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SECRECY
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I have play'd the fool, the gross fool, to believe
  The bosom of a friend will hold a secret
    Mine own could not contain.
      - Philip Massinger, Unnatural Combat
         (act V, sc. 2)

A secret at home is like rocks under tide.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        Magnus and Morna (sc. 2)

In love we are not only liable to betray ourselves, but also the secrets of others.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

What thou intendest to do, speak not of before thou doest it.
      - Pittacus of Mitylene

He that discovers himself, till he hath made himself master of his desires, lays himself open to his own ruin, and makes himself prisoner to his own tongue.
      - Francis Quarles

Connoisseur says that every secret he tells to one of the fair sex is a sticking-plaster, which attaches him to her, and often begets a second secret.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

He who gives up the smallest part of a secret has the rest no longer in his power.
  [Ger., Wer den kleinsten Theil eines Geheimnisses hingibt, hat den andern nicht mehr in der Gewalt.]
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Titan (zykel 123)

God preserve us! If men knew what is done in secret, no one would be free from the interference of others.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

It is safer to be silent than to reveal one's secret to any one, and telling him not to mention it.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

The wise man tells not what he knows. It is not prudent to sport with one's head by revealing the king's secrets.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Secrecy is for the happy,--misery, hopeless misery, needs no veil; under a thousand suns it dares act openly.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Then stop if you're wise, nor the secret let fall,
  For a secret once told is no secret at all.
      - P.J. Searle

If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it to yourself.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Hippolytus
         (876)

Leave in concealment what has long been concealed.
  [Lat., Latere semper patere, quod latuit diu.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Oedipus
         (826)

And whatsoever else shall hap to-night,
  Give it an understanding, but no tongue.
      - William Shakespeare

Be thou assur'd, if words be made of breath,
  And breath of life, I have no life to breathe
    What thou hast said to me.
      - William Shakespeare

Constant you are, but yet a woman; and for secrecy, no lady closer; for I well believe thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know.
      - William Shakespeare

Fire that is closest kept burns most of all.
      - William Shakespeare

He was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that, being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired he might know none of his secrets.
      - William Shakespeare

Thou art sworn as deeply to affect what we intend as closely to conceal what we impart.
      - William Shakespeare

'Tis in my memory lock'd,
  And you yourself shall keep the key of it.
      - William Shakespeare

Two may keep counsel putting one away!
      - William Shakespeare

Two may keep counsel when the third's away.
      - William Shakespeare

Who shall be true to us, when we are so unsecret to ourselves?
      - William Shakespeare

I pray you all,
  If you have hitherto concealed this sight,
    Let it be tenable in your silence still.
      And whatsoever else shall hap to-night,
        Give it an understanding but no tongue.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)


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