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Trust is a relationship of reliance. A trusted party is presumed to seek to fulfill policies, ethical codes, law and their previous promises.
- A person who trusts no one cannot be trusted.
- Jerome Blattner, as quoted in Microeconomic Theory second edition: Concepts and Connections (2013) by Michael E. Wetzstein, Routledge; and in Quotes on Trustworthiness at academicintegrity.org
- All doubt is cowardice — all trust is brave.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, King Arthur (1848-9), Book XII, Chapter XXVIII.
- You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.
- Frank Crane, quoted in Business Education World, Vol. 15 (1935) p. 172
- You should not look for dramatic changes in the immediate future. The changes will take place bit by bit with the minimum of upset, the minimum destruction or conflict in the societies of the world, so that it is acceptable. Whatever is acceptable will be implemented. What is not acceptable... will be held over until it is acceptable and it will only be acceptable when trust is created. That trust will be created by the economic change, the number one change, the answer to all our problems really, the starting part of the answer to all our problems is in the change in the economic redistribution of the world's resources, which... the masters written over and over again is the key to all further changes because it creates trust and when you create trust, all things become possible.
- Benjamin Creme speaking about Unity, (2001)
- Mankind are not held together by lies. Trust is the foundation of society. Where there is no truth, there can be no trust, and where there is no trust, there can be no society. Where there is society, there is trust, and where there is trust, there is something upon which it is supported.
- Frederick Douglass, "Our Composite Nationality" (7 December 1869), Boston, Massachusetts
- Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs.
- Albert Einstein posthumously published, as quoted in Albert Einstein: Historical and Cultural Perspectives by Gerald James Holton, Yehuda Elkana p. 388
- Dear, I trusted you
As holy men trust God. You could do naught
That was not pure and loving—though the deed
Might pierce me unto death.
- George Eliot, The Spanish Gypsy (1868), Book III.
- All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. It is vain to hurry it. By trusting it to the end it shall ripen into truth, and you shall know why you believe.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays (First series, 1841), Essay XI : Intellect.
- If I have put my trust in gold
or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’
if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,
the fortune my hands had gained,
if I have regarded the sun in its radiance
or the moon moving in splendor,
so that my heart was secretly enticed
and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
then these also would be sins to be judged,
for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
- In Reason, Nature, Truth, he dares to trust:
Ye Fops, be silent: and ye Wits, be just.
- Samuel Johnson in The Tragedy of Irene (1749), Prologue.
- As it is necessary not to invite robbery by supineness, so it is our duty not to suppress tenderness by suspicion; it is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 79 (18 December 1750).
- Thou know'st how fearless is my trust in thee.
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon The Golden Violet (1827) Title poem, ‘The Child of the Sea’
- As our fathers trusted humbly, teach us Lord to trust thee still.
- [T]ruth is in its usual place, somewhere in the middle between the extremes.
- Bernard Lewis, "The New Antisemitism" (2006), The American Scholar Journal, Volume 75, No. 1, pp. 25-36
- To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
- George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie (1877), Chapter IV.
- My body aches from mistakes betrayed by lust
We lied to each other so much that in nothing we trust
- Trust, from the album Cryptic Writings by Megadeth, written by Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman
- That, in tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun,
Trust to me!
- Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part II, Canto VI, Stanza 15.
- Trust requires time and experience.
- "First Contact" (29 April 1991) with story by Marc Soctt Zicree and teleplay by Dennis Bailey & David Bischoff and Joe Menosky & Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller. See also: End of Youtube Video "Captain Picard demonstrates diplomacy." (06.10.2013) by user "SkaIathrax".
- Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
- Psalm 16:1. The stained glass window of the Prayer Room in the United States Capitol contains this verse.
- Do not put your trust in princes,
- in human beings, who cannot save.
- When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
- I well believe
Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know;
And so far will I trust thee.
- William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I (c. 1597), Act II, scene 3, line 114.
- Let every eye negotiate for itself,
And trust no agent.
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99), Act II, scene 1, line 185.
- My life upon her faith!
- William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603), Act I, scene 3, line 295.
- I am sorry I must never trust thee more,
But count the world a stranger for thy sake:
The private wound is deepest.
- William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1590s), Act V, scene 4, line 69.
- Edward Snowden: The NSA has the greatest surveillance capabilities that we've ever seen in history; now what they will argue is that they don't use this for nefarious purposes against American citizens, in some ways that's true, but the real problem is that they are using these capabilities to make us vulnerable to them and then saying while I have a gun pointed at your head I'm not gonna pull the trigger, trust me.
- John Oliver (comedian) interview with Edward Snowden Last Week Tonight: Government Surveillance (April 5th 2015)
- To the trustworthy man belongs a divine voice. The barge on the river and the chariot on the road come to him.
- Evidently you do not trust me. This does not predispose me to trust you.
- Jack Vance, The Dirdir (1969), Chapter 12
- We have a saying in the movement that we don't trust anybody over 30.
- Jack Weinberg, twenty-four year old leader of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, California, interview with San Francisco Chronicle reporter, c. 1965. Weinberg later said he did not actually believe the statement, but said it as a kind of taunt to a question asking if there were outside adults manipulating the organization. Reported in The Washington Post (March 23, 1970), p. A1.
- Trust in me in all you do
Have the faith I have in you
Love will see us through
If only you trust in me
Why don't you, you trust me
- Ned Wever, Milton Ager and Jean Schwartz. Trust in Me (1937)
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 816-17.
- The greatest trust between man and man is the trust of giving counsel.
- Francis Bacon, Essays, Of Counsel.
- Build a little fence of trust
Fill the space with loving work,
And therein stay;
Look not through the sheltering bars
God will help thee bear what comes
Of joy or sorrow.
- Mary Frances Butts, Trust.
- Who would not rather trust and be deceived?
- Eliza Cook, Love On.
- Trust in God, and keep your powder dry.
- Oliver Cromwell. See Valentine Blacker, Col. Oliver's Advice, in Ballads of Ireland. I. 191.
- A little trust that when we die
We reap our sowing, and so—Good-bye.
- George B. DuMaurier, Trilby, inscribed on his Memorial Tablet, Hampstead Churchyard.
- Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, On Prudence.
- I too
Will cast the spear and leave the rest to Jove.
- Homer, Iliad, Book XVII, line 622. Bryant's translation.
- Thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed.
- Isaiah. XXXVI. 6.
- O holy trust! O endless sense of rest!
Like the beloved John
To lay his head upon the Saviour's breast,
And thus to journey on!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hymn, Stanza 5.
- "Eyes to the blind"
Thou art, O God! Earth I no longer see,
Yet trustfully my spirit looks to thee.
- Alice Bradley Neal, Blind, Part II.
- You may trust him in the dark.
- Roman proverb cited by Cicero.