Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 20th century justice of the United States Supreme Court)

Before they learn to be deceitful, children are often very blunt, stating the facts as they see them. (Remember the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”?) They soon learn, unfortunately, how to lie, but their early innocence is a delight to behold, although at times it can be embarrassing. How sad that adults are often not more forthright.

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. (Proverbs 12:19) Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor. Ephesians 4:25)