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

Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.

John Churton Collins

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.


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

William E. Gladstone

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

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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