An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little, and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more, and not keep their suspicions in smother.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


Suspicion is a heavy armor and with its weight it impedes more than it protects.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


A person does not have to believe everything he hears.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.


B.C. Forbes


He that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and He that becomes suspicious will quickly become corrupt.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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.


J. C. Hare


The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Suspicion is most often useless pain.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


A new disease? I know not, new or old, but it may well be called poor mortals plague for, like a pestilence, it doth infect the houses of the brain till not a thought, or motion, in the mind, be free from the black poison of suspect.


Ben Jonson (1573-1637, British dramatist, poet)


Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.


Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374, Italian poet, humanist)


Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.


Nathalie Sarraute (1902-1999, Russian writer)


If you ask a Negro where he's been, he'll tell you where he's going.


Black American Saying


Open suspecting of others comes of secretly condemning ourselves.


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


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