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DISTRUST
[ Also see Abhorrence Doubt Jealousy Mistrust Suspicion Trust Unbelief Uncertainty ]

A usurper always distrusts the whole world.
  [It., Usurpator diffida
    Di tutti sempre.]
      - Vittorio Alfieri, Polinice (III, 2)

Self-distrust is the cause of most of our failures. In the assurance of strength there is strength, and they are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their powers.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Doubt the man who swears to his devotion.
      - Louise Colet (nee Revoil)

Women distrust men too much in general, and too little in particular.
      - Philibert Commerson

It is difficult for woman to try to be anything good when she is not believed in.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Middlemarch (bk. V, ch. XLIV)

The best use one can make of his mind is to distrust it.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Self-reliance is demanded in woman; the supreme fall of falls is the first doubt of one's self.
      - Madame Gasparin

When desperate ills demand a speedy cure,
  Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Irene (act IV, sc. 1, l. 87)

In love the deceit generally outstrips the distrust.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Jealousy lives upon distrust, becomes madness, or ceases entirely when we pass from doubt to certainty.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity not conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

As health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil, so there is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.
      - Wendell Phillips

The doubts of love are never to be wholly overcome; they grow with its various anxieties, timidities, and tenderness, and are the very fruits of the reverence in which the admired object is beheld.
      - Jane Porter

This feeling of distrust is always the last which a great mind acquires; he is deceived for a long time.
      - Jean Baptiste Racine

Nothing is more certain of destroying any good feeling that may be cherished towards us than to show distrust. To be suspected as an enemy is often enough to make a man become so; the whole matter is over, there is no farther use of guarding against it. On the contrary, confidence leads us naturally to act kindly, we are affected by the good opinion which others entertain of us, and we are not easily induced to lose it.
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

Zoroaster said, when in doubt abstain; but this does not always apply. At cards, when in doubt take the trick.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Three things a wise man will not trust,
  The wind, the sunshine of an April day,
    And woman's plighted faith.
      - Robert Southey, Madoc in Azthan
         (pt. XXIII, l. 51)

Excessive distrust is not less hurtfJul than its opposite. Most men become useless to him who is unwilling to risk being deceived.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues


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