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SECRECY
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But that I am forbid
  To tell the secrets of my prison house,
    I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
      Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
        Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres,
          Thy knotted and combined locks to part,
            And each particular hair to stand on end
              Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark (Ghost at I, v)

Is your man secret? Did you ne'er hear say,
  Two may keep counsel, putting one away?
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Nurse at II, iv)

The empress, the midwife, and yourself:
  Two may keep counsel when the third's away.
    Go to the empress, tell her this I said.
      - William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
         (Aaron at IV, ii)

There are no secrets except the secrets that keep themselves.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

What is mine, even to my life, is hers I love; but the secret of my friend is not mine!
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

What thou seest, speak of with caution.
      - Solon

A secret is seldom safe in more than one breast.
      - Jonathan Swift

When I am in danger of bursting, I will go and whisper among the reeds.
      - Jonathan Swift

Under the rose, since here are none but friends,
  (To own the truth) we have some private ends.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Epilogue to a Benefit Play for the Distressed Weavers

You are in a pitiable condition when you have to conceal what you wish to tell.
  [Lat., Miserum est tacere cogi, quod cupias loqui.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Let your left hand turn away what your right hands attracts.
      - The Talmud, Talmud, Sota (47)

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Conceal thy domestic ills.
      - Thales of Miletus

Secrecy has been well termed the soul of all great designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing our own intentions, than by discovering those of our enemy. But great men succeed in both.
      - Unknown

The secret wound still lives within the breast.
  [Lat., Tacitum vivit sub pectore vulnus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (IV, 67)

A woman can keep one secret,--the secret of her age.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret.
      - Walter Winchell


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