„It is wonderful how well men can keep secrets they have not been told.“

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Winston S. Churchill602
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

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„How can we expect others to keep our secrets if we cannot keep them ourselves?“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld French author of maxims and memoirs 1613 - 1680

Comment prétendons-nous qu'un autre puisse garder notre secret, si nous ne pouvons le garder nous-mêmes?
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„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.“

—  E. W. Howe Novelist, magazine and newspaper editor 1853 - 1937

Country Town Sayings (1911), p9.

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„The secret of liberty is to enlighten men, as that of tyranny is to keep them in ignorance.“

—  Maximilien Robespierre French revolutionary lawyer and politician 1758 - 1794

As quoted in Human Rights and Freedoms in the USSR (1981) by Fedor Eliseevich Medvedev and Gennadiĭ Ivanovich Kulikov, p. 221
Original: Le secret de la liberté est d'éclairer les hommes, comme celui de la tyrannie est de les retenir dans l'ignorance
Variant: The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
Source: Public statement (November 1792), quoted in Oeuvres de Maximilien Robespierre (1840), Volume 2, p. 253 http://books.google.com/books?id=iSMVAAAAQAAJ

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„One person can keep a secret, but not two.“

—  Ernest Cline, book Ready Player One

Source: Ready Player One

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„two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.“

—  Alyson Nöel writer 1965

Source: Night Star

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„Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead“

—  Stephen King, book Under the Dome

Source: Under the Dome

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„I never brag, how real I keep it, cause it's the best secret.“

—  Nas American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur 1973

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„Secrets and sharing soda,
That's how our time began.
Love is a story told to a friend
It's second hand.“

—  Joni Mitchell Canadian musician 1943


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„Only two can keep a secret if one of them is dead.“

—  Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars

Source: Pretty Little Liars

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„Can you keep secrets? Can you know a thing and never say it again?“

—  Dan Brown, book The Da Vinci Code

Source: The Da Vinci Code

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