Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


Be just to all but trust not all.

Do not trust a boy with a sword.Latin.

Do not trust or contend, nor borrow or lend,
And you’ll gain in the end.Spanish.

Eat a peck of salt with a man before you trust him.

From those I trust God guard me; from those I mistrust, I will guard myself.Italian.

He that trusts every one without reserve will at last be deceived.Rambler.

He that trusts to borrowed ploughs will have his land lie fallow.

He who looks demurely trust not with your money.Spanish.

He who trusteth not is not deceived.

I’ll trust him no farther than I can throw a millstone.

I sell nothing on trust till to-morrow.

I would not trust him, no, not with a bag of scorpions.

If you trust before you try, you may repent before you die.

In trust is treason.

It is an equal failing to trust everybody and to trust nobody.

It is happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.Rambler.

Living on trust is the way to pay double.

Never trust him whom you have wronged.

Never trust much to a new friend or an old enemy.

Never trust a black Brahmin nor a white Pariah.Hindu.

Never trust the man that hath reason to suppose that you know he hath injured you.Fielding.

Never trust to a broken staff.

Never trust to another what you should do yourself.

Never trust a tailor that does not sing at his work; his mind is on nothing but filching.Beaumont and Fletcher.

Never trust to fine promises.

Of a bitter gourd use not even the seed. (Trust not the children of the wicked.)Modern Greek.

Put not your trust in princes.Bible.

Self-trust is the essence of heroism.

Sudden trusts bring sudden repentance.

Swim on and don’t trust.French.

There’s none deceived but he that trusteth.

This day there is no trust, come to-morrow.

To trust in thyself and God is best.Hans Andersen.

Trust all in all, or not at all.

Trust begets truth.

Trust, beware whom.German.

Trust but not too much.German.

Trust entirely or not at all, for a secret is often innocently blabbed out by those who know but half of it.Fielding.

Trust everybody but thyself most.Danish.

Trust him no further than you can see him.

Trust in God but keep your powder dry.Cromwell’s order to his soldiers.

Trust in God but mind your business.Russian.

Trust makes way for treachery.

Trust me but look to thyself.

Trust no one until you have eaten a bushel of salt with him.German.

Trust nor contend, nor wager, nor lend,
And you’ll have peace to your end.

Trust no secrets to a friend which if repeated would bring infamy.Thales.

Trust not a dog that limps.Portuguese.

Trust not a great weight to a slender thread.

Trust not a horse’s heels nor a dog’s tooth.

Trust not a new friend nor an old enemy.

Trust not a skittish horse, nor a great lord when they shake their heads.Danish.

Trust not him who has broken faith.Shakespeare.

Trust not still water nor a silent man.Danish.

Trust not to another for what you can do yourself.

Trust not too much in a new friend and an old house.German.

Trust not too much to an enchanting face.Virgil.

Trust thyself only, and another shall not betray thee.

Trusting often makes fidelity.

Trusting too much to others is the ruin of many.

“Trust” was a good man, “Trust Not” was a better.

Trust-well rides away with the horse.German.

We live by reposing trust in each other.Pliny.