20 Quotes About Trust: How to Build Trust

Trust has been an important factor in human relationships for millenia. In fact, trust is a building block on which societies could be build.

Without trust, we wouldn’t have law. Without trust, we wouldn’t have marriage. Without trust, we wouldn’t be able to have an economy.

And trust continues to be a very critical factor in our culture; in our personal and professional relationships, and in our spiritual and religious beliefs.

Trust requires honesty; it can take a long time to grow, and be broken in a split second.

What follows here are 20 Quotes About Trust that teach you how to build trust, and why it is so important.

The Importance of Trust

Without trust, societies wouldn’t function, relationships would grow and love wouldn’t blossom. Building trust isn’t always something that is explicitly considered a skill, but it has enough value for us as social beings, that it should be taught to young people all over the world.

“Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” – Stieg Larsson

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out the way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.” – Goldie Hawn

“Trust in someone means that we no longer have to protect ourselves. We believe we will not be hurt or harmed by the other, at least not deliberately. We trust his or her good intentions, though we know we might be hurt by the way circumstances play out between us. We might say that hurt happens; it’s a given of life. Harm is inflicted; it’s a choice some people make.” – David Richo

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Stephen R. Covey

Trust and Love

When we think about trust, it’s almost implied that we consider romantic relationships. Fidelity and communication are the cornerstones of a successful marriage. To fall in love with someone requires that you trust them, because they have a certain amount of control over your feelings and emotions, and the potential for your partner to disappoint you is an emotional risk that you are placing in them.

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” – Thomas Merton

“Trust is not an obsession, it’s an extension of love. When we truly love someone, we give them our heart to hold in their hands. And when that love is returned, that very trust is balm to our souls.” – Julie Lessman

“Two people can only live as one when each is prepared to give and receive trust and understanding. Above that lies respect. Without respect for how the other feels, no marriage is worthwhile.” – Helen Hollick

“Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.” – Julianne Moore

The Cost of Building Trust

Because trust can create a deep emotional connection, it is possible and maybe even common, that building trust may come with some pain and discomfort. However, despite the potential pain that you experience when your trust is broken, the risk is justified by the richness of life that you are able to experience because of that emotional commitment.

“It was a mistake,” you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.” – David Levithan

“The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Peace and trust take years to build and seconds to shatter.” – Mahogany SilverRain

“Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.” – Rick Warren

Trust, God, and Faith

Faith and trust are two more closely tied ideals. Having faith in God requires a degree of trust that develops with time and practice. However, there is an enormous benefit to the development of this faith, as psychologists understand that those who have more trust in God have above average resilience when it comes to dealing with life stressors.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie ten Boom

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts

“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.” – Richard Rohr

“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.” – Paulo Coehlo

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway


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