Quotes About Trust

Trust is the cornerstone of every relationship. It's important to build and maintain it for you and your partner. So, when you're feeling a bit low on trust, here are some terrific ways to remember that trust is important in relationship quotes from throughout the ages.

The following quotes will help rebuild your confidence and get you through the day:

  • "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it." – Warren Buffett

  • "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." – Albert Einstein

  • "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

  • "The worst part about being lied to is knowing that you weren't worth the truth." – Mishaela

  • "Don't ever break someone's trust. Once you do, then nobody wants to do business with you." – Robert Budi Hartono

  • "After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can't trust a person?" – Evelyn Waugh

  • "A man trusts another man when he sees enough of himself in him." – Gregory David Roberts

  • "Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time." – Maya Angelou

  • "I'm not upset that you lied to me; I'm upset from now on I can't believe you." – Friedrich Nietzsche

  • "To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved." – George MacDonald

As you can see, these aren't just trust quotes for relationships, but for all manners of human interaction. Trust is a central part of human communication.

  • "I love you is far different from I trust you." – Shelaxai

  • "Trust leads to approachability and open communications." – Scott Weiss

  • "Trust but verify." – Ronald Reagan

  • "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 R. Covey

  • "Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go." – Natalie Goldberg

  • "Trust is built with consistency." – Lincoln Chafee

  • "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

  • "When mistrust comes in, loves goes out." – Irish proverb

  • "It is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest, that holds human associations together." – H. L. Mencken

  • "Trust is built when someone is vulnerable and not taken advantage of." – Bob Vanourek

Indeed, without trust, society as a whole might cease to function. From family to work, we trust others all around us everyday to keep their word and do as they say they will.

  • "I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason." – Stanley Baldwin

  • "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." – William Shakespeare

  • "Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody." – John Churton Collins

  • "Trust is like a mirror - you can fix it if it's broken, but you can still see the crack in that motherf*cker's reflection." – Lady Gaga

  • "The glue that holds all relationships together – including the relationship between the leader and the led – is trust, and trust is based on integrity." – Brian Tracy

  • "Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks." – Isaac Watts

  • "Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust – even harder." – Maria V. Snyder

  • "To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved." – George MacDonald

  • "It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them." – Confucius

  • "We're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple." – Harper Lee

Part of the popularity of these quotes can be attributed to the great minds which have pondered the nature of trust. As a fundamental part of being human, both artists and philosophers alike have pondered its true nature.

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

  • "The people, when rightly and fully trusted, will return the trust." – Abraham Lincoln

  • "To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead, you relax and float." – Alan Wilson Watts

  • "The best proof of love is trust." – Joyce Brothers

  • "Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel." – Doris Lessing

  • "Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved." – William P. Young

  • "None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith." – Paulo Coelho

  • "Trust yourself; you will start to trust others" – Santosh Kalwar

  • "You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible." – Anton Chekhov

  • "He who does not trust enough will not be trusted." – Lao Tzu

Like most things worth having, we find trust is hard to gain and easy to lose. If there is an underlying theme to trust quotes, this would be it. Treasure trust and try never to break it.

  • "The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him." – Henry L. Stimson

  • "Trust is like blood pressure: it's silent, vital to good health, and if abused, it can be deadly." – Frank Sonnenberg

  • "Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to." – Julianne Moore

  • "Earn trust, earn trust, earn trust. Then you can worry about the rest." – Seth Godin

  • "In the end, you have to choose whether or not to trust someone." – Sophie Kinsella

  • "The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." – Ernest Hemingway

  • "Trust starts with truth and ends with truth." – Santosh Kalwar

  • "Trust has to be earned and should come only after the passage of time." – Arthur Ashe

  • "You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough." – Frank Crane

  • "Trust should be the basis for all our moral training." – Robert Baden-Powell

It's All About Trust

We've seen that trust is important in relationship quotes as well as in more general quotes about trust. One theme central to all is how trust is a fundamental cornerstone of human interaction. It's not only necessary for keeping our personal relationships healthy, but to keep society as a whole functioning as it should.

We often take trust for granted and don't realize how much we do this in our lives. Paying attention can help us be more discerning in the future, though, so we can trust where it is most deserved.

Mark Davis
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I'm a professional writer and systems analyst. My interests are sociology and philosophy. I love exploring human interaction, our need for companionship and how to hone the tools necessary to create lasting, meaningful bonds with one another.