Secrecy Quotes


A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.

There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.

I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it.

Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.

Aggravation    Concealment    Confusion    Contemplation    Dishonesty    Hardcore    Honesty    Lie    Lying    Never    Pain    Provoke    Secrecy    Secrets    Thinkers    Thought    Torture    Truth

All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.

Gabriel García Márquez: a Life

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez: a Life

If you have to keep a secret it's because you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

You should not honor men more than truth.

Honesty    Honor    Secrecy    Truth

It's not me who can't keep a secret. It's the people I tell that can't.

In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.

That is how heavy a secret can become. It can make blood flow easier than ink.

The Wise Man's Fear

Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."
[
Remarks on the 20th Anniversary of the Voice of America
; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, February 26, 1962]

It has always seemed that a fear of judgment is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.

An Essay On Man

Alexander Pope

An Essay On Man

The real thing about evil," said the Witch at the doorway, "isn't any of what you said. You figure out one side of it - the human side, say - and the eternal side goes into shadow. Or vice versa. It's like the old saw: What does a dragon in its shell look like? Well no one can ever tell, for as soon as you break the shell to see, the dragon is no longer in its shell. The real disaster of this inquiry is that it is the nature of evil to be secret.

Anger's like a battery that leaks acid right out of me
And it starts from the heart 'til it reaches my outer me

Acid    Anger    Battery    Bottled up    Brain    Cognition    Cold hearted    Control    Health    Heart    Heartache    Heartbreak    Inner    Lyrics    Mental    Mental health    Mental illness    Out of control    Outer    Pain    Passive aggressive    Poem    Poetry    Psychology    Rage    Rhyme    Rhythm    Secrecy    Self control

Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story. It hates having words wrapped around it- it can't survive being shared. Shame loves secrecy. When we bury our story, the shame metastasizes.

The corporations that profit from permanent war need us to be afraid. Fear stops us from objecting to government spending on a bloated military. Fear means we will not ask unpleasant questions of those in power. Fear permits the government to operate in secret. Fear means we are willing to give up our rights and liberties for promises of security. The imposition of fear ensures that the corporations that wrecked the country cannot be challenged. Fear keeps us penned in like livestock.

Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.

Privacy - like eating and breathing - is one of life's basic requirements.

Dissimulation, secretiveness, appear a necessity to the melancholic. He has complex, often veiled relations with others. These feelings of superiority, of inadequacy, of baffled feeling, of not being able to get what one wants, or even name it properly (or consistently) to oneself — these can be, it is felt they ought to be, masked by friendliness, or the most scrupulous manipulation.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Bene vixit, bene qui latuit."
(To live well is to live concealed.)

Life    Peace    Privacy    Secrecy

Keep your innocence and ignorance aside, and expose yourself to dangerous situations, and understand the deeper secrets of life.

Courage    Courageous    Danger    Dangerous    Deep    Don t panic    Expose    Exposed    Facing reality    Fear not    Gut    Guts    Hard hearted    Ignorance    Innocence    Intrepid    Life    Living    Mind    Naive    Naivity    Philosopy    Realities    Reality    Secrecy    Secret    Secrets    Situation    Situations    Vulnerable

Tension, in the long run, is a more dangerous force than any feud known to man.

Bitterness    Dangerous    Dishonesty    Feuds    Force    Honesty    Lies    Lying    Man    Mankind    Peace    Pressure    Repression    Resistance    Rivalry    Run    Secrecy    Suppression    Tension    Truth    War

And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell...You know you love me.
XOXO,
Gossip Girl

I was worried about my own vagina. It needed a context of other vaginas-- a community, a culture of vaginas. There's so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them-- like the Bermunda Triangle.

Women are better at keeping secrets, but men are more comfortable with them

All my life I have been the sort of person in whom people confide. And all my life I have been flattered by this role - grateful for the frisson of importance that comes with receiving important information. In recent years, however, I have noticed that my gratification is becoming diluted by a certain weary indignation. They tell me because they regard me as safe. All of them, they make their disclosures to me in the same spirit that they might tell a castrato or a priest - with a sense that I am so outside the loop, so remote from the doings of the great world, as to be defused of any possible threat. The number of secrets I receive is in inverse proportion to the number of secrets anyone expects me to have of my own. And this is the real source of my dismay. Being told secrets is not - never has been - a sign that I belong or that I matter. It is quite the opposite: confirmation of my irrelevance.

There are springs in the mind from which others cannot drink.

From out of nowhere, Phury felt an overwhelming tide of guilt, like someone had popped the lid off all
his deepest concerns and his fears for the future of the race. He had to respond to it, couldn't bear the
pressure.
Riding the wave, he found himself saying in a rush, "We live and die for our kind. The species is our first
and only concern. We fight every night and count the jars of thelessers we kill. Stealth is the way we
protect the civilians. The less they know about us, the safer they are. That is why we disappeared.

Ô, wine!, the truth-serum so potent that all those who wish to live happy lives should abstain from drinking it entirely!... except of course when they are alone.

Abstinence    Alcohol    Alcoholic    Alcoholism    Betrayal    Drinking    Drunkenness    Eudaimonia    Fiction    Happiness    Happy life    Lies    Literary    Literature    Living well    Lying    Novel    Roman payne    Saul    Secrecy    Secrets    Sober    Sober living    Sobriety    Truth    Truth serum    Wanderess    Wine

Be open in everything with your partner, because where there is secrecy, it can mistakenly come off as being sneaky; where you just may be innocently quiet.

Accusations    Attack    Blame    Body    Innocence    Judgemental    Mind    Open heart    Partner    Point finger at    Possesive    Quiet    Relationship    Secrecy    Sneaky    Spirit    Transparent

The only way to keep a secret is to never have one.

But let us laugh carelessly like other men.
Let us be timid even among fools.
Let us knot silence around our throats.
For they would surely kill us.

Very strange things comes to our knowledge in families, miss; bless your heart, what you would think to be phenomenons, quite ... Aye, and even in gen-teel families, in high families, in great families ... and you have no idea ... what games goes on!

Bleak House

Charles Dickens

Bleak House

As opposition leader, [Stephen Harper] wrote in the
Montreal Gazette
in the year before he came to power: 'Information is the lifeblood of a democracy. Without adequate access to key information about government policies and programs, citizens and parliamentarians cannot make informed decisions and incompetent or corrupt governments can be hidden under a cloak of secrecy.'
When he became prime minister, his attitude appeared to undergo a shift of considerable proportions. It often took the Conservatives twice as long as previous governments to handle access requests. Sometimes it took six months to a year.

Allowing ourselves to become a nation of silent, secretive, timid citizens is likely to result in a system of democracy and justice that is neither very democratic nor very just.

I have no doubt that the nation has suffered more from undue secrecy than from undue disclosure. The government takes good care of itself.

Those without the gate frequently question the wisdom and right of the occultist to guard his knowledge by the imposition of oaths of secrecy. We are so accustomed to see the scientist give his beneficent discoveries freely to all mankind that we feel that humanity is wronged and defrauded if any knowledge be kept secret by its discoverers and not at once made available for all who desire to share in it.
The knowledge is reserved in order that humanity may be protected from its abuse at the hands of the unscrupulous.

The critic of the Adepts would form a truer opinion of their attitude if he did not look upon them as guardians of a treasure, grudgingly doling it out to applicants whose rights it was impossible to ignore or defy, but rather as trainers of racehorses, patiently trying beast after beast in the hope that one may ultimately be found that will win the Grand National. The Adept who accepts an unsuitable pupil is guilty of cruelty just as much as the rider who sends a horse at a fence it cannot take.

All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.

Congress may carry on the most wicked and pernicious of schemes under the dark veil of secrecy. The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.

No secrecy, no business.

The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it; for, however absurd it may be thought to boast an honour by an act which shows that it was conferred without merit, yet most men seem rather inclined to confess the want of virtue than of importance.

The Rambler

Samuel Johnson

The Rambler

Privacy seems not an illusion for those
who want to believe in secrecy principle.

It's very, very difficult I think for us to have a transparent debate about secret programs approved by a secret court issuing secret court orders based on secret interpretations of the law.

A culture of secrecy is like the bad stench created by cat pee—it is very difficult to get rid of.

Secrets, Kohler finally said, are a luxury we can no longer afford.

Afford    Luxury    Philosophy    Privacy    Said    Secrecy    Secrets

An execution carried out in secrecy is no better than lynching from a dry branch.

In Russia everything is a secret, but there is no secrecy.

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