Trust Quotes to Help You Build Trust

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Trust is “a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” These trust quotes show what it means to be trusting and trustworthy.

When we trust someone, we have confidence in them and in their honesty and integrity. We believe that they will do the things they say they will, and recognize their abilities and strengths.

Trust can be a fragile thing, but it is the foundation on which all relationships are built.

In that spirit, here are the best trust quotes to help you trust more easily. So whether you’re starting a new relationship, want to be more trusting of others, or work on being trustworthy yourself, you’ll find the perfect trust quote here.

Top 10 Trust Quotes

He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.

Lao Tzu

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

Ernest Hemingway
Santosh Kalwar quote "Trust starts with truth and ends with truth"
“Trust starts with truth and ends with truth.” – Santosh Kalwar

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust, but verify.

Ronald Reagan

You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.

Anton Chekhov

Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

Lincoln Chafee quote "Trust is built with consistency"
“Trust is built with consistency.” – Lincoln Chafee

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

Stephen Covey

Trust is like a vase, once it’s broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be same again.

Walter Anderson

Quotes about Trust

Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.

Roy T. Bennett

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

Maya Angelou

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.

Albert Einstein

The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.

Abraham Lincoln
Dean Ornish quote "Fear leads to more fear, and trust leads to more trust"
“Fear leads to more fear, and trust leads to more trust.” – Dean Ornish

The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.

Stephen King

Keep your promises and be consistent. Be the kind of person others can trust.

Roy T. Bennett

I would rather trust a woman’s instinct than a man’s reason.

Stanley Baldwin

Trust is not the same as faith. A friend is someone you trust. Putting faith in anyone is a mistake.

Christopher Hitchens

Trust dies but mistrust blossoms.


You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Abraham Lincoln

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.

Zig Ziglar
"Trust opens up new and unimagined possibilities"
“Trust opens up new and unimagined possibilities.” – Robert C. Solomon

Trust is very hard if you don’t know what you’re trusting.

Marianne Williamson

Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.

Jodi Picoult

Trust is not an obsession, it’s an extension of love. When we truly love someone, we give them our heart to hold in their hands. And when that love is returned, that very trust is balm to our souls.

Julie Lessman

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust.

Albert Einstein

The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.

Suzanne Collins

Responsibility is always a sign of trust.

James Cash Penney

We’re paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It’s that simple.

Harper Lee,
To Kill A Mockingbird

One of the reasons I don’t trust the media is you can’t have a double standard for guys you like and dislike.

Charles Barkley
George MacDonald quote "To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved"
“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald

When truth takes a backseat to ego and politics, trust is lost.

Patrick Lencioni

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?

George Eliot

I read the New York Times but I don’t trust all of it.

David Byrne

Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.

Rick Warren

Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work.

Warren Bennis

Because you believed I was capable of behaving decently, I did.

Paolo Coelho

The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself.

Winston Churchill
"Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved"
“Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.” – William P. Young

Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.

Frank Sonnenberg

A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.

Thomas Paine

Trust is only gained when one person risks and doesn’t get harmed. It grows as both people increasingly risk and don’t get harmed in the process.

Glen Williams

Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean.

Don Miguel Ruiz

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

Elizabeth Gilbert

Always tell the truth or the truth will tell on you.

Frank Sonnenberg

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

Oprah Winfrey

The primary reason people believe in anything is because others believe.

Brian Norgard
Anonymous quote "Don’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar.
“Don’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar.” – Unknown

Only those you trust can betray you.

Terry Goodkind

Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Booker T. Washington

Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.

Richard Rohr

It is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together.

H.L. Mencken

Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, even harder.

Maria V. Snyder

Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.

Isaac Watts

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.

Doris Lessing
Stephen Covey trust quote "Trust is the highest form of human motivation"
“Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people.” – Stephen Covey

Learn to trust the journey, even when you do not understand it.

Lolly Daskal

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

Alfred Adler

Trusting Others

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.


A king who trusts no man is weak.

Patricia Briggs

Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.

Eric Sevareid

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

English Proverb

A man trusts another man when he sees enough of himself in him.

Gregory David Roberts

You can’t trust anybody with power.

Newt Gingrich
"Don’t trust people who tell you other people’s secrets"
“Don’t trust people who tell you other people’s secrets.” – Dan Howell

Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

Finley Peter Dunne

To trust people is a luxury in which only the wealthy can indulge; the poor cannot afford it.

E.M. Forster

Never trust the version that people give of themselves — it is utterly unreliable.

Robert Greene

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.

Rene Descartes

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


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

Agatha Christie

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.

Harold Macmillan
Virgil quote "Trust one who has gone through it"
“Trust one who has gone through it.” – Virgil

People that have trust issues only need to look in the mirror. There they will meet the one person that will betray them the most.

Shannon L. Adler

It’s good to trust others but not to do so is much better.

Benito Mussolini

Sometimes you don’t know who you can and cannot trust. I still learn that over and over again.

Demi Lovato

It’s a delight to trust somebody so completely.

Jeff Goldblum

If you have three people in your life that you can trust, you can consider yourself the luckiest person in the whole world.

Selena Gomez

In this world, there was nothing scarier than trusting someone. But there was also nothing more rewarding.

Brad Meltzer

I trust everyone. I just don’t trust the devil inside them.

Troy Kennedy-Martin

Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.

Beau Mirchoff quote "A healthy relationship is built on unwavering trust"
“A healthy relationship is built on unwavering trust.” – Beau Mirchoff

There’s never a reason to trust someone. If there’s a reason, then it’s not trust.

Gerald Morris

People are smarter than you think. Give them a chance to prove themselves.

Tim Ferris

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

David Armistead

Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.

Julianne Moore

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself.

Robert E. Lee

Trusting Yourself

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I trust myself. You need that to survive.

Yoko Ono

Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.

David Gemmell
Sanntosh Kalwar quote "Trust yourself, you will start to trust others"
“Trust yourself, you will start to trust others.” – Santosh Kalwar

Take no one’s word for anything, including mine – but trust your experience.

James Baldwin

You must train your intuition – you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.

Ingrid Bergman

I trust no one, not even myself.

Joseph Stalin

Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. Go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I’ve learned, that’s the path to happiness.

Lesley Ann Warren

Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.

Joyce Brothers

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you cannot trust yourself, you cannot even trust your mistrust of yourself – so that without this underlying trust in the whole system of nature you are simply paralyzed.

Alan Watts

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.

Frank Crane
Emerson quote "In self trust all the virtues are comprehended"
“In self-trust all the virtues are comprehended.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Kahlil Gibran

Trusting God

Quit questioning God and start trusting Him!

Joel Osteen

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corie ten Boom

We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.

Lord Byron

Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God.

Lawrence Welk

They that trust in the Lord shall never be confounded!

George Muller
Jean Shepherd quote "In God we trust all others pay cash"
“In God we trust, all others pay cash.” – Jean Shepherd

Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry.

Oliver Cromwell

Trust is that rare and priceless treasure that wins us the affection of our heavenly Father.

Brennan Manning

We hope these trust quotes have you ready to trust others and yourself.

Building trust is crucial for the survival of your friendships, romantic relationships, and workplace connections. Without trust, relationships fail because one or both parties feel insecure or let down.

Cultivate trust by being open and transparent in the beginning; being dependable, consistent, and reliable; and taking responsibility when things don’t work out quite you planned.

So get out there and give trust a chance again today!

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.

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