Trust should be the most important thing in your life. It should be the foundation for every thought in your head and every interaction with every single person your life. To help remind you of this, here are 10 inspirational trust quotes to live by.
Trust Quotes – 10 Quotes Reveal the Truth of Trust
“Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.” – Frank Sonnenberg
Trust is not something that people generally talk about until after it has been broken. When broken, it can’t always be repaired. Even when it’s been put back together, you can always see the places where it was broken, so it is never the same. It can be deadly, both literally and figuratively, when abused.
“The glue that holds all relationships together –including the relationship between the leader and the led – is trust, and trust I based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy
In order to be led, you have to trust the person who is leading you. That is the basic building block of all relationships, and it should be nurtured rather than just left to fend for itself. Don’t compromise your integrity because that is the foundation of the trust that other people have in you.
“The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemmingway
Trusting someone is always a risk, but the only way to really know whether or not you can trust someone is to put your trust into them. While there is a risk of having your trust broken, there is also chance that your trust will be returned and respected.
“Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparently limits, discovering new and awesome abilities of which they were previously unaware.” – David Armistead
Even if your trust is broken or damaged, don’t be afraid to trust again. People are inherently flawed, and may make mistakes where they break your trust. Don’t be afraid to give that trust out again and again, as often as needed. There are very few actions that may require removing your trust entirely, but don’t let a few people keep you from trusting anyone.
“Trust, but verify.” – Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan may have been a man of few words, but these are some of his most important. It’s easy to take what people say at face value, but verifying their information is essential to a solid and well formed relationship. Trust what people tell you, but take the time to verify what they say. It’s as simple as that.
“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb.” – Pantajali
You wouldn’t climb a mountain with a team of people that don’t know what they’re doing, and in the same vein, you wouldn’t want to start an endeavor with a team that you do not trust. Spend some time learning your team and learning to trust each other before you attack a big project. There’s a reason that company retreats are so popular.
“He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.” – Lao Tzu
If you don’t give trust, you will be unable to get trust in return. In that, it is much like love. If you don’t trust the people in your life, there will be no reason for them to offer any trust to you. Instead of clinging to your trust like some unrenewable resource, spread it about freely. You do risk being hurt and having your trust broken, but more often than not, you will find your trust rewarded and returned.
“Leadership requires five ingredients – brains, energy, determination, trust, and ethics. The key challenges today are in terms of the last two – trust and ethics.” – Fred Hilmer
Trust and ethics are two topics that are hotly debated and constantly contested in today’s business world. Ethics, especially, is a subject that most people carefully tiptoe around rather than facing it head on. Ethics, and the principles that support it, are tied into the concept of trust. Most people won’t debate ethics with people that they don’t trust, and without trust there can be no concept of ethics.
“You must trust and believe in people, or life becomes impossible.” – Anton Chekhov
You cannot live your entire life inside an anti-social bubble. Keeping yourself separate from everyone and refusing to trust or believe in them will only result in loneliness and even eventual madness. You can’t refuse to trust everyone, no matter how many times you’ve had your trust broken. Eventually, you will find one or two people worthy of your trust and your respect, and that one person will make all of those past pains worth it.
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein
Trusting someone is always a risky proposition. If you’re not sure about trusting someone, try trusting them with something small and unimportant. If you find that they cannot be trusted with even the smallest thing, then you know that they cannot be trusted with more important matters either. While you can’t go through life without trusting anyone, this is a small and easy way to protect yourself from any potential pain.
Trust is part of every single part of your life. It is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you need to allow yourself to be harmed, physically or mentally, by a broken trust. Find the subtle balance between trusting those around you and protecting yourself from that trust being broken. Hopefully these trust quotes can help you add a bit of enlightenment to your life.