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

Any base heart can devise means of vileness, and affix the ugly shapings of its own fancy to the actions of those around him; but it requires loftiness of mind, and the heaven-born spirit of virtue, to imagine greatness where it is not, and to deck the sordid objects of nature in the beautiful robes of loveliness and light.
      - Jane Porter

Disagreeable suspicions are usually the fruits of a second marriage.
  [Lat., Les soupcons importuns
    Sont d'un second hymen les fruits les plus communs.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Phedre (II, 5)

Rakes are more suspicious than honest men.
      - Samuel Richardson

That knave preserves the pearl in his purse who considers all people purse-cuts.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Many men provoke others to overreach them by excessive suspicion; their extraordinary distrust in some sort justifies the deceit.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

See what a ready tongue suspicion hath!
      - William Shakespeare

See, what a ready tongue suspicion hath!
  He that but fears the thing he would not know,
    Hath, by instinct, knowledge from others' eyes,
      That what he feared is chanced.
      - William Shakespeare

Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes.
      - William Shakespeare

All is not well.
  I doubt some foul play. Would the night were come!
    Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise,
      Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)

Would he were fatter! But I fear him not.
  Yet if my name were liable to fear,
    I do not know the man I should avoid
      So soon as that spare Cassius.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Caesar at I, ii)

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
  The thief doth fear each bush an officer.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Richard, Duke of Gloucester at V, vi)

I confess it is my nature's plague
  To spy into abuses; and, oft, my jealousy
    Shapes faults that are not.
      - William Shakespeare, Othello (III,iii)

A dull head thinks of no better way to show himself wise, than by suspecting everything in his way.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Open suspecting of others comes of secretly condemning ourselves.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Nature itself, after it has done an injury, will ever be suspicious; and no man can love the person he suspects.
      - Bishop Robert South

It is hardly possible to suspect another without having in one's self the seeds of baseness the party is accused of.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Suspicion has its dupes, as well as credulity.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Suspicion is ever strong on the suffering side.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

The losing side is full of suspicion.
  [Lat., Ad tristem partem strenua est suspicio.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

All persons as they become less prosperous, are the more suspicious. They take everything as an affront; and from their conscious weakness, presume that they are neglected.
  [Lat., Omnes quibus res sunt minus secundae magis sunt, nescio quomodo,
    Suspiciosi; ad contumeliam omnia accipiunt magis;
      Propter suam impotentiam se credunt negligi.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (IV, 3, 14)

There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
      - Henry David Thoreau

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
      - Henry David Thoreau

A woman of honor should not suspect another of things she would not do herself.
      - Marguerite de Valois

Suspicion invites treachery.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Whoever is suspicious invites treason.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)


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