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There is a skeleton on every house.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Italian Tales of Humour, Gallantry and Romance,
        a saying in a story

A man can hide all things, excepting twain--
  That he is drunk, and that he is in love.
      - Antiphanes of Macedonia, Fragmenta

Generally he perceived in men of devout simplicity this opinion: that the secrets of nature were the secrets of God,--part of that glory into which man is not to press too boldly.
      - Francis Bacon

Secrecy in suits goes a great way towards success.
      - Francis Bacon

As soon as man seeks to penetrate the secrets of Nature--in which nothing is secret and it is but a question of seeing--he realizes that the simple produces the supernatural.
      - Honore de Balzac

Generally our confidences move downward rather than upward; in our secret affairs, we employ our inferiors much more than our bettors.
      - Honore de Balzac

With a woman, always make good use of a secret. She will be proportionally grateful to you, like a scoundrel who grants his respect to an honest man he has been unable to swindle.
      - Honore de Balzac

The yearnings of a woman's solitary spirit, the outgushings of her shrinking sensibility, the cravings of her alienated heart, are indulged only in the quiet loneliness of her solitude.
      - Bethmont

For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. XXVI, v. 26)

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XXIX, v. 29)

Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
      - Bible, II Samuel (ch. I, v. 20)

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. VIII, v. 17)

When we desire to confine our words, we commonly say they are spoken under the rose.
      - Sir Thomas Browne,
        Vulgar Errors--Of speaking Under the Rose--Pseudodoxia
         (5, 23)

Est rosa flos Veneris cujus quo furta laterent.
  [Roughly meaning, The discourses of the table among true loving friends are held in strict silence.]
      - as given in Peiter Burmann, Anthologia
         (bk. V, 217)

Deep in my shut and silent heart.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

In that corroding secrecy which gnaws the heart to show the effect, but not the cause.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Never confide your secrets to paper; it is like throwing a stone in the air; and if you know who throws the stone, you do not know where it may fall.
      - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Secrecy is best taught by commencing with ourselves.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

A secret is like silence: you cannot talk about it, and keep it. It is like money; when once you know there is any concealed, it is half discovered.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

For thre may kepe a counsel, if twain be awaie.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer,
        The Ten Commandments of Love (41)

If a fool knows a secret, he tells it because he is a fool; if a knave knows one, he tells it wherever it is his interest to tell it.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Women and young men are very apt to tell what secrets they know from the vanity of having been intrusted.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Secret enmities are more to be feared than open ones.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

I vow and protest there's more plague than pleasure with a secret.
      - George Colman ("The Younger")

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