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NapoleonNothing is so contrary to military rules as to make the strength of your army known, either in the orders of the day, in proclamations, or in the newspapers.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

George Bernard ShawNothing is more dreadful than a husband who keeps telling you everything he thinks, and always wants to know what you think.

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

Baruch SpinozaWhat Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.

—  Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch philosopher

Ambrose BierceRevelation, n. A famous book in which St. John the Divine concealed all that he knew. The revealing is done by the commentators, who know nothing.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Oscar WildeOne should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Blaise PascalI lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.

—  Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662, French thinker

Antonio PorchiaThe shadows: some hide, others reveal.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

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

Karl JungWe may think that we fully control ourselves. However, a friend can easily reveal something about us that we have absolutely no idea about.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist


Ancient Greek

MenanderTime leads truth toward the light.

Άγει δε προς φως την αλήθειαν χρόνος.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

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Proverbs

English proverbThe husband is always the last to know.

—  English proverb

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International proverbWalls have ears.

—  International proverb










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