Secrets Quotes

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

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

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them. Charles Caleb Colton

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin

Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us. Elbert G Hubbard

It is wise not to seek a secret; and honest, not to reveal one. William Penn

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

Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix. Harry Truman

The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected. Anton Chekhov

Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state. Cardinal Richelieu

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness. Niels Bohr

The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. John F Kennedy

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

No one ever confides a secret to one person only. No one destroys all copies of a document. Renata Adler

Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all. Sophocles

Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets. Paul Tournier