being thorough in ones honesty to try to paint the most complete and honest picture of what needs to be known

a.k.a. frankness, parrhêsia

Candor means not waiting to be asked, but anticipating what a person wants to know even if they do not yet know enough to know that they want to know it.

“Radical Honesty” might be worth a google search here.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • being “technically honest”
  • artlessness (a vice of excess; being frank in a tactless, overly-blunt way)

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “The great man is the one who has never lost the innocence and candor of his childhood.” ―Mencius (孟子)
  • “A good conscience fears no witness, but a guilty conscience is solicitous even in solitude. If we do nothing but what is honest, let all the world know it; but if otherwise, what does it signify to have nobody else know it, so long as I know it myself? Miserable is he that slights that witness!” ―Seneca