assumption of and reliance on the honesty of another party
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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.

If I have put my trust in gold ... I would have been unfaithful to God on high. ~ Job
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
Trust requires time and experience. ~ Jean-Luc Picard


  • All doubt is cowardice — all trust is brave.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thou know'st how fearless is my trust in thee.
  • [T]ruth is in its usual place, somewhere in the middle between the extremes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I will say to Jehovah: “You are my refuge and my stronghold, My God in whom I trust.”
  • Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
  • If strong trust is not knotted in the foundation of love, a home that could shield its inhabitants could not be built. And life could not be lived wet, whether it be in rain or tears.
  • 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.
  • Evidently you do not trust me. This does not predispose me to trust you.
  • 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

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.
  • 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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