Trusting Souls

Sunday, September 20, 2020 – Trusting Souls

Trust me. I’m like a smart person. ~ Donald J. Trump

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. ~ Thomas Jefferson

I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. ~ Robert E. Lee

Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don’t, or they wouldn’t have to say they did. ~ Harvey Fierstein

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

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. ~ Abraham Lincoln, speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854

Governing today means giving acceptable signs of credibility. It is like advertising and it is the same effect that is achieved – commitment to a scenario. ~ Jean Baudrillard

The credibility of the teller is the ultimate test of the truth of a proposition. ~ Neil Postman

To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. ~ Edward R. Murrow

For every credibility gap there is a gullibility gap. ~ Richard Cobden

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

I want to leave behind me the name of a fellow who never bullied a little boy, or turned his back on a big one. ~ Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays

I trust no one, not even myself. ~ Joseph Stalin

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

Well, I sort of don’t trust anybody who doesn’t like Led Zeppelin. ~ Jack White

Take from a man his reputation for probity, and the more shrewd and clever he is, the more hated and mistrusted he becomes. ~ Cicero

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved. ~ George MacDonald

The trust of the people in the leaders reflects the confidence of the leaders in the people. ~ Paulo Freire

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~ William E. Gladstone

Tricks you need to transform something which appears fantastic, unbelievable, into something plausible, credible, those I learned from journalism. The key is to tell it straight. It is done by reporters and by country folk. ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

People crave trustworthy information about the world we live in. Some people want it because it is essential to the way they make a living. Some want it because they regard being well-informed as a condition of good citizenship. Some want it because they want something to exchange over dinner tables and water coolers. ~ Bill Keller

The accumulation of birthdays is the leading cause of death in the United States and other large land masses. Now while that may not be 100% accurate, it is at least 88% accurate. Actually, the last sentence itself might not have been 100% accurate, but I’m 88% sure it was. Maybe I should just brush up on fractions and percentages before making statements that are liable to hurt the funeral industry, because if birthdays aren’t killing people then it’s bad for the mortality business. And if you can’t trust somebody to die, then you can’t trust somebody. But I’m somebody you can trust. I’m at least 88% trustworthy, at least 88% of the time. ~ Jarod Kintz

All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust. ~ J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect. ~ Stephen Leacock

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

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything. ~ Oscar Wilde

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

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

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal. ~ Tennessee Williams

Set the foot down with distrust on the crust of the world – it is thin. ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

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

Honest unaffected distrust of human abilities under all circumstances is the surest sign of strength of mind. ~ Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Among today’s adept practitioners, the lie has long since lost its honest function of misrepresenting reality. Nobody believes anybody, everyone is in the know. Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion. The lie, once a liberal means of communication, has today become one of the techniques of insolence enabling each individual to spread around him the glacial atmosphere in whose shelter he can thrive. ~ Theodor W. Adorno

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust. ~ Samuel Johnson

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. ~ Isaac Asimov

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life. ~ E. M. Forster

We’re all born brave, trusting, and greedy, and most of us remain greedy. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

I trust everyone. I just don’t trust the devil inside them. ~ Troy Kennedy-Martin

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

You can only trust yourself… and barely that. ~ Paige Wilson

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never trust a computer you can’t throw out a window. ~ Steve Wozniak

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest, that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe. Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end. ~ H. L. Mencken

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

I wouldn’t trust any man as far as you can throw a piano. ~ Ethel Merman

I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don’t trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it. ~ Charles Dickens

Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged. ~ Oliver Cromwell

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

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don’t discuss them. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s stupid. Banning books shows you don’t trust your kids to think and you don’t trust yourself to be able to talk to them. ~ Anna Quindlen

Trust everybody, but cut the cards. ~ Finley Peter Dunne

Don’t trust the heart, it wants your blood. ~ Stanislaw Lec

We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap. ~ Anthony Hopkins

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust. ~ Gertrude Jekyll

You can’t trust a promise someone makes while they’re drunk, in love, hungry, or running for office. ~ Joe Moore

Ah! Yes, I know: those who see me rarely trust my word: I must look too intelligent to keep it. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it. ~ W. C. Fields

I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. ~ Francis Bacon