Trust but Verify – Verify Your Trust

Trust but Verify

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Trust but Verify – Verify Your Trust

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Trust, but verify is a form of advice given which recommends that while a source of information might be considered reliable, one should perform additional research to verify that such information is accurate, or trustworthy. The original Russian proverb is a short rhyme which states, ???????, ?? ???????? (doveryai, no proveryai).

Suzanne Massie, a writer on Russia met with PresidentRonald Reagan many times between 1984 and 1987.[1] She taught him the Russian Proverb, Doveryai no Proveryai (Trust but Verify) advising him that “The Russians like to talk in proverbs. It would be nice of you to know a few. You are an actor – you can learn them very quickly”.[2] The proverb was adopted as a signature phrase by Reagan, who subsequently used it frequently when discussing U.S. relations with the Soviet Union.

After Reagan used the phrase to emphasize “the extensive verification procedures that would enable both sides to monitor compliance with the treaty”,[3] at the signing of the INF Treaty, on 8 December 1987,[notes 1] his counterpart General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev responded: “You repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered “I like it.”[4][5] While Reagan quoted Russian proverbs, Mr. Gorbachev quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson.[3]

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