Keeping secrets is a tricky business.  Read what these public figures had to say about keeping things hidden.    

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself. – George Orwell, 1984

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

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

A secret's worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept. – Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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

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

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

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, Hyperion

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, Country Town Sayings

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

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, Driftwood

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

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

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

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

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

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

A secret is powerful when it is empty.  – Umberto Eco, The Paris Review (2008)

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

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