Keeping Secrets Quotes

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Secrecy is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups who do not have the “need to know”, perhaps while sharing it with other individuals. That which is kept hidden is known as the secret.

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Keeping Secrets Quotes

Guarding a secret is the same as guarding one’s chastity. Those who keep a secret, whether personal or a friend’s, keep themselves chaste. Conversely, those who spread secrets damage their honor and reputation by leaving them unguarded. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If you want to tell someone a secret, be sure that you could trust him or her with your honor. He or she must be as meticulous about keeping your secret as he or she would be about his or her own honor. An unreliable person, one who is ignorant of the value of chastity, should not be entrusted with keeping your secret. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Keeping a secret and respecting the secrets of others, as opposed to prying into them, is a virtue related to self-discipline and sensitivity. Those who lack understanding cannot guard a secret, and those who do not care about the consequences of words and actions cannot be considered discreet. – M. Fethullah Gulen

It is usually wiser not to relate your private concerns to others, especially if they are unattractive, offensive, or lacking in merit. To do so can embarrass loved ones and delight enemies, and have other unpleasant consequences as well.

Hearts are created as safes for keeping secrets. Intelligence is their lock; will-power is their key. No one can break into the safe and steal its valuables if the lock or key are not faulty. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Bear in mind that those who carry others’ secrets to you might bear yours to others. Do not give such tactless people any chance to learn even the smallest details of your private concerns. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If you entrust another secret to someone who previously disclosed one, your lack of perception and poor judgment in choosing a confidant is plain for all to see. One whose own heart is firm on this matter and who is vigilant cannot be deceived and seduced repeatedly in this way. – M. Fethullah Gulen

There are secrets related to the person, the family, and the nation. By disclosing a personal secret, you are interfering with a person’s honor; by disclosing a family secret, you are interfering with the family’s honor; and by disclosing a national secret, you are interfering with the nation’s honor. A secret is a power only as long as it stays with its owner, but is a weapon that may be used against its owner if it passes into the hands of others. This is the meaning of one of our traditional sayings: “The secret is your slave, but you become its slave if you disclose it.” – M. Fethullah Gulen

The details of many important affairs can be protected only if they are kept secret. Often enough, when the involved parties do not keep certain matters secret, no progress is achieved. In addition, serious risks might confront those who are involved, particularly if the matter concerns delicate issues of national life and its continuation. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If a state cannot protect its secrets from its enemies, it cannot develop. If an army reveals its strategy to its antagonists, it cannot attain victory. If key workers are won over by the competitors, their employers cannot succeed. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Explain what you must, but never give away all of your secrets. Those who freely publicize the secrets of their hearts drag themselves and their nation toward an inevitable downfall. – M. Fethullah Gulen

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Keeping Secrets Quotes

Keeping secrets can really ruin a relationship. – Unknown

Keeping secrets from friends is dumb because they will eventually find out and consequences won’t be good. – Unknown

Keeping secrets from your father will only lead to trouble. – S.R. Ford

Keeping secrets is a consequential act for all involved. – Sharon Salzberg

Keeping secrets is a survival tactic. – Kaede Lazares

Keeping secrets is exhausting. When your whole life turns into a secret, – Robin York

Keeping secrets is for kids. We all grown here. – Unknown

Keeping secrets is the equivalent to lying in my eyes… – Unknown

Keeping secrets isn’t my specialty. – Hannah Harrington

Keeping secrets made you powerful. Being powerful earned you respect.
Respect was hard currency. – Terry Pratchett

Keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness and communication is the key to love. – Laura Esquivel

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A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets. – Lauren Oliver

A man can keep another’s secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others. – Jean de la Bruyere

A man’s true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others. – Paul Valery

A neurosis is a secret that you don’t know you are keeping. – Kenneth Tynan

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

A relationship is a two-way street, not a three-way, so stop telling your friends things that go in on it. – Unknown

A relationship with no arguments, is a relationship with a lot of secrets. – Unknown

A secret at home is like rocks under tide. – Dinah Craik, Magnus and Morna

A secret is a kind of promise … It can also be a prison. – Jennifer Lee Carrell, Interred With Their Bones

A secret is no longer a secret once someone knows it.

A secret is powerful when it is empty. – Umberto Eco

A secret remains a secret until you make someone promise never to reveal it. – Fausto Cercignani

A secret spoken finds wings. – Robert Jordan

A secret that has been buried too long, eating a hole in me, worms its way to the surface, like a swimmer who can’t hold his breath any longer. – Michael R. French

A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept. – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A true relationship is when you can tell each other anything and everything. No secrets and no lies. – Unknown

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets. – Gloria Stuart

Alchemists turned into chemists when they stopped keeping secrets. – Eric S. Raymond

All women are natural born espionage agents. – Eddie Cantor

And that’s when I felt the first wave of sorrow that came from keeping a new secret. – Lauren Wolk

Anyone who knows how difficult it is to keep a secret among three men – particularly if they are married – knows how absurd is the idea of a worldwide secret conspiracy consciously controlling all mankind by its financial power; in real, clear analysis. – Oswald Mosley

As far as keeping secrets is concerned, I have a black hole in my heart … whatever goes inside stays there and never comes out. – Raj

Augustine’s lips tense into a line. “Oh, for the gods’ sakes, Little Jac,” he snaps. “We know Lucent wasn’t just your riding companion.” At her stunned expression, Augustine laughs. “You are good at many things, but you are horrible at keeping your love interests a secret. – Marie Lu

Bards were terrible at keeping secrets. They insisted on putting them to music. – Tanya Huff

Be careful who you share your personal life with. If someone you confide shares secrets with you, that they were asked not to divulge, chances are your secret’s already out there too. Everything is not for everybody. – Carlos Wallace

Be careful who you tell a secret, some peoples’ way of keeping secrets is posting them on Facebook. – Mwaaba Mugala

Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative stay smiling and keep running. – Fauja Singh

Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe. – Andrea Gibson

Being independent doesn’t mean keeping secrets from those who care about you. – Emily Ann Putzke

But Gale is not one to keep secrets from me. “Katniss, there is no District Twelve.” – Suzanne Collins

But it is important always to keep in mind that the danger of harming humans is not connected only or even mainly with telling secrets, there can be great danger in keeping secrets. – Daniel Ellsberg

But one good thing with your brain being sick is that you’re going to be really good at keeping secrets. That’s a good thing if you’re a grandpa.” Grandpa nods. “That’s true, that’s true . . . what was that? – Fredrik Backman

But some secrets are too delicious not to share. – Suzanne Collins

But the aspect of secrets is they leak out. If they didn’t leak, they wouldn’t be interesting. – CLAMP

But the treasure of it was in the giving, not the keeping. – Julio Alexi Genao

But, finally, I had to open my eyes. I had to stop keeping secrets. The truth, thankfully, is insistent. What I saw then made action necessary. I had to see people for who they were. I had to understand why I made the choices I did. Why I had given them my loyalty. I had to make changed. I had to stop allowing love to be dangerous. I had to learn how to protect myself. But first… I had to look. – Deb Caletti

Clean living keeps me in shape. Righteous thoughts are my secret. And New Orleans home cooking. – Fats Domino

Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence. – Dorothy Dix

Cops are good at keeping secrets. – J.D. Robb

Despite what I said about staying the way we were, I changed. I, who have always believed in speaking my mind and made it my mission to uncover the truth, have found myself keeping secrets. Sometimes life is more complicated than the simple rules we make for it. – Elizabeth Chandler

Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution. – Chanakya

Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested. – Queen Elizabeth II

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

Dogs are loyal friends, and if they could talk, your secrets would still be safe. (If my cat could talk, I’d have to let the dog eat her.) – Richelle E. Goodrich

Don’t be in a relationship if you are going to act single. – Sushan R Sharma

Don’t ever feel that you have to hide who you are. Nothing good ever comes from keeping secrets like that. – Lisa See

Don’t worry,’ she told him. ‘I am exceptionally good at keeping secrets.’- Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart

Eilis was fascinated by [ … ] his sweet duplicity in giving no sign of what had happened before. She was almost glad to know that he had secrets and had ways of calmly keeping them. – Colm Toibin

Eleanor should never have told them about Park’s house, but she’d been dying to tell somebody. (This was how people ended up in jail after committing the perfect crime.) – Rainbow Rowell

Emma Strickland was not who she seemed. He intended to find out more, unlock whatever secrets she was keeping inside her sexy halter and shiny hot pants. Without removing her sexy halter and shiny hot pants, because that would be wrong. With a capital W. – Kate Meader

Every friendship, every relationship, is bound to fall apart when you start keeping things to yourself. Secrets don’t destroy things…but suspicion does.. – Melchor Lim

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

For the first time he perceived that if you want to keep a secret you must also hide it from yourself. You must know all the while that it is there, but until it is needed you must never let it emerge into your consciousness in any shape that could be given a name. – George Orwell

For the keeping of secrets from adults is oft the only power a child may hope to possess. – Jacqueline Carey

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. – Sigmund Freud

His fingers slide into my hair, and I hold on to his arms to stay steady as we press together like two blades at a stalemate. He is stronger than anyone I know, and warmer than anyone else realizes; he is a secret that I have kept, and will keep for the rest of my life. – Veronica Roth

His shirt is rumpled. His fingers, long and slender, are stained yellow at the tips from smoking. His mind is always on something else. My mind is busy, too, reading every cue and signal, keeping track of all the things that cannot be discussed, that must not be remembered, that have to be erased. – Kristen Iversen

How bout instead of keeping secrets you say it out loud! – Unknown

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves. – François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves? – Francois de La

How often our involuntary facial motions testify to the thoughts we were keeping secret, and betray us to those around! – Michel De Montaigne

I am good at keeping secrets. I am wrapped in them now, the way I am wrapped in lies, like my sweater, clinging tightly to my skin, even on the hottest of days. – Jillian Cantor

I am literally the worst person at keeping secrets. I’d be the worst spy of all time. – Keri Russell

I am not very good at keeping secrets at all! If you want your secret kept do not tell me! – Miley Cyrus

I am the worst at keeping secrets. I am the kind of person that the second I buy someone a Christmas present, I tell them what I bought them. I don’t wait until Christmas. I’m not good at it. – Jessica Chastain

I am tired of everyone keeping their secrets so well that they get other people killed. We are all involved in your game, and it seems we are not as easily repaired as teacups. – Erin Morgenstern

I don’t keep any close friends. I don’t keep any secrets. I don’t need friends. I just tell everybody everything, that’s all. – Bobby Fischer

I gave you all my secrets, and you lost them all. You lost a lot of things.

I guess I was used to keeping my secrets to myself. – Sarah Tregay

I guess that’s the way secrets are. They’re only heavy when you’re holding them. As soon as you let go, the significance of keeping those secrets hidden blows away and everything falls into place. – Cassia Leo

I have never lied to you, you were always the one keeping secrets from me. – Unknown

I just love that your keeping secrets from me. Thought we were closer than that. – Unknown

I know I can’t own a hilltop, a meadow, or a mountainside. But keeping it a secret somehow makes it mine. – Joyce Rachelle

I love you. I love you and it sucks because now I’m going to lose my job and all our kids are to have red hair and I want at least one of them to be blonde, but they’ll probably all have red hair and you’re keeping secrets from me and I love you. – Chelsea M. Cameron

I never brag, how real i keep it, cause thats the best secret. – Nas

I never understood why Clark Kent was so hell bent on keeping Lois Lane in the dark. – Audrey Niffenegger

I think it’s useful, as a famous person, to have as little separation between the perception of you and how you really are – because otherwise I’d be sitting here thinking I’m keeping secrets, and wondering when you’re going to find out. – Daniel Radcliffe

I tried to keep us together, you were busy keeping secrets. – Unknown

I usually get my stuff from people who promised somebody else that they would keep it a secret. – Walter Winchell

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. – Rainer Maria Rilke

I was good at keeping secrets from my parents (it’s one of the things we learn while growing up, after all). – Jojo Moyes

I’ll give you this strawberry if you keep it a secret. –L (Death Note) – Tsugumi Ohba

I’m a pretty bad liar, and I’m not very good at keeping secrets. – Jennifer Love Hewitt

I’m a pretty bad liar, and I’m not very good at keeping secrets. I’m one of those people who is like, “Let me tell you what happened today. You’re never going to believe it!” – Jennifer Love Hewitt

I’m an expert at finding out secrets, but keeping them- especially a secret of this magnitude – is something else. – Hannah Harrington

I’m good at keeping secrets because I don’t pay attention when people tell me stuff. – Unknown

I’m good at keeping secrets, but if it’s not something super serious I usually tell people not to tell me because I’ll tell someone else. – Steven Yeun

I’m good at keeping secrets. – Sam Taylor-Wood

I’m good at keeping secrets. My friends always tell me their secrets because I keep them well. – Erin Richards

I’m not good at keeping secrets. If I’m entrusted with a secret from a friend, I can do that because I’m a good friend, but I don’t like having secrets, it makes me nervous. – Julia Stiles

I’m not really good at keeping my own secrets. I can keep other people’s secrets pretty well. Unless they’re really good and people deserve to hear them. And I’ll disseminate the information accordingly. – John Mayer

I’m not so great at keeping secrets, maybe that’s why no one ever tells me things. – Emily Osment

I’m only good about keeping secrets so people will tell me more secrets. – Unknown

I’m really good at keeping secrets because five minutes later I forget what you told me because I don’t care. – Unknown

I’m so bad at keeping my own secrets to myself, I just end up telling everyone else. – Unknown

I’ve always been intrigued by the power of secrets. When is it justifiable to keep them from the ones we love? And does keeping them irrevocably change who we are? – Emily Giffin

I’ve been keeping secrets from my heart and from my soul. – Unknown

If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldnt be in it. – Ritu Ghatourey

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you keep my secret, this strawberry is yours. – Tsugumi Ohba

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. – Kahlil Gibran

If you want to keep a secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend. – Benjamin Franklin

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. – George Orwell

In most cases, cables are marked secret not because the U.S. requires it but because those speaking to us – the foreign leaders across the table – do. They are not keeping secrets from us, but from two other groups: their enemies and their subjects. – Elliott Abrams

In our culture privacy is often confused with secrecy. Open, honest, truth-telling individuals value privacy. We all need spaces where we can be alone with thoughts and feelings – where we can experience healthy psychological autonomy and can choose to share when we want to. Keeping secrets is usually about power, about hiding and concealing information. – Bell Hooks

Instead, we just sat there, together but really apart, watching a show about a stranger and all her secrets, while keeping our own to ourselves, as always. – Sarah Dessen

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. – Oscar Wilde

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

It seemed to Ellie that you could tell a lot about someone by the way they carried a secret – by how safe they kept it, how soon they told, the way they acted when they were trying to keep it from spilling out. – Jennifer E. Smith

It’s expensive to keep communism alive today. I’ve already got a huge foreign debt staring me in the face, and I can’t reduce it by exporting tomatoes or toilet paper. We should be making dollars any way we can. And we should be exporting arms any way and every way, openly and secretly, legally or by smuggling, I don’t care how. – Nicolae Ceausescu

It’s really best not to tell people when you feel bad. Growing up is about keeping secrets, and pretending everything is fine. – Caitlin Moran

I’d learned that some things are best kept secret. – Nicholas Sparks

Journalists belong in the gutter because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets. – Gerald Priestland

Keep your relationship private, without keeping your partner a secret. There’s a difference between privacy and secrecy. – Unknown

Keeping a little ahead of conditions is one of the secrets of business; the trailer seldom goes far. – Charles M. Schwab

Keeping big secrets, particularly secrets about things of one’s own doing, is a tough proposition for even very bright people. – Kurt Vonnegut

Lie until even you believe it – that’s the real secret of lying. – Holly Black

Life is supposed to be a series of peaks and valleys.
The secret is to keep the valleys from becoming Grand Canyons. – Bernard Williams

Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides. – André Malraux

Maybe we should open a bottle of champagne,” Maddy said, glaring at the two women. “A toast to keeping secrets . . . where would a family be without ’em? – Barbara Bretton

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. – Don DeLillo

Moments of their secret life together burst like stars upon his memory. – James Joyce

My secrets must be poetic to be believable. – Mick Jagger

Nature, keeping only useless secrets, had placed within reach and in sight of human beings the things it was necessary for them to know. – Michel Foucault

Never trust someone who will just get up and tell you another person’s story or secrets, cause they’ll share yours just the same. – Christon Henry

No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child. – Victor Hugo

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues. – Bertrand Russell

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them; such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money, for the purpose of circulation. – Charles Caleb Colton

Nothing is so oppressive as a secret: women find it difficult to keep one long;
and I know a goodly number of men who are women in this regard. – Jean De La Fontaine

Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets. – Paul Tournier

Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret. – Jean de La Fontaine

Now I’ll teach you a lesson for keeping secrets from me. – Unknown

Odara narrowed her gaze at Reaghan. You think I enjoy keeping secrets? It kills the soul slowly and surely every day those secrets are kept. – Donna Grant

Often, the worst way to become prisoner of a system is to have a dream that things may turn better, there is always the possibility of change. Because it is precisely this secret dream that keeps you enslaved to the system. – Slavoj Žižek

Oh, Grey, no one really likes keeping secrets. The only thing that makes a secret fun is knowing that you weren’t supposed to tell it. – Kate Morton

Once exposed, a secret loses all its power. – Ann Aguirre

One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. – Voltaire

One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people. – Dick Gregory

One of the things I keep reminding players is that when you’re lost in a fog, you must stick together. Then you don’t get lost. If there’s a secret about Liverpool, that’s it. – Bob Paisley

Our street corners keep secrets, and our road signs only suggest, never deciding for us, never knowing if the destination to which they lead, is where we truely belong. Life’s greatest tragedy is not that it will some day end, but that most of us just live to follow directions, and many times we end up totally lost. – Alex Gaskarth

People are secretive when they have secrets. – Deb Caletti

Royce hated keeping secrets from Hadrian, and it weighed heavily on his conscience, which was amazing, because he had never known he had one. Royce defined right and wrong by the moment. Right was what was best for him – wrong was everything else. – Michael J. Sullivan

Secrets are generally terrible. Beauty is not hidden -only ugliness and deformity. – L.M. Montgomery

Secrets are going to lead to lies, that lead to distrust, that lead to the end of relationships. So don’t keep secrets or don’t get upset when it’s over. – Nishan Panwar

Secrets are the kind of adventure she needs. Secrets are safe, and they do much to make you different. On the inside where it counts. – E.L. Konigsburg

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

Secrets aren’t secret. They’re just hidden treasures, waiting to be exploited. – Stephen White

Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there’s a secret. – Jean Ferris

Secrets press inside a person. They press the way water presses at a dam. The secrets and the water, they both want to get out. – Franny Billingsley

Secrets tend to get revealed when you’re feeling most loved and when you’re feeling most betrayed.

Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned. – James Joyce

Secrets…are the very root of cool. – William Gibson

Sexual abuse of children now presents society with the ultimate crisis of patriarchy, when children refuse to protect their fathers by keeping secrets. – Beatrix Campbell

She smelled of deep, dark things and untold secrets and all of what she was keeping from me. – Nova Ren Suma

So this is what you look like when you’re keeping a giant secret from me – exactly the same as usual. – Rainbow Rowell

Some secrets are better left at that -as secrets. – Candace Bushnell

Some secrets are like fossils and the stone has become too heavy to turn over. – Delphine de Vigan

Tell me, she whispered.
And he, the archangel used to keeping a thousand secrets, told her. – Nalini Singh

Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. – Proverbs

That, my dear, is what makes a character interesting, their secrets. – Kate Morton

The best crime novels are all based on people keeping secrets. All lying – you may think a lie is harmless, but you put them all together and there’s a calamity. – Alafair Burke

The best secrets are the most twisted. – Sara Shepard

The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one. – Margaret Atwood

The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you. – Chanakya

The corner doesn’t mind listening to the stupid things I say;
Sometimes it’s the only one keeping me from running away.
And the corner never tells me things I’d rather never know;
We became the best of friends long, long, long ago. – Margo T. Rose

The costs of keeping secrets include our growing isolation due to fear of detection and the ways we shut down inside to avoid feeling the effects of our behavior. We can never afford to be truly seen and known – even by ourselves. – Sharon Salzberg

The dead keep their secrets, and in a while we shall be as wise as they – and as taciturn. – Alexander Smith

The first rule in keeping secrets is nothing on paper: paper can be lost or stolen or simply inherited by the wrong people; if you really want to keep something secret, don’t write it down. – Thomas Powers

The innermost secrets you should confide to your mother and your fears to your father. I have neither, so I end up confiding it to my acting. – Shah Rukh Khan

The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep. – Edgar Watson Howe

The more we practice mindfulness, the more alert we become to the cost of keeping secrets. – Sharon Salzberg

The number of family secrets is just staggering. – Jill A. Davis

The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves. – George Bernard Shaw

The only thing scarier than telling my secrets would be keeping them. When the “sensitive information” you carry is your own history, going mute to protect the system doesn’t keep you from being destroyed; it just means that you destroy yourself. – Martha N. Beck

The problem with losing your anonymity is that you can never go back. – Marla Maples

The rain falls, catching the trailing edges of net curtains which flow out of open windows like fishing nets lowered over the backs of boats, nets hung neatly between the outside and the in, keeping floundering secrets firmly hidden… – Jon McGregor

the safest place to keep your secrets is to keep them in your mind with a locked tongue – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. – Maximilien Robespierre

The secret of perfect health lies in keeping the mind always cheerful – never worried, never hurried, never borne down by any fear, thought or anxiety. – Sathya Sai Baba

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven’t made up their minds. – Casey Stengel

The Secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free.

The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.— Dave Weinbaum

The secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is. – Ann Voskamp

The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching. – Dennis Green

The secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into. – Jonathan Safran Foer

The universe has its secrets. Extra dimensions of space might be one of them. If so, the universe has been hiding those dimensions, protecting them, keeping them coyly under wraps. From a casual glance, you would never suspect a thing. – Lisa Randall

The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected. – Baltasar Gracian

There are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses. – George Bernard Shaw

There are no secrets.’ The thing smiled, showing a row of even, childlike teeth. ‘None worth keeping. Only the ones you hide from yourself, which are the most damaging and hurtful of all. Truth is truth, and lie is lie. Tell yourself one’s the other and all the world turns kilter. – David Hewson

There are some secrets that we think we’re keeping, but those secrets are actually keeping us. – Frank Warren

There are two kinds of secrets. The ones we keep from others and the ones we keep from ourselves. – Frank Warren

There is a difference between your parents’ not reporting to you everything they do and keeping secrets from you. – Carolyn Hax

There is a lurking fear that some things are not meant to be known. – Carl Sagan

There is a theme that runs through my work, and that is: the toxic property of keeping secrets. – Joyce Maynard

There is comfort in keeping what is sacred inside us not as a secret, but as a prayer. – Terry Tempest Williams

There is no friendship that cares about an overheard secret. – Alexandre Dumas

There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession. – Daniel Webster

There is too much at stake to chance rocking the boat by holding on to highly inflated expectations. Keeping our relationships intact and pretending they’re successful, even if they aren’t, is the price we must pay to harbor our deepest secrets. – Sarah Jo Smith

There’s the imperative to keep secrets, and the imperative to have them known. How do you know that you’re a person, distinct from other people? By keeping certain things to yourself. – Jonathan Franzen

They each had secrets they were keeping from the other; secrets they were keeping out of love. – Melissa De La Cruz

This is why you have to stop keeping secrets, Matt. They’re going to destroy you from the inside. – Deborah Harkness

This secret-keeping business was not for me. – Liz Czukas

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

Three things cannot long stay hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth. – Buddha

To hide feelings when you are near crying is the secret of dignity. – Dejan Stojanovic

To keep your own secrets is wisdom; but to expect others to keep them is folly. – William Scott Downey

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

To know a man’s secrets is to discover his weakness, and thus control his will. – Jeremy Aldana

To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself. – Henry Ward Beecher

Trade your secrets and become who you are. – Frank Warren

Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

We are bound by the secrets we share. – Zoe Heller

We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows. – Robert Frost

We knew each other’s histories and secrets, hopes and fears and dreams. When you need to get good and drunk, that’s the kind of person you want keeping pace with you. “Okay, – Jacqueline Carey

We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones. – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What is a secret wish? It is what you want but cannot ask. – Amy Tan

What is Man? A miserable little pile of secrets. – Andre Malraux

What is most important to understand about dysfunctional families is that in keeping the family “secrets,” we are harming ourselves and diminishing our ability to be honest and open-hearted with ourselves and others we care about – Katherine Mayfield

Whatever the root of the tree feeds on in secret, affects the bough and the leaf. – Rumi

Whatever you keep hidden in your heart, God manifests in you outwardly. – Unknown

When a secret is revealed, it is the fault of the man who confided it. – Jean de La Bruyère

when they stopped keeping secrets. – Eric S. Raymond

When you are entrusted with a secret, you become irrevocably accountable for what you do or don’t do after your mind is colored by the knowledge of it. – Joyce Rachelle

When you know someone is keeping secrets from you it makes you feel like an idiot, and no one likes feeling like an idiot. Mum – Fredrik Backman

Whoever decided to call it Victoria’s Secret sucks at keeping secrets. – Unknown

Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Why do people with bad breath always wanna tell me secrets? – Unknown

Why is it that fools always have the instinct to hunt out the unpleasant secrets of life, and the hardiness to mention them? – Emily Eden

Women are better at keeping secrets, but men are more comfortable with them. – Stephen King

You can hide your secrets in your smile. – Unknown

You have two kinds of secrets. The ones only you know. The ones only you don’t. – James Richardson

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. – W. H. Auden

You know what Ali said that night? About our secrets keeping us close? I think it was the opposite. – Spencer, Pretty Little Liars

You make people interested in you by keeping secrets, not by passing them out like candy at Halloween. – Bryn Greenwood

You say you want a healthy relationship but you busy keeping secrets. – Unknown

You were busy keeping secrets. Secrets you was telling everybody but me. – Unknown

You’re good at keeping secrets, but you ain’t good at telling lies. – Unknown

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  • Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
    • Attributed to John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton. Reported as unverified in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989).
  • I request that they may be considered in confidence, until the members of Congress are fully possessed of their contents, and shall have had opportunity to deliberate on the consequences of their publication; after which time, I submit them to your wisdom.
    • John Adams, message to both houses of Congress transmitting dispatches from France (April 3, 1798); in Charles Francis Adams, ed., The Works of John Adams (1854), vol. 9, p. 158.
  • Est rosa flos Veneris cujus quo furta laterent.
    • As given in Burmann’s Anthologia, Book V. 217. (1778). Sub rosa. Under the rose (i.e., secretly). The rose was emblematic of secrecy with the ancients. Cupid bribed Harpocrates, god of silence, with a rose, not to divulge the amours of Venus. Hence a host hung a rose over his tables that his guests might know that under it words spoken were to remain secret. Harpocrates is Horus, god of the rising sun. Found in Gregory Nazianzen Carmen (Ed. 1611), Volume II, p. 27.
  • A secret remains a secret until you make someone promise never to reveal it.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2013, p. 17.
  • I believe that the public temper is such that the voters of the land are prepared to support the party which gives the best promise of administering the government in the honest, simple, and plain manner which is consistent with its character and purposes. They have learned that mystery and concealment in the management of their affairs cover tricks and betrayal. The statesmanship they require consists in honesty and frugality, a prompt response to the needs of the people as they arise, and a vigilant protection of all their varied interests.
    • Grover Cleveland, letter accepting nomination as the Democratic candidate for president (August 8, 1884), The Writings and Speeches of Grover Cleveland (1892), p. 13.
  • Truly your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a Revealer of secrets, because you were able to reveal this secret.
    • Daniel 2:47 NWT
  • As for you, Daniel, keep the words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rove about, and the true knowledge will become abundant.
    • Daniel 12:4 NWT
  • Three may keep a Secret, if two of them are dead.
    • Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack (1735).
  • If you would keep your secret from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.
    • Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack (1741).
  • While there’s no ‘fair use’ exception when it comes to trade secrets, anyone who discovers a trade secret without violating a confidentiality agreement can disseminate it freely. For example, if you board a commuter train in Atlanta and discover that a Coca-Cola employee has left the secret formula for the company’s flagship product on one of the seats, you have no obligation not to reveal it to the world. More important, this means that newspapers often may legally publish material that may have been obtained illegally, as long as they did not induce the illegal taking or know about it beforehand and as long as no one was induced or solicited by the newspaper to steal the material in question.
    • Mike Godwin (2003). Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. p. 217. ISBN 0812928342.
  • Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest.
    • Gospel of John 3:20-21 KJV.
  • Nothing circulates so rapidly as a secret.
    • Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality (1841), Vol. 2, Chapter 4
  • Is a secret still a secret if everyone knows it?
    • George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings, Tyrion (IV)–Tyrion
  • Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state.
    • Cardinal Richelieu “Maxims,” Testament Politique (1641).
  • If you have hitherto conceal’d this sight,
    Let it be tenable in your silence still.
    And whatsoever else shall hap to-night,
    Give it an understanding, but no tongue.
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act I, scene 2, line 249.
  • But that I am forbid,
    To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
    I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
    Would harrow up thy soul.

    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1600-02), Act I, scene 5, line 13.
  • Two may keep counsel, putting one away.
    • William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (1597), Act II, scene 4, line 209.
  • Two may keep counsel when the third’s away.
    • William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus (c. 1584-1590), Act IV, scene 2, line 144.
  • There are no secrets except the secrets that keep themselves.
    • George Bernard Shaw (Confucius, in Pt. III: The Thing Happens. – Back to Methuselah (1921)).
  • Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses all.
    • Sophocles, Hipponous, fragment 280.
  • Tacitum vivit sub pectore vulnus.
    • The secret wound still lives within the breast.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), IV. 67.
  • The secret is the secret.
    • David Woodard, Breed the Unmentioned.
  • I think of secrets of lies.
    • Amy Hempel, “Cloudland”
  • Before a stranger do nothing that should be kept secret, for you do not know what it will produce later on.
    • Sirach 8:18
  • For this thing was not done in a corner.
    • Acts, XXVI. 26.
  • A man can hide all things, excepting twain—
    That he is drunk, and that he is in love.

    • Antiphanes, Fragmenta. See Meineke’s Fragmenta Comicorum Græcorum, Volume III, p. 3. Seq. Also in Didot’s Poet. Com. Græ., p. 407.
  • When we desire to confine our words, we commonly say they are spoken under the rose.
    • Sir Thomas Browne, Vulgar ErrorsOf Speaking Under the Rose. Pseudodoxia, 5, 23.
  • For thre may kepe a counsel, if twain be awaie.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Ten Commandments of Love, 41. George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651). John Heywood, Proverbs, Part II, Chapter V.
  • A secret at home is like rocks under tide.
    • Dinah Craik, Magnus and Morna, scene 2.
  • The secret things belong unto the Lord our God.
    • Deuteronomy, XXIX. 29.
  • As witnesses that the things were not done in a corner.
    • Gen. Thomas Harrison, defence at his trial, Account of the Trial of Twenty Regicides (1660), p. 39.
  • Arcanum neque tu scrutaveris ullius unquam, commissumve teges et vino tortus et ira.
    • Never inquire into another man’s secret; but conceal that which is intrusted to you, though pressed both by wine and anger to reveal it.
    • Horace, Epistles, I. 18. 37.
  • There is a skeleton on every house.
    • Saying from story in Italian Tales of Humour, Gallantry and Romance.
  • L’on confie son secret dans l’amitié, mais il échappe dans l’amour.
    • We trust our secrets to our friends, but they escape from us in love.
    • Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, IV.
  • Toute révélation d’un secret est la faute de celui qui l’a confié.
    • When a secret is revealed, it is the fault of the man who confided it.
    • Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, V.
  • Rien ne pèse tant qu’un secret:
    Le porter loin est difficile aux dames;
    Et je sais même sur ce fait
    Bon nombre d’hommes que sont femmes.

    • Nothing is so oppressive as a secret: women find it difficult to keep one long; and I know a goodly number of men who are women in this regard.
    • Jean de La Fontaine, Fables, VIII. 6.
  • How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves.
    • François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims. No. 90.
  • Vitæ poscænia celant.
    • Men conceal the past scenes of their lives.
    • Lucretius, Re Rerum Natura, IV, 1,182.
  • Nothing is secret which shall not be made manifest.
    • Luke, VIII. 17.
  • I have play’d the fool, the gross fool, to believe
    The bosom of a friend will hold a secret
    Mine own could not contain.

    • Philip Massinger, Unnatural Combat, Act V, scene 2.
  • Wer den kleinsten Theil eines Geheimnisses hingibt, hat den andern nicht mehr in der Gewalt.
    • He who gives up the smallest part of a secret has the rest no longer in his power.
    • Jean Paul Richter, Titon, Zykel 123.
  • Tell it not in Gath; publish it not in the streets of Askelon.
    • I Samuel. I. 20.
  • Alium silere quod voles, primus sile.
    • If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it yourself.
    • Seneca the Younger, Hippolytus, 876. Also St. Martin of Braga.
  • Latere semper patere, quod latuit diu.
    • Leave in concealment what has long been concealed.
    • Seneca the Younger, Œdipus, 826.
  • Under the rose, since here are none but friends,
    (To own the truth) we have some private ends.

    • Jonathan Swift, Epilogue to a Benefit Play for the Distressed Weavers.
  • Miserum est tacere cogi, quod cupias loqui.
    • You are in a pitiable condition when you have to conceal what you wish to tell.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • Let your left hand turn away what your right hand attracts.
    • TalmudSota, 47.

Confidentiality is an ethical principle associated with several professions (e.g., medicine, law, religion) in which professionals do not share the secrets entrusted to them by clients, patients or parishioners.

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  • CONFIDANT, CONFIDANTE, n. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B, confided by him to C.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic’s Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil’s Dictionary (1911).
  • Whatever, in connection with my professional service, or not in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.
    • Hippocratic Oath.
  • Let those who are friendly to you be many,
    but one in a thousand your confidant.

    • Sirach 6:6, (New American Bible Revised Edition).

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