Quotes and Sayings about Distrust



"A usurper always distrusts the whole world."
- Vittorio Alfieri
(Related: World)

"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
(Related: Intelligence, Policy, Distrust, Problems)

"Princess Rose should indeed be a TV movie, assuming something doesn't go wrong. I don't know how good a movie it will be, because the way movie folk think is different from the way writers think, and I distrust what isn't done my way. This is what I call a healthy paranoia."
- Piers Anthony
(Related: Distrust, Folk, Paranoia, Will, Writers, Wrong)

"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
(Related: God, People, Distrust)

"I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows."
- Susan B. Anthony
(Related: God, People, Distrust)

"There is a lesson there about greed and it is a lesson I am willing to learn as well. Has it made me a distrustful person? I don't think so. But we probably look a bit more carefully at our financial situation now."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Financial, Greed, Now)

"It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Country, Mind)

"The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization."
- Franz Boas
(Related: Civilization, Disease, Distrust, Nations)

"The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: People, Distrust, Press, Service)

"The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them."
- Camillo di Cavour
(Related: Men, Man, Mistakes, Will)

"Distrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Love, Acquaintance, Distrust, Reason)

"It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them."
- Confucius
(Related: Distrust, Friends)

"Authors are sometimes like tomcats: They distrust all the other toms but they are kind to kittens."
- Malcolm Cowley
(Related: Distrust)

"What we need is not more distrust and division. What we need now is acceptance."
- Tom Daschle
(Related: Acceptance, Distrust, Now)

"I believed that I was being forced to sacrifice my family and my career in defense of the Communist Party, from which I had long been separated and which I had grown to dislike and distrust."
- Edward Dmytryk
(Related: Family, Sacrifice, Being, Career, Defense, Distrust, Party)

"Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty."
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Authority, Distrust, Duty, First)

"What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?"
- George Eliot
(Related: Distrust, Loneliness, Lonely)

"You feel yourself working to show something. I've learned to distrust that feeling."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Distrust, Feeling)

"I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Men, Blood, Distrust, Man, Pleasure)

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Caution, Distrust, Parents, Security)

"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear."
- William E. Gladstone
(Related: Trust, People, Fear, Conservatism, Distrust, Liberalism, Prudence)

"The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action."
- Frank Herbert
(Related: People, Action, Distrust, Want)

"When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith."
- Ernest Holmes
(Related: Faith, Certainty, Distrust, Doubt, Prayer, Universe)

"Margaret Thatcher, growing up in a bombed and battered Britain, derived a distrust which has grown with the years not just of Germany but of all continental Europe."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: Distrust, Europe, Germany, Growing up, Years)

"We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration."
- Josefa Iloilo
(Related: Development, Inspiration, Strength, Distrust, Diversity)

"What we won when all of our people united must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as president."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Politics, People, Distrust, Party, President, Selfishness, Suspicion, United, Will)

"But I think one of the reasons I tend to stay in the water most of the time is I distrust the comfort."
- Frank Langella
(Related: Time, Comfort, Distrust, Water)

"I distrust camels, and anyone else who can go a week without a drink."
- Joe E. Lewis
(Related: Distrust)

"On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Men, Women, Distrust)

"When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: People, Confidence, Cowardice, Distrust, Hatred, Opinions)

"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."
- James Madison
(Related: Men, Power)

"I have always distrusted memoir. I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction. It's easier to get to the truth by not claiming that you are speaking it. Some things can be said in fiction that can never be said in memoir."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: Truth, Fiction)

"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Age, Wisdom, Distrust, Doctrine)

"Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world - it is thin."
- Edna St. Vincent Millay
(Related: Distrust, World)

"The silent majority distrusts people who believe in causes."
- Brian Moore
(Related: People, Causes, Majority)

"I distrust anything that you don't hear."
- Leo Ornstein
(Related: Distrust)

"Parents can make us distrust ourselves. To them, we seem always to be works-in-progress."
- Frank Pittman
(Related: Distrust, Parents)

"When distrust exists between governments, when there is a danger of war, they will not be willing to disarm even when logic indicates that disarmament would not affect military security at all."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: War, Danger, Distrust, Logic, Military, Security, Will)

"Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Distrust, Man, Silence)

"However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Truth, Distrust, Sincerity)

"Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word."
- Joseph Roux
(Related: Nothing, Will, Word)

"The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Distrust, Mind)

"The state has, in order to control us, introduced division into our thinking, so that we come to distrust others and look to the state for protection."
- Butler Shaffer
(Related: Control, Distrust, Order, Protection, State, Thinking)

"The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way you can make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him."
- Henry L. Stimson
(Related: Life, Trust, Distrust, Man)

"Preemption is the right of any nation in order to preserve its National Security; however, preemptive war is a tactic, not a strategy. When used as a strategy preemption dilutes diplomacy, creates an atmosphere of distrust, and promotes regional instability."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: War, Strategy, Diplomacy, Distrust, Nation, National security, Order, Right)

"While these attitudes are more visible when direct- ed at government, there is ample evidence that many working people distrust their own union as much as they do the corporation they work for."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Work, Government, People, Distrust)

"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
(Related: Company, Distrust, Man, Opinions, Rules, Talk, Value)

"Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom; for no man easily distrusts the things which he and all men have been always bred up to."
- William Temple
(Related: Men, Authority, Custom, Man, Nothing)

"We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Clothes, Distrust)

"Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes."
- Henry David Thoreau
(Related: Clothes, Distrust)

"You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment."
- Alvin Toffler
(Related: Intelligence, Distrust, Judgment)

"Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust."
- Samuel Ullman
(Related: Soul, Heart, Fear, Enthusiasm, May, Self, Skin, Spirit, Worry, Years)

"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
(Related: Fear, Opportunity, Competition, Democracy, Distrust)

"In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed, and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Work, Anger, Life, People, Distrust, Greed, Losing, Needs)

"The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Life, Distrust, Simplicity)

"Seek simplicity but distrust it."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Distrust, Simplicity)

"We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Betrayal, Defense, Distrust)