Meaningful Quotes about Secrets
The secret known to two is no longer a secret.—Ninon de Lenclos.
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.
A woman can keep one secret,—the secret of her age.—Voltaire
Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.
History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose.
John le Carre
Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin. The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow.
In all secrets there is a kind of guilt, however beautiful or joyful they may be, or for what good end they may be set to serve. Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the moral mind.
To tell your own secrets is generally folly, but that folly is without guilt; to communicate those with which we are intrusted is always treachery, and treachery for the most part combined with folly.—Dr. Johnson.
To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.—Holmes.
To whom you betray your secret you sell your liberty.—Franklin.
He who trusts a secret to his servant makes his own man his master.—Dryden.