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What can we learn about building trust from the world’s greatest leaders, teachers, writers and philosophers?


We recently highlighted the greatest quotes on building trust from:

This week we turn our attention to George Bernard Shaw an Irish playwright and founder of the London School of Economics. Did you know that he received both a Nobel Prize in Literature and an Academy Award?  This article pulls together twenty of his most inspiring quotes. Regardless of your role in life- a parent, teacher, business or religious leader, George Bernard Shaw has many messages about character, competence and consistency, the key ingredients for building trust.


  1. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
  2. “The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
  3. “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”
  4. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
  5. “The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor.”
  6. “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”
  7. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
  8. “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
  9. “After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.”
  10. “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”
  11.  “Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.”
  12. “Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”
  13. “When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”
  14. “A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”
  15. “Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.”
  16. “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”
  17. “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
  18. “But to admire a strong person and to live under that strong person’s thumb are two different things.”
  19. “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
  20. “My way of joking is to tell the truth. It’s the funniest joke in the world.”

My favorites are #3, #8 and #19. How about yours? 

Barbara Brooks Kimmel is the Executive Director of Trust Across America-Trust Around the World whose mission is to help organizations build trust, and runs the world’s largest membership program for those interested in the subject. She is also the editor of the award winning TRUST INC. book series and the Executive Editor of TRUST! Magazine. In 2012 Barbara was named “One of 25 Women Changing the World” by Good Business International.

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