Honesty is always the best policy. Several examples from literature, history, and medical tv shows demonstrate that by being honest, people can avoid possible ramifications.
As exemplified by Mr. Rochester's disingenuousness in the classic Jane Eyre, honesty is always more beneficial than dishonesty. Albeit already married, Mr. Rochester attempted to wed the protagonist Jane without informing her about his wife. When Jane discovered at the altar that Mr. Rochester was already married, she lost all trust and faith in him. Mr. Rochester admitted that he had feared Jane would leave him if he had told her the truth. Ironically, Jane would have stayed with Rochester had he been candid. Jane ceased trusting Rochester after realizing his attempt at bigamy. She eventually left him because of his dishonesty, which shows that honesty is always the best option.
One example that delineates the importance of honesty in history is the meat packing scandal that occurred in America in the early 1900. Lawrence Siasko, the CEO of a large meat packing company, deliberately lowered the quality of meat in order to maximize his profits. He amalgamated meat with various ingredients including dust, flour, and dirt, yet claimed that the products were 100 percent meat. Siasko faced ramifications when a muckraker named Jacob Riis divulged Siasko's dishonest ways. Siasko was forced to relinquish his CEO position, which shows that dishonesty almost always leads to negative consequences. Honesty is the best policy.
Lastly, Meredith's honesty in the medical drama Grey's Anatomy exemplifies the repercussions that can be eluded by being honest. Meredith unintentionally punctured a patient's heart with her finger during surgery, but was exonerated from all punishment when she honestly admitted her blunder. By being honest, Meredith avoided trouble and many implications. Her honesty on Grey's Anatomy portrays that honesty is indeed the best policy.
As demonstrated by Mr. Rochester's insincerity, the dishonest of the meat packing CEO, and Meredith's frankness in Grey's Anatomy, honesty is always the best policy.