C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.


There is none deceived but he that trusts.


Public office is a public trust.

Dan. S. Lamont.

You may trust him in the dark.


Treason is greatest where trust is greatest.


To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.

George MacDonald.

Women are proverbially credulous.


Women are more credulous than men.

Victor Hugo.

To build upon a foolish woman’s promise!


Will cast the spear and leave the rest to Jove.


I believe in God, and I trust myself in His hands.

J. A. Garfield.

Make not Christ a liar in distrusting His promise.


Trust few men; above all keep your follies to yourself.

Sir Walter Raleigh.

I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.


Who has passed by the gates of disillusion has died twice.


I repeat,***that all power is a trust—that we are accountable for its exercise.

Benj. Disraeli.

The soul and spirit that animates and keeps up society is mutual trust.


Trust in God for great things. With your five loaves and two fishes He will show you a way to feed thousands.

Horace Bushnell.

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property.

Thos. Jefferson.

The less you trust others, the less you will be deceived.

La Rochefoucauld.

The greatest trust between man and man is trust of giving counsel.


How calmly may we commit ourselves to the hands of Him who bears up the world!

Jean Paul Richter.

An undivided heart, which worships God alone, and trusts Him as it should, is raised above anxiety for earthly wants.

J. C. Geikie.

If, like Jacob, you trust God in little things, He may answer you by great things.

J. R. Macduff.

I can forgive a foe, but not a mistress and a friend; treason is there in its most horrid shape, where trust is greatest!


  • That, in tracing the shade, I shall find out the sun,
  • Trust to me!
  • Lord Lytton.

  • If he were
  • To be made honest by an act of parliament
  • I should not alter in my faith of him.
  • Ben Jonson.

    Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.


    The confidence which we have in ourselves give birth to much of that which we have in others.

    La Rochefoucauld.

    There is something so beautiful in trust that even the most hardened liar needs feel a certain respect for those who confide in him.

    Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

    The woman who yields to promises sets her bark afloat upon a raging sea. In fulfillment alone lies safety.

    Alfred Bougeart.

    When we trust our brother, whom we have seen, we are learning to trust God, whom we have not seen.

    James Freeman Clarke.

  • I well believe
  • Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know;
  • And so far will I trust thee.
  • Shakespeare.

    The mistakes committed by women are almost always the result of her faith in the good and her confidence in the truth.


  • “Eyes to the blind”
  • Thou art, O God! Earth I no longer see,
  • Yet trustfully my spirit looks to thee.
  • Alice Bradley Neal.

    The appointing power of the Pope is treated as a public trust, and not as a personal perquisite.

    Chas. Sumner.

    You must cast yourself on God’s gospel with all your weight, without any hanging back, without any doubt, without even the shadow of a suspicion that it will give.

    Alexander Maclaren.

    I would sooner walk in the dark, and hold hard to a promise of my God, than trust in the light of the brightest day that ever dawned.

    C. H. Spurgeon.

  • I know not where His islands lift
  • Their fronded palms in air;
  • I only know I cannot drift
  • Beyond His love and care.
  • Whittier.

    Exercise your God-given power of trust. Look up! Salvation is provided, and nothing remains to be done. Take hold! Take hold! Do not wait!

    Bishop Janes.

    I trust you as holy men trust God; you could do nought that was not pure and loving, though the deed might pierce me unto death.

    George Eliot.

    The world is an old woman, that mistakes any gilt farthing for a gold coin; whereby, being often cheated, she will henceforth trust nothing but the common copper.


    Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute laws which the people have made and within the limits of a constitution which they have established.

    Grover Cleveland.

    It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with.

    Mathew Henry.

  • Better trust all and be deceived,
  • And weep that trust and that deceiving,
  • Than doubt one heart, that, if believed,
  • Had blessed one’s life with true believing.
  • Frances Anne Kemble.

    To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is a not to be a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely such, is a great trust.


  • O holy trust! endless sense of rest!
  • Like the beloved John
  • To lay his head upon the Saviour’s breast,
  • And thus to journey on!
  • Longfellow.

  • Youth, health, and hope may fade, but there is left
  • A soul that trusts in Heaven, though thus of all bereft.
  • Emma Catherine Embury.

    If thou be subject to any great vanity or ill (from which I hope God will bless thee), then therein trust no man; for every man’s folly ought to be his greatest secret.

    Sir Walter Raleigh.

    The ordinary saying is, Count money after your father; so the same prudence adviseth to measure the ends of all counsels, though uttered by never so intimate a friend.

    F. Osborn.

    Women are safer in perilous situations and emergencies than men, and might be still more so if they trusted themselves more confidingly to the chivalry of manhood.


  • Father, perfect my trust;
  • Let my spirit feel in death
  • That her feet are firmly set
  • On the rock of a living faith!
  • Phœbe Cary.

  • If thou couldst trust, poor soul!
  • In Him who rules the whole,
  • Thou wouldst find peace and rest;
  • Wisdom and sight are well, but trust it best.
  • A. A. Proctor.

    Take special care that thou never trust any friend or servant with any matter that may endanger thine estate; for so shalt thou make thyself a bond-slave to him that thou trustest, and leave thyself always to his mercy.

    Sir Walter Raleigh.

    Trust not any man with thy life, credit, or estate. For it is mere folly for a man to enthrall himself to his friend, as though, occasion being offered, he should not dare to become an enemy.

    Lord Burleigh.

    That which befits us, embosomed in beauty and wonder as we are, is cheerfulness, and courage, and the endeavor to realize our aspirations. Shall not the heart which has received so much trust the power by which it lives?


    Happy he with such a mother! Faith in womankind beats with his blood, and trust in all things high comes easy to him; and though he trip and fall he shall not blind his soul with clay.


    Let not the titles of consanguinity betray you into a prejudicial trust; no blood being apter to raise a fever, or cause a consumption sooner in your poor estate, than that which is nearest your own.

    F. Osborn.

    All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author and Founder of society.


    Public office is a public trust, the authority and opportunities of which must be used as absolutely as the public moneys for the public benefit, and not for the purposes of any individual or party.

    Dorman B. Eaton.

    My trust is not that I am holy, but that, being unholy, Christ died for me. My rest is here, not in what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is and must be,—in what Christ did and is still doing as He stands before yonder throne of glory.

    C. H. Spurgeon.

    We come, in our trust, unto God, and the moment we so embrace Him, by committing our total being and eternity to Him, we find every thing is transformed. There is life in us from God; a kind of Christ-consciousness is opened in us, testifying with the apostle,—Christ liveth in me.

    Horace Bushnell.

    We are only asking you to give to Christ that which you give to others, to transfer the old emotions, the blessed emotions, the exercise of which makes gladness in the life here below, to transfer them to Him, and to rest safe in the Lord. Faith is trust.

    Alexander Maclaren.

    A friend called on me when I was ill, to settle some business. My head was too much confused by my indisposition to understand fully what he said, but I had such unlimited confidence in him that I did whatever he bid me, in the fullest assurance that it was right. How simply I can trust in man, and how little in God! How unreasonable is a pure act of faith in one like ourselves, if we cannot repose the same faith in God.

    Richard Cecil.

  • Other refuge have I none;
  • Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
  • Leave, ah, leave me not alone,
  • Still support and comfort me!
  • All my trust on Thee is stayed,
  • All my help from Thee I bring;
  • Cover my defenseless head
  • With the shadow of Thy wing.
  • Charles Wesley.

    Commit yourself then to God! He will be your guide. He Himself will travel with you, as we are told He did with the Israelites, to bring them step by step across the desert to the promised land. Ah! what will be your blessedness, if you will but surrender yourself into the hands of God, permitting Him to do whatever He will, not according to your desires, but according to His own good pleasure?


    It is a view of God that compensates every thing else, and enables the soul to rest in His bosom. How, when the child in the night screams with terror, hearing sounds that it knows not of, is that child comforted and put to rest? Is it by a philosophical explanation that the sounds were made by the rats in the partition? Is it by imparting entomological knowledge? No; it is by the mother taking the child in her lap, and singing sweetly to it, and rocking it. And the child thinks nothing of the explanation, but only of the mother.

    H. W. Beecher.

    Trust with a child-like dependence upon God, and you shall fear no evil, for be assured that even “if the enemy comes in like a flood” the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him, While at that dread hour, when the world cannot help you, when all the powers of nature are in vain, yea, when your heart and your flesh shall fail you, you will be enabled still to rely with peace upon Him who has said, “I will be the strength of thy heart and thy portion forever.”

    H. Blunt.