Trust is good, control is better!

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"Trust is good, control is better!" Is a phrase attributed to the Russian politician Lenin . It means that you should only rely on what you have checked . The saying does not exist in his works and therefore cannot be substantiated.

However, it is documented that Lenin used the Russian proverb “Trust, but check” ( Russian Доверяй, но проверяй - Dowerjai, no prowerjai ) very often . It is believed that this proverb was slightly modified in some translations of Lenin's texts, since the Russian word prowerjai can also be translated as “control” instead of “check”.


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