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Quotes

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

—Cory Doctorow, 2013

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

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

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

—P.D. James, 1992

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

—Arthur Conan Doyle, 1891

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

—Oscar Wilde, 1895

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

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

—Benjamin Franklin, 1735

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

—William Hazlitt, 1823

Even a paranoid can have enemies.

—Henry Kissinger, 1977

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

—George Eliot, 1860

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

—George Herbert, c. 1621

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

—Aeschylus, c. 458 BC