25 Trust Quotes That Will Inspire You

How are you developing and fostering trust in your teams?

When you’re in the trenches of leading teams and others, it’s hard to know the right answer. And it’s easy to lose your power and motivation while wading through the details. But you know trust is essential. Without trust, you create a dysfunctional team that make disappointing progress.

In this post, you’ll find powerful trust quotes from business leaders, artists, philosophers and writers. Please, take a look at what some of the world’s greats have to say about trust.

  • “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 Covey
  • “If you want to earn people’s trust, the #1 thing you can do is prove to them that you actually care.” Shane Snow
  • “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.”  Foster C. McClella
  • “You may be deceived if you trust too much,but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.” Frank Crane
  • “Trust only movement. Life happens at thelevel of events, not of words. Trust movement.” Alfred Adler
  • “Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.” Eric Sevareid
  • “Trust is built with consistency.” Lincoln Chafee
  • “Trust is built slowly. Trust is destroyed quickly. Trust can make complex things possible. The absence of trust can make simple things impossible. Trust powers relationships, businesses, nations. Trust is as precious as it is fragile.” The Stoic Emperor
  • “Trust is like a vase, once it’s broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be same again.” Walter Anderson
  • “Trust is the easiest thing in the world to loose, and the hardest thing in the world to get back.” R. Williams
  • “Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, evenharder.” Maria V. Snyder
  • “Trust yourself, you will start to trust others.” Santosh Kalwar
  • “Trust isn’t about liking your team. It’s about being able to count on your team.” Adam Grant
  • “Trust is built when someoneis vulnerable and not taken advantage of.” Bob Vanourek

You must trust and believe in people, or life be comes impossible.

Anton Chekhov
  • “Trust starts with trustworthy leadership. It must be built into the corporate culture.” Barbara Brooks Kimmel
  • “I don’t trust words, I trust actions.” Unknown
  • “Those who trust us educate us.” George Eliot
  • “Trust starts with truth and ends with truth.” Santosh Kalwar
  • “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 Covey
  • “Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.” Rita Mae Brown
  • “Better to trust the man who is frequently in error than the one who is never in doubt.” Eric Sevareid
  • “When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.” Stephen Covey

Which of these trust quotes work best for you and your team? Which leaders and ideas resonate with you? Where do you need to make changes?


Use these trust quotes for your next team meeting, company retreat or presentation as a jumping off point for how you are leading others in your teams or organizations. You can download all quotes cards as a bundle in pdf.

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