An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.


Lord Acton (1834-1902, British historian)


Our true history is scarcely ever deciphered by others. The chief part of the drama is a monologue, or rather an intimate debate between God, our conscience, and ourselves. Tears, grieves, depressions, disappointments, irritations, good and evil thoughts, decisions, uncertainties, deliberations -- all these belong to our secret, and are almost all incommunicable and intransmissible, even when we try to speak of them, and even when we write them down.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Secrets travel fast in Paris.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


What one hides is worth neither more nor less than what one finds. And what one hides from oneself is worth neither more nor less than what one allows others to find.


Andre Breton (1989-1966, French surrealist)


Secrecy is the badge of fraud.


Sir John Chadwick (1941-, British judge)


Secrecy is best taught by starting with ourselves.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


There are some occasions when a man must tell half his secret, in order to conceal the rest.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


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


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted.


Don Delillo (1926-, American author)


A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


His mind of man, a secret makes I meet him with a start he carries a circumference in which I have no part.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother's secret hope outlives them all.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Three can keep a secret if two are dead.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Your secret is your prisoner; once you reveal it, you become its slave.


Ibn Gabirol


Where secrecy reigns, carelessness and ignorance delight to hide while skill loves the light.


Daniel C. Gelman


Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Women's propensity to share confidences is universal. We confirm our reality by sharing.


Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941-, American author, publicist)


The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.


Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679, British philosopher)


Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom; wait until they have been married longer.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


A man keeps another's secret better than he does his own. A woman, on the other hand, keeps her own better than another's.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


How shall we hope that another person will keep our secret if we do not keep it ourselves?


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


When a friend, then, indulges in the joy of unburdening a secret on to another friend's bosom, he makes the latter, in his turn, feel the urge to taste the same joy himself. He implores him, it is true, not to tell a soul; but if such a condition were taken absolutely literally, it would at once cut off the flow of these joys at their very source. The general practice is for the secret to be confided only to an equally trustworthy friend, the same conditions being imposed on him. And so from trustworthy friend to trustworthy friend the secret goes moving on round that immense chain, until finally it reaches the ears of just the very person or persons whom the first talker had expressly intended it never should reach.


Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873, Italian novelist, poet, dramatist)


Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


A secret for two is soon a secret for nobody.


Algerian Proverb


Do not do all you can, do not spend all that you have, do not believe all that you hear, and do not tell all that you know.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


What is told into the ear of a man is often heard a hundred miles away.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


In strategy, secrecy is highly regarded.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


A secret between two is God's secret, between three is all men's.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the State.


Cardinal De Richelieu (1585-1642, French statesman)


The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


It is wise to disclose what cannot be concealed.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.


Alexander Smith (1830-1867, Scottish poet, author)


I am convinced digestion is the great secret of life.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.


Sun Tzu (c 400-430 BC, Chinese military strategist, author of "Art of War")


Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


A secret may be sometimes best kept by keeping the secret of its being a ret.


Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886, British author)


Shy and unready men are great betrayers of secrets; for there are few wants more urgent for the moment than the want of something to say.


Sir Henry Taylor (1800-1886, British author)


Everyone is like a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Nothing is easier than to keep a secret: There needs no more but to shut one's mouth.


Author Unknown


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


Walter Winchell (1897-1972, American journalist)


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