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Mignon McLaughlinThe total history of almost anyone would shock almost everyone.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

George Bernard ShawThere are no secrets better kept than the secrets everybody guesses.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Samuel JohnsonTo keep your secret is wisdom, but to expect others to keep it is folly.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

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

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Jean-Paul SartreAh! Do not judge the gods, young man, they have painful secrets.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Charles Caleb ColtonThe mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Albert CamusA man is more a man through the things he keeps to himself than through those he says.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Stanislaw Jerzy LecAn empty envelope that is sealed contains a secret.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

La RochefoucauldHow can we expect others to keep our secrets if we cannot keep them ourselves?

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Khalil GibranIf you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher


Quotes in Verse

Robert FrostWe dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet


Funny Quotes

Henry YoungmanThe secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.

—  Henry Youngman, 1906-1998, American comedian

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Ronald ReaganThere are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]


Proverbs

Chinese proverbIf you don't want anyone to know, don't do it.

—  Chinese proverb

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