distrust we may have
of the sincerity of those who converse with us, we always believe they
will tell us more truth than they do to others.—La Rochefoucauld.
much confidence in
such as put no confidence in others. —Hare.
young, we trust ourselves
too much, and we trust others too little when old. Rashness is the
of youth, timid caution of age. Manhood is the isthmus between the two
extremes; the ripe and fertile season of action, when alone we can hope
to find the head to contrive, united with the hand to execute.—Colton.
- He who
believes in nobody knows
that he himself is not to be trusted.—Auerbach.
him that hath once
have generally three
epochs in their confidence in man. In the first they believe him to be
everything that is good, and they are lavish with their friendship and
confidence. In the next, they have had experience, which has smitten
their confidence, and they then have to be careful not to mistrust
one, and to put the worst construction upon everything. Later in life,
they learn that the greater number of men have much more good in them
bad, and that even when there is cause to blame, there is more reason
pity than condemn; and then a spirit of confidence again awakens within
little who praises
all, him less who censures all, and him least who is indifferent about