Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
Author: Lord Acton (1834-1902)
Profession: 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.
Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)
Profession: 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.
Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Profession: Anglo-American Poet
To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer
Secrets travel fast in Paris.
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Profession: 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.
Author: Andre Breton (1989-1966)
Profession: French Surrealist
Secrecy is the badge of fraud.
Author: Sir John Chadwick (1941)
Profession: British Judge
Secrecy is best taught by starting with ourselves.
Author: Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794)
Profession: French Writer, Journalist, Playwright
I know that's a secret, for it's whispered everywhere.
Author: William Congreve (1670-1729)
Profession: British Dramatist
A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.
Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
Profession: 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.
Author: Don Delillo (1926)
Profession: American Author
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Profession: 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.
Author: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Profession: American Poet
Three can keep a secret if two are dead.
Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Profession: 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.
Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis