Distrust Quotes

When you disarm your subjects you offend them by showing that either from cowardliness or lack of faith, you distrust them; and either conclusion will induce them to hate you.

Niccolo Machiavelli

The feeling of mistrust is always the last which a great mind acquires.

Jean Baptiste Racine

The best rules to form a young man, are, to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.

William Temple

The resistance of policy-makers to intelligence is not just founded on an ideological presupposition. They distrust intelligence sources and intelligence officials because they don't understand what the real problems are.

Aldrich Ames

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.

Norman Douglas

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

Confucius

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

William E. Gladstone

Monopolists who fear competition and who distrust democracy because it stands for equal opportunity would like to secure their position against small and energetic enterprise.

Henry A. Wallace

Parents can make us distrust ourselves. To them, we seem always to be works-in-progress.

Frank Pittman

Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization.

Franz Boas

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it.

Alfred North Whitehead

Country people tend to consider that they have a corner on righteousness and to distrust most manifestations of cleverness, while people in the city are leery of righteousness but ascribe to themselves all manner of cleverness.

Edward Hoagland

However much we may distrust men's sincerity, we always believe they speak to us more sincerely than to others.

François de la Rochefoucauld

When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.

Samuel Johnson

A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity not conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.

Suzanne Curchod Necker

Excessive distrust is not less hurtful than its opposite. Most men become useless to him who is unwilling to risk being deceived.

Luc De Vauvanargues

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful! Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?

Friedrich Nietzsche

I distrust all systematisers, and avoid them. The will to a system shows a lack of honesty.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

Susan B. Anthony

When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.

Samuel Johnson

Three things a wise man will not trust, The wind, the sunshine of an April day, And woman's plighted faith.

Robert Southey

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Updated On : May 27, 2011
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