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There is a sickness among tyrants: they cannot trust their friends.

—Aeschylus, c. 458 BC

Secrecy lies at the very core of power.

—Elias Canetti, 1960

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

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

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

—Cory Doctorow, 2013

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1891

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

—Umberto Eco, 1980

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

—George Eliot, 1860

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1735

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

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

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

—William Hazlitt, 1823

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

—George Herbert, c. 1621

A regime which combines perpetual surveillance with total indulgence is hardly conducive to healthy development.

—P.D. James, 1992

Even a paranoid can have enemies.

—Henry Kissinger, 1977