is to rely upon or place confidence in someone or something.


“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast in the pool where you least expect it; there will be a fish.”

Ovid (43-18); Roman poet

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.”

George MacDonald (born 1824); author, poet, minister

“It is impossible to go through life without trust: that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.”

Graham Greene (1904-1991); novelist, playwright, critic

“It is more shameful to distrust one's friends than to be deceived by them.”

François Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680); writer, moralist

“I admire those who trust and are trustworthy.”

Rachel Joy Scott (1981-1999); student, first victim of the Columbine High School massacre

“Trust everybody, but cut the cards.”

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936); humorist, writer

“It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.”

English Proverb

“It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.”

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); poet, essayist, lexicographer

“Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself.”

John Harold poet

“Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.”

John Fellows Akers (born 1934); business executive

“Mistrust makes life difficult. Trust makes it risky.”

Mason Cooley (1927-2002); U.S. Aphorist

“Trust and honesty is an investment you put in people.”

Rachel Joy Scott (1981-1999); student, first victim of the Columbine High School massacre

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.”

Billy Wilder (1906-2002); filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.”

Frank H. Crane (born 1912); writer

“Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities for which they were previously unaware.”

David Armistead professor

“Life was given to us to be an intentional event; Make it so!”

Sean A. Frontz

“The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.”

Elizabeth Gilbert (born 1969); author

“You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.”

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984); Prime Minister of India

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”

Rita Mae Brown (born 1944); writer

“No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”

George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880); novelist, editor

“The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.”

Henry Lewis Stimson (1867-1930); U.S. politician

“Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it. ”

James Allen (1864-1912); writer

“Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others.”

Peter Farquharson

“One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.”

E. M. Forster (1879-1970); novelist, essayist

“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast in the pool where you least expect it; there will be a fish.”

Ovid (43-18); Roman poet

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”

Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981); pacifist, peace-activist

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

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Jermaine Lindo about 1 year ago from Mt.vernon,new york

Trust is setting someone free knowing they may hurt you and having the courage to do it anyway.
Sissy about 1 year ago from Portland Michigan

I agree with Clay H. that trust is earned through honesty and action.
Chang over 1 year ago from New York, NY

A confiança é a base de qualquer tipo de relacionamento, por isso precisamos ser e buscar pessoas confiáveis para perto de nós. Trust is the foundation of any relationship, so we must be reliable and get people closer to us.
Anderson about 2 years ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

Yeah like not stealing money, chains, or jewelery.
edward sands about 2 years ago from amityville,ny

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