Compiled by Mia Inderbitzin


To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
—George MacDonald

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
—Alfred Adler

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.
—Booker T. Washington

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
—John F. Kennedy

Trust everybody, but cut the cards.
—Finley Peter Dunne

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.
—Frank Crane

You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.
—Indira Gandhi

Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
—Agatha Christie

A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.
—Nanette Newman

The leaders who work most effectively never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
—Peter Drucker

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 you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, adapted

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
—Rita Mae Brown

Love all, trust a few.
—William Shakespeare

It is impossible to go through life without trust:
That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.
—Graham Greene

For it is mutual trust—even more than mutual interest—that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe… Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.
—H. L. Mencken

The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.
—Henry L. Stimson

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.
—J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, 1999

A person who trusts no one can’t be trusted.
—Jerome Blattner

Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.
—Johann K. Lavater

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are people I know who won’t hurt me. I call them corpses.
—Randy K. Milholland

When I’m trusting and being myself... everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
—Shakti Gawain