To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
—George MacDonald (1824–1905) Scottish Christian Author, Poet, Minister
Trust, but verify.
Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
—Booker T. Washington (1856–1915) African-American Educationist
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
—The Holy Bible Scripture in the Christian Faith
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell that would tell anything.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet
Don’t say you don’t have enough time.
You have exactly the same number of hours per day
that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur,
Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci,
Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
—H. Jackson Brown, Jr. American Author
He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.
—Berthold Auerbach (1812–82) German Jewish Poet, Novelist
One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.
—E. M. Forster (1879–1970) English Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist
Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.
—John Churton Collins (1848–1908) English Literary Critic
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
—Agatha Christie (1890–1976) British Novelist, Short-Story Writer, Playwright
What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step toward truth.
—Denis Diderot (1713–84) French Philosopher, Writer
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.
—Henry L. Stimson (1867–1950) American Political leader, Military Leader, Lawyer
The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.
—Elizabeth Gilbert (b.1969) American Novelist, Memoirist
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
—Bernard Berenson (1865–1959) Russian-born American Art Historian
It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
—Graham Greene (1904–91) British Novelist, Playwright, Short Story Writer
When a man has no reason to trust himself, he trusts in luck.
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor
Trust not any man with thy life, credit, or estate. For it is mere folly for a man to enthrall himself to his friend, as though, occasion being offered, he might not become an enemy.
—William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley (1521–98) English Political leader
I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot…And I missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is precisely…Why I succeed.
—Michael Jordan (b.1963) American Sportsperson, Businessperson
Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
—Herodotus (c.485–425 BCE) Ancient Greek Historian
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
—Rita Mae Brown (b.1944) American Writer, Feminist
We’re all born brave, trusting, and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Trust one who has tried.
—Virgil (70–19 BCE) Roman Poet
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–94) American Physician, Essayist
Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
—Hosea Ballou (1771–1852) American Universalist Clergyman, Writer
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
—Alfred Adler (1870–1937) Austrian Psychiatrist