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SECRECY
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There are inscriptions on our hearts which, like that on, Dighton rock, are never to be seen, except at dead-low tide.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Never inquire into another man's secret; bur conceal that which is intrusted to you, though pressed both be wine and anger to reveal it.
  [Lat., Arcanum neque tu scrutaveris ullius unquam, commissumve teges et vino tortus et ira.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 18, 37)

A secret is too little for one, enough for two, and too much for three.
      - James Howell (Howel)

No one keeps a secret so well as a child.
      - Victor Hugo

There is a secret drawer in every woman's heart.
      - Victor Hugo

We must regard all matter as an intrusted secret which we believe the person concerned would wish to be considered as such. Nay, further still, we must consider all circumstances as secrets intrusted which would bring scandal upon another if told.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Look into any man's heart you please, and you will always find, in every one, at least one black spot which he has to keep concealed.
      - Henrik Ibsen

A secret in his mouth,
  Is like a wild bird put into a cage;
    Whose door no sooner opens, but 'tis out.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Everybody knows worse of himself than he knows of other men.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The rules that I shall propose concerning secrecy, and from which I think it not safe to deviate without long and exact deliberation, are, never to solicit the knowledge of a secret,--not willingly, nor without many limitations, to accept such confidence when it is offered; when a secret is once admitted, to consider the trust as of a very high nature, important as society and sacred as truth, and therefore not to be violated for any incidental convenience, or slight appearance of contrary fitness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To tell your own secrets is generally folly, but that folly is without guilt; to communicate those with which we are intrusted is always treachery, and treachery for the most part combined with folly.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The desert is mute, and dead men tell no tales.
      - Edouard Rene Lefebure Laboulaye

A man can keep another person's secret better than his own; a woman, on the contrary, keeps her secret though she blabs all others.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

We trust our secrets to our friends, but they escape from us in love.
  [Fr., L'on confie son secret dans l'amitie, mais il echappe dans l'amour.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (IV)

When a secret is revealed, it is the fault of the man who confided it.
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (V)

Nothing is so oppressive as a secret: women find it difficult to keep one long; and I know a goodly number of men who are women in this regard.
  [Fr., Rien ne pese tant qu'un secret:
    Le porter loin est difficile aux dames;
      Et je sais meme sur ce fait
        Bon nombre d'hommes que sont femmes.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VIII, 6)

Everyone agrees that a secret should be kept intact, but everyone does not agree as to the nature and importance of secrecy. Too often we consult ourselves as to what we should say, what we should leave unsaid. There are few permanent secrets, and the scruple against revealing them will not last forever.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 90)

Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

The secret known to two is no longer a secret.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

Thou hast betrayed thy secret as a bird betrays her nest, by striving to conceal it.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Men conceal the past scenes of their lives.
  [Lat., Vitae poscaenia celant.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (IV, 1,182)


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