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Guard more faithfully the secret which is confided to you than the money which is entrusted to your care.

—Isocrates, c. 370 BC

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

—Umberto Eco, 1980

Once suspicion is aroused, everything feeds it.

—Amelia Edith Barr, 1885

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1891

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

—George Eliot, 1860

Even a paranoid can have enemies.

—Henry Kissinger, 1977

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

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1735

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

—George Herbert, c. 1621

Secrecy lies at the very core of power.

—Elias Canetti, 1960

Secrets define us, they mark us, they set us apart from all the others. The secrets which we preserve provide a key to who we are, deep down.

—Nuruddin Farah, 1998

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

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895