14 Best Poems About Truth and Honesty

Truth saves and lies destroy. No one believes a liar. Many lies are used to cover a lie. Inspirational best and short poems about truth and honesty are given here.

Truth Is The Sun

Best Poem About Truth


Lie And Truth

Poet: James Henry Thomas

”Good morning, Lie” said Truth one day;
”Where are you going up this way?”
Said Lie, “I’m going to dress like you,
For something that I have in view.”

Said Truth, “My garment’s white and pure,
I know they’ll not look well on you.”
Said Lie, “I’ll paint my face like yours.
The other parts I’ll not expose.”

Said Truth, “You cannot look like me,
You’ll be condemned, where’er you be.”
“I’ll do my best,” said Lie to Truth,
“To look like you and fool some youth.”

Said Truth, “The parents train the youth
So when they’re grown, they know I’m Truth.
Said Lie, “I’ll grow as strong as they.
And entice them to go my way.”

“Well, Lie,” said Truth, “what would you do
If I’d wash all the paint off you?”
Said Lie, “I’d paint my face again;
They’d think that you and I are kin.”

Said Truth, “This would be wrong of you.
To deceive them who would be true.”
Said Lie, ‘They always make their choice;
When they choose me I do rejoice.”

*The tongue that tells a lie,” said Truth,
”Is building up the devil’s booth.”
“The man who owns the tongue,” said Lie,
“Gets wealth and honor by and by.”

Said Truth, “His wealth can’t save his soul.
Nor make his sinful body whole.”
“Ah well,” said Lie, “You cannot see
The side of it that interests me.”

So Lie and Truth together went;
On different missions they were sent.
One went to break the Lord’s command,
The other took a moral stand.


Speak The Truth by Catharine Ryder

Speak The Truth


Days Of Truth

Poet: J.J. Thorne

Let our days be of truth,
Truth our pleasure depends,
It makes for us
A world of friends.

A pious love in humane hearts,
Death only can depart.
It lives in unity and preserves
A good conscience and honest heart.

If our conscience be our guide,
We will do our part,
All that lies in our power,
Until nature opens our heart.

If we live and deal in harmony
It will make friends to take our part,
If in our hearts we place the truth,
We will die with an honest heart.


Great Truths

Poet: Horatius Bonar

Great truths are dearly bought. The common truth,
Such as men give and take from day to day,
Comes in the common walk of easy life,
Blown by the careless wind across our way.

Great truths are greatly won, not found by chance,
Nor wafted on the breath of summer dream;
But grasped in the great struggle of the soul
Hard buffeting with adverse wind and stream.

But in the day of conflict, fear and grief.
When the strong hand of God, put forth in might.
Plows up the subsoil of the stagnant heart
And brings the imprisoned truth-seed to the light,

Wrung from the troubled spirit in hard hours
Of weakness, solitude, perchance of pain,
Truth springs like harvest from the well-plowed field.
And the soul feels it has not wept in vain.


The Only Way

Poet: Samatha Anne Marie Lynch, ©2020

Without the truth, relationships die
There is nothing any worse than a little white lie.
Speaking the truth may
Be uncomfortable in a way

So whatever you do
Be honest and true
Cause at the end of the day
It is the only way!



Poet: Maria J Dodge

Turn while yet the sun is shining,
Turn to honor and to truth;

Turn before the day’s declining;
Seek the soul’s more perfect growth.

Turn unto the paths of duty,
Left for you by those of old;

Ye shall find a world of beauty,
Better far than paltry gold.


Life Stanzas

Poet: Robert Browning

Truth is within ourselves: it takes no rise
From outward things, whate’er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all.
Where Truth abides in fulness. . . .

And, to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape,
Than in eflecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.

I count life just a stuff
To try the soul’s strength on, educe the man.
Who keeps one end in view makes all things serve.
Truth is the strong thing.
Let man’s life be true.



Poet: Unknown

Boy, at all times tell the truth,
Let no lie defile thy mouth;
If thou’rt wrong, be still the same 
Speak the truth and bear the blame.

Truth is honest, truth is sure;
Truth is strong, and must endure;
Falsehood lasts a single day,
Then it vanishes away.

Boy, at all times tell the truth,
Let no lie defile thy mouth;
Truth is steadfast, sure, and fast 
Certain to prevail at last.


An Easy World

Poet: Edgar A. Guest

It’s an easy world to live in if you choose to make it so;
You never need to suffer, save the griefs that all must know;
If you’ll stay upon the level and will ‘do the best you can
You will never lack the friendship of a kindly fellow man.

Life’s an easy road to travel if you’ll only walk it straight;
There are many here to help you in your little bouts with fate;
When the clouds begin to gather and your hopes begin to fade,
If you’ve only toiled in honor you won’t have to call for aid.

But if you’ve bartered friendship and the faith on which it rests
For a temporary winning; if you’ve cheated in the tests.
If with promises you’ve broken, you have chilled the hearts of men;
It is vain to look for friendship for it will not come again.

Oh, the world is full of kindness, thronged with men who want to be
Of some service to their neighbors and they’ll run to you or me
When we’re needing their assistance if we’ve lived upon the square,
But they’ll spurn us in our trouble if we’ve always been unfair.

It’s an easy world to live in; all you really need to do
Is the decent thing and proper and then friends will flock to you;
But let dishonor trail you and some stormy day you’ll find
To your heart’s supremest sorrow that you’ve made the world unkind.


Speak The Truth

Poet: Unknown

Speak the truth!
Speak it boldy, never fear;
Speak it so that all may hear;
In the end it shall appear,
Truth is best in age and youth.
Speak the truth!

Speak the truth!
Truth is beautiful and brave,
Strong to bless and strong to save;
Falsehood is a coward knave;
From it turn thy steps in youth –
Follow truth! O may such truth be ours!


A Life Of Harmony

Poet: J. J. Thorne

Truth makes a life of harmony,
It rewards us when we die,
It serves as an epitaph on our tomb,
A life above a lie.

Truth guards and preserves our bodies on earth.
Peace to the soul it does apply,
A home of joy, peace and rest,
Unmolested by a lie.

If truth we plant in our breast,
It will never make a sigh,
Our hearts will condemn with guilt,
If we tell a lie.

Truth unites a love in our hearts,
Though strangers may be you and I,
If we meet with truth the rose of honor
It blooms with purity and blasts a lie.

Truthful lips and honest hearts
The devil has to deny,
But happy is he when he
Can make us tell a lie.

Truth is a holy spirit,
A blessing from above the sky.
‘Tis satan and his evil spirit
That teaches us a lie.



by Henry H. Crane

There are numerous ways of lying –
all of them bad, some worse.

We can lie by saying nothing.
When silence gives consent to something false,
we must speak up or share the falsehood.

We can lie with looks, gestures, attitudes.
There is the innocent appearance of the experienced deceiver,
the ostentatious salute of the traitor, the wise pose of the ignoramus.

We can even lie by telling the truth – that is,
by telling a piece of the truth instead of
the whole truth, thus giving a wrong impression.



Poet: Unknown

Don’t borrow a creed from other people,
Nor hang most faith on the stoutest steeple.
Look up for your law, but oh! look higher
Than the hands on any human spire.
If ten think alike, and you think alone,
That never proves ’tis ten to one
They are right, you wrong; for truth, you see,
Is not a thing of majority.
It never can make you false, them true,
That there’s more of them than there is of you:
If your touch is on Truth’s garment’s hem,
There is more of you than a world of them.


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