Trust is the most important part of every relationship. Once it’s broken, it’s hard to rebuild.

It may even never be regained again. That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of its importance.

Unfortunately, no matter how good a person you are, at some point in your life, you’ll get your trust broken. Broken trust quotes may help you to deal with it and make it less painful.

Those who betray you might think that their apology will be enough for you to forgive and trust them again, but actually you’ll be only sorry for believing them in the first place.

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One thing you have to remember always: Never blame yourself for what they did to you or for believing them.

You chose to trust them because you loved them and they used it to hurt you. Instead, you must show them that they’ve made a huge mistake for betraying your trust and losing you.

Check out the best collection of motivational quotes about broken trust. Hopefully, they will help you deal with your trust issues.

Quotes about broken trust

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1. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

2. “The trust has broken down. It will take some time to change attitudes and attitudes are going to be needed to develop trust.” – Jim Leach

3. “Don’t trust the person who has broken faith once.” – William Shakespeare

4. “For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” – Suzanne Collins

5. “Sometimes trusting a friend is the hardest thing to do, even the closest friends can become enemies.” – James Merrow

6. “When someone breaks your trust, don’t feel stupid for trusting them. You didn’t do anything wrong. They’re just an untrustworthy person.” – Sonya Parker

7. “The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.” – Thomas J. Watson

8. “The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way you can make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him.” – Henry L. Stimson

9. “Not everyone can be trusted. I think we all have to be very selective about the people we trust.” – Shelley Long

10. “Trust. Once you get it, it’s priceless. But once you lose it, you are useless.” – Unknown

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11. “Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people. But it takes time and patience.” – Stephen R. Covey

12. “Love all, trust few.” – William Shakespeare

13. “When trauma involves intentional harm, such as in a crime or abuse, trust can totally collapse.” – Dena Rosenbloom (Life After Trauma: A Workbook for Healing)

14. “Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.” – Johann Kaspar Lavater

15. “When the person you trust the most breaks your trust, get over it by building a bridge but never let them cross it again.” – Unknown

16. “Trust is like a vase. Once it is broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be the same again.” – Unknown

17. “I believe everything happens for a reason. People change so you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they’re right. You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.” – Marilyn Monroe

18. “You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” – Frank Crane

19. “Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.” – Democritus

20. “Trust is like a paper. Once it’s crumpled, it can’t be perfect again.” – Unknown

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21. “I may have trust issues, but some people seem to have an issue with the responsibility of being trusted.” – Melchor Lim

22. “I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and it only takes suspicion, not proof, to destroy it.” – Nikhil Saluja

23. “Betrayal annihilates trust. The more trust there is to begin with, and the more deception is involved, the more damage is done.” – Sandra Lee Dennis

24. “I trusted you but now your words mean nothing because your actions spoke the truth.” – Unknown

25. “Each betrayal begins with trust.” – Phish (Farmhouse)

26. “Trust, once lost, could not be easily found. Not in a year, perhaps not even in a lifetime.” – Unknown

27. “When a promise of leadership is neglected or unfulfilled, trust is broken, engagement erodes, and performance suffers.” – William A. Adams (Mastering Leadership)

28. “When trust is broken, there is not any medicine to recover that again, as it was before, even you try hard to gain back.” – Ehsan Sehgal

29. “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.” – Dhar Mann

30. “Breaking someone’s trust is like crumpling up a perfect piece of paper. You can smooth it over but it’s never going to be the same again.” – Unknown

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31. “Sometimes you don’t know who you can and cannot trust. I still learn that over and over again.” – Demi Lovato

32. “Trust is like an eraser, it gets smaller and smaller after every mistake.” – Unknown

33. “Trust is a fragile thing. Easy to break, easy to lose and one of the hardest things to ever get back.” – Alekhya Sana

34. “Trust doesn’t come with a refill. Once it’s gone, you probably won’t get it back. And if you do it will never be the same. And that’s a fact.” – Unknown

35. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” – Ernest Hemingway

36. “The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you are not worth the truth.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

37. “Trust but verify.” – Ronald Reagan

38. “Don’t ever break someone’s trust. Once you do, then nobody wants to do business with you.” – Robert Budi Hartono

39. “Trust is like a mirror, you can fix it if it’s broken, but you can still see the crack in that mother f**ker’s reflection.” – Lady Gaga

40. “The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.” – Unknown

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41. “Trust your instincts, and make judgments on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.” – Unknown

42. “Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities of which they were previously unaware.” – David Armistead

43. “There’s a way you can trust an enemy, but you can’t always trust a friend. An enemy’s never going to betray your trust.” – Daniel Abraham

44. “It takes a lot of truth to gain trust but just one lie to lose it all.” – Unknown

45. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

46. “Trust is not simply a matter of truthfulness, or even constancy. It is also a matter of amity and goodwill. We trust those who have our best interests at heart, and mistrust those who seem deaf to our concerns.” – Gary Hamel

47. “If a person already broke your trust once, he will never hesitate to do it again.” – Unknown

48. “If offering apologies and making promises fixed broken trust, there’d be no broken trust left to fix.” – Tim Cole

49. “Broken trust doesn’t have to mean the end of your story. It’s time to write the next chapter.” – Unknown

50. “‘Sorry’ works when a mistake is made, but not when trust is broken. So in life, make mistakes but never break trust. Because forgiving is easy, but forgetting and trusting again is sometimes impossible.” – Unknown

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51. “Friendship – my definition – is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” – Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

52. “You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too – even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.” – Mitch Albom

53. “Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

54. “Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. Trust must be rebuilt over time. Trust requires a track record.” – Rick Warren

Broken trust quotes for relationships

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55. “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

56. “It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.” – Samuel Johnson

57. “Trust enables you to put your deepest feelings and fears in the palm of your partner’s hand, knowing they will be handled with care.” – Carl S. Avery

58. “Rebuilding trust when it’s been broken is not dependent only on the person who has broken it, or how many times they can prove they are honest. It depends on the person who has decided not to trust anymore. Though they may be totally justified in their decision not to trust, as long as they choose not to, the relationship has no hope of survival and should be ended. If or when they decide to trust again, there is hope reborn.” – Doe Zantamata

59. “After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can’t trust a person.” – Evelyn Waugh

60. “We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” – Walter Anderson

61. “If you give your trust to a person who does not deserve it, you actually give him the power to destroy you.” – Khaled Saad

62. “A relationship with a broken trust could only be saved if one person decides that she is ready to trust again.” – Unknown

63. “‘I love you’ is far different from ‘I trust you.’” – Shelaxai

64. “I’m a good enough person to forgive you, but not stupid enough to trust you again.” – Unknown

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65. “What do people gain from lying? Besides losing: your respect, your dignity, your reputation, and those who love you. I guess those few minutes of satisfaction, smiling behind your lies, are soon well worth a lifetime of a regretful guilty conscience.” – Amir Riveroll

66. “‘It was a mistake,’ you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.” – David Levithan

67. “Stop asking me to trust you while I’m still coughing up water from the last time you let me drown.” – Unknown

68. “The best proof of love is trust.” – Joyce Brothers

69. “You don’t repair that relationship by sitting down and talking about trust or making promises. Actually, what rebuilds it is living it and doing things differently.” – Patricia Hewitt

70. “To forgive someone who hurt you is easy but to trust them again is next to impossible.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

71. “When trust is broken, it does not need to be the end of a relationship. Much can be learned from staying in a relationship and learning from the conflict situation.” – Dr. Margaret Paul

72. “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 R. Covey

73. “A relationship without trust is like having a phone with no service. And what do you do with a phone with no service? You play games.” – Unknown

Broken heart and trust quotes

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74. “I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken, and I’d rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken pieces as long as I lived.” – Margaret Mitchell

75. “Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.” – Julianne Moore

76. “It breaks my heart to know I will never be able to trust you again. I’ve learned so many lies and each time it takes a piece of me that you will never get back again.” – Karen Kostyla

77. “That’s the thing about trust. It’s like broken glass. You can put it back together, but the cracks are always visible – like scars that never fully heal.” – Hope Collier (Haven)

78. “Broken people lead to broken hearts. That’s why it’s so important to heal from one relationship before starting another.” – Mandy Hale

79. “A person may break your heart and break your trust, but never ever give them the power to break your spirit.” – Unknown

80.“Three things you should never break: promises, trust, and someone’s heart.” – Unknown

We hope our list of broken trust quotes helped you realize how important trust is for a healthy relationship and how difficult it is to rebuild it.

Always think about other people and their feelings. Don’t betray someone who loves you and trusts you more than anyone else.

Karma is one strange thing. It’ll hit you when you least expect it.

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