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SUSPICION
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[ Also see Distrust Doubt Envy Fear Jealousy Trust Unbelief Uncertainty ]

Ignorance is the mother of suspicion.
      - William R. Alger

Suspicion is the poison of true friendship.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

Suspicions among thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly to twilight; they are to be repressed, or, at least, well guarded, for they cloud the mind.
      - Francis Bacon

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight.
      - Francis Bacon

There is nothing that makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and, therefore, men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not to keep their suspicions to smother.
      - Francis Bacon

Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
      - Hosea Ballou

People who are in love suspect nothing or everything.
      - Honore de Balzac

Quoth Sidrophel, If you suppose,
  Sir Knight, that I am one of those,
    I might suspect, and take th' alarm,
      You bus'ness is but to inform;
        But if it be, 'tis ne'er the near,
          You have a wrong sow by the ear.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto III, l. 575)

Suspicion is a heavy armor, and with its own weight impedes more than protects.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Without your knowledge, the eyes and ears of many will see and watch you, as they have done already.
  [Lat., Multorum te etiam oculi et aures non sentientem, sicuti adhuc fecerunt, speculabuntur atque custodient.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Orationes In Catilinam (I, 2)

Don't seem to he on the lookout for crows, else you'll set other people watching.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Suspicion is as great an enemy to wisdom as too much credulity.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The virtue of a coward is suspicion.
      - George Herbert

The wolf dreads the pitfall, the hawk suspects the snare, and the kite the covered hook.
  [Lat., Cautus enim metuit foveam lupus, accipiterque
    Suspectos laqueos, et opertum milvius hamum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 16, 50)

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Suspicion is very often a useless pain.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Suspicion follows close on mistrust.
  [Ger., Argwohnen folgt auf Misstrauen.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Weise
         (V, 8)

Suspicions which may be unjust need not be stated.
      - Abraham Lincoln

What the devil was he doing in this galley?
  [Fr., Que diable alloit-il faire dans cette galere?]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Fourberies de Scapin (act II, 11)

Better confide and be deceiv'd,
  A thousand times, by treacherous foes,
    Than once accuse the innocent,
      Or let suspicion mar repose.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

Suspicion and persecution are weeds of the same dunghill, and flourish best together.
      - Thomas Paine

Caesar's wife should be above suspicion.
      - Plutarch

As to Caesar, when he was called upon, he gave no testimony against Clodius, nor did he affirm that he was certain of any injury done to his bed. He only said, "He had divorced Pompeia because the wife of Caesar ought not only to be clear of such a crime, but of the very suspicion of it."
      - Plutarch, Life of Cicero

Julius Caesar divorced his wife Pompeia, but declared at the trial that he knew nothing of what was alleged against her and Clodius. When asked why, in that case, he had divorced her, he replied: "Because I would have the chastity of my wife clear even of suspicion."
      - Plutarch, Life of Julius Caesar

All seems infected that the infected spy,
  As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (l. 568)


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