He that does not respect confidence will never find happiness in his path.—The belief in virtue vanishes from his heart; the source of nobler actions becomes extinct in him.
Let us have a care not to disclose our hearts to those who shut up theirs against us.
All confidence which is not absolute and entire, is dangerous.—There are few occasions but where a man ought either to say all, or conceal all; for, how little soever you have revealed of your secret to a friend, you have already said too much if you think it not safe to make him privy to all particulars.
All confidence is dangerous, if it is not entire; we ought on most occasions to speak all, or conceal all. We have already too much disclosed our secrets to a man, from whom we think any one single circumstance is to be concealed.
If we are truly prudent we shall cherish those noblest and happiest of our tendencies—to love and to confide.
There are cases in which a man would be ashamed not to have been imposed upon. There is a confidence necessary to human intercourse, and without which men are often more injured by their own suspicions, than they could be by the perfidy of others.
I could never pour out my inmost soul without reserve to any human being, without danger of one day repenting my confidence.
When young, we trust ourselves too much; and we trust others too little when old.—Rashness is the error of youth; timid caution of age.—Manhood is the isthmus between the two extremes—the ripe and fertile season of action when, only, we can hope to find the head to contrive, united with the hand to execute.
They can conquer who believe they can.
The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others. A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself. As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.
Fields are won by those who believe in winning.
Confidence is a plant of slow growth; especially in an aged bosom.
Trust him with little, who, without proofs, trusts you with everything, or when he has proved you, with nothing.
Trust him little who praises all; him less who censures all; and him least who is indifferent to all.
Confidence imparts a wondrous inspiration to its possessor.—It bears him on in security, either to meet no danger, or to find matter of glorious trial.
Confidence in another man's virtue, is no slight evidence of one's own.
Confidence, in conversation, has a greater share than wit.
Trust not him that hath once broken faith.
Confidence in one's self, though the chief nurse of magnanimity, doth not leave the care of necessary furniture for it; of all the Grecians, Homer doth make Achilles the best armed.
To confide, even though to be betrayed, is much better than to learn only to conceal.—In the one case your neighbor wrongs you;—but in the other you are perpetually doing injustice to yourself.
Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence in one another's integrity.
I think I have learned, in some degree at least, to disregard the old maxim "Do not get others to do what you can do yourself." My motto on the other hand is, "do not do that which others can do as well."