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SECRECY
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None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them; such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money, for the purpose of circulation.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Secrecy is the soul of all great designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing our own intentions than by discovering those of our enemy.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Secrecy of design, when combined with rapidity of execution, like me column that guided Israel in the deserts, becomes the guardian pillar of light and fire to our friends, a cloud of overwhelming and impenetrable darkness to our enemies.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

He only is secret who never was trusted.
      - William Congreve

I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.
      - William Congreve

Secrets with girls, like guns with boys, are never valued till they make a noise.
      - George Crabbe

Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
      - Marlene Dietrich

Be thine own privy counsellor.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

He who trusts a secret to his servant makes his own man his master.
      - John Dryden

I find she loves him because she hides it. Love teaches cunning even to innocence; and when he gets possession, his first work is to dig deep within a heart, and there lie hid, and like a miser in the dark, feast alone.
      - John Dryden

We confide our secrets in friendship, but they escape us in love.
      - Du Coeur

Sell your confidence at a high price, if at all; to be strong, keep your own counsel.
      - Alexandre Dumas pere

Under every guilty secret there is hidden a brood of guilty wishes, whose unwholesome infecting life is cherished by the darkness.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

You cannot hide any secret. If the artist succor his flagging spirits by opium or wine, his work will characterize itself as the effect of opium or wine. If you make a picture or a statue, it sets the beholder in that state of mind you had when you made it. If you spend for show, on building, or gardening, or on pictures, or on equipages, it will so appear. We are all physiognomists and penetrators of character, and things themselves are detective.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When two friends part they should lock up one another's secrets, and interchange their keys.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

He deserves small trust who is not privy counsellor to himself.
      - Thomas Forde (Ford)

Let thy discontents be thy secrets.
      - Benjamin Franklin

To whom you betray your secret you sell your liberty.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

Neither hear nor tell secrets.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

A resolution that is communicated is no longer within thy power; thy attentions become now the plaything of chance; he who would have his commands certainly carried out must take man by surprise.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The truly wise man should have no keeper of his secret but himself.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

As witnesses that the things were not done in a corner.
      - Gen. Thomas Harrison,
        Defence at his trial--Account of the Trial of Twenty Regicides
         (p. 39)

Keep your misfortunes to yourself.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

People addicted to secrecy are so without knowing why; they are not so for cause, but for secrecy's sake.
      - William Hazlitt (1)


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