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It was funny how I could feel all alone and under surveillance at the same time.

—Cory Doctorow, 2013

Nothing is hidden from the eyes of the observing world.

—Aleksandr Pushkin, 1837

Spies are of no use nowadays. Their profession is over. The newspapers do their work instead.

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

We must not always talk in the marketplace of what happens to us in the forest.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

Even a paranoid can have enemies.

—Henry Kissinger, 1977

If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation.

—William Hazlitt, 1823

To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

Secrets are rarely betrayed or discovered according to any program our fear has sketched out.

—George Eliot, 1860

I will never again command an army in America if we must carry along paid spies. I will banish myself to some foreign country first.

—William Tecumseh Sherman, 1863

The life of spies is to know, not be known.

—George Herbert, c. 1621

The first duty of a good inquisitor is to suspect especially those who seem sincere to him.

—Umberto Eco, 1980

If you read somebody’s diary, you get what you deserve.

—David Sedaris, 2004

For sooner will men hold fire in their mouths than keep a secret.

—Petronius, c. 60