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 own powers.
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
To think and feel we are able, is often to be so.
A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves.—Neither vanity nor conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.
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.
The feeling of distrust is always the last which a great mind acquires.
Nothing is more certain of destroying any good feelings that may be cherished toward us than to show distrust.—On the contrary confidence leads us naturally to act kindly; we are affected by the good opinion others entertain of us, and are not easily induced to lose it.
Excessive distrust of others is not less hurtful than its opposite.—Most men become useless to him who is unwilling to risk being deceived.