Doctor, I want you to make it known to your government that it can trust us implicitly, for we do not want any of your territory. We only want your trade.
(William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. president. Letter, Butt to his sister-in-law, Clara F. Butt, November 21, 1909. Archie Butt, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, 1: 215, Doubleday, Doran & Company (1930).
Taft to Dr. Wu, the Chinese Minister.)
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. repr. In All the Year Round (1860). The narrator (Mr. Sampson), in Hunted Down, ch. 2, New York Ledger (1859).)
To my fancy, one looks back on life, it has only two responsibilities, which include all the others: one is the bringing of new life into existence; the other, educating it after it is brought in. All betrayals of trust result from these original sins.
(Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), U.S. historian. Letter, July 1, 1892, to Charles Franklin Thwing. Henry B. Adams and His Friends, p. 269, ed. Harold Dean Cater.)
Trust me, my dear Eugenius ... "there are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse."
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy by Mr. Yorick (1768), ch. "The Pulse. Paris." Ed. Gardner D. Stout, Jr., University of California Press (1967).)