Secrets Quotes

Most popular secrets quotes

No one keeps a secret better than he who ignores it.
The knowledge that a secret exists is half of the secret.
If you really want to keep a secret you don't need any help.
None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.
None are so fond of secrets as those who do not intend to keep them.

gossip

A secret is not something untold. It's something which can't be told.
Isn't it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most!
He who has a secret should not only hide it, but hide that he has it to hide.
A secret is what you tell someone else not to tell because you can't keep it to yourself.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
Secrecy is an instrument of conspiracy; it ought not, therefore, to be a system of a regular government.

government

The vanity of being known to be entrusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
Another person's secret is like another person's money: you are not as careful with it as you are with your own.
A secret ceases to be a secret if it is once confided—it is like a dollar bill, once broken, it is never a dollar again.
No mortal can keep a secret.  If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
The severest test of character is not so much the ability to keep a secret as it is, when the secret is finally out, to refrain from disclosing that you knew it all along.

character human nature

I began to sense faintly that secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny.  Not force, but secrecy...censorship.  When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives.

tyranny