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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.


  • Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
    • The Bible, Psalms 16:1. The stained glass window of the Prayer Room in the United States Capitol contains this verse.
  • I will say to Jehovah: “You are my refuge and my stronghold, My God in whom I trust.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Reason, Nature, Truth, he dares to trust:
    Ye Fops, be silent: and ye Wits, be just.
  • 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.
  • To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
  • 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.
  • Elisa Maza: Listen, Goliath, we haven't know each other very long, and I know you don't have any good reason to trust humans... But you've got to trust somebody in this world. And I think you'd be better off with me than with Xanatos... You won't regret it.
    • Gargoyles (TV series) Awakening part 3, teleplay by: Michael Reaves, story by: Michael Reaves & Eric Luke
  • Goliath: Tell him the truth.
Elisa Maza: The truth! The whole truth? Including the part about gargoyles living in New York? That's not my secret to tell!
Broadway: You shouldn't have to. He should trust you.
Brooklyn: Trust doesn't mean much without honesty.
  • Alright check it
    Let me tell you this in closing
    I know we might seem imposing
    But trust me, if we ever show in your section
    Believe me, it's for your own protection
'Cause we see things that you need not see
And we be places that you need not be
So go on with your life
Forget that Roswell crap
Show love to the black suit
'Cause that's the men in
That's the men in.
  • 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 than saying while I have a gun pointed at your head I'm not gonna pull the trigger, trust me.
  • 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.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.
  • Build a little fence of trust
    Around to-day;
    Fill the space with loving work,
    And therein stay;
    Look not through the sheltering bars
    Upon to-morrow;
    God will help thee bear what comes
    Of joy or sorrow.
  • Who would not rather trust and be deceived?
  • A little trust that when we die
    We reap our sowing, and so—Good-bye.
  • Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
  • 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!
  • "Eyes to the blind"
    Thou art, O God! Earth I no longer see,
    Yet trustfully my spirit looks to thee.
  • You may trust him in the dark.
    • Roman proverb cited by Cicero.

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