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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

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

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

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

—George Eliot, 1860

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

—Cory Doctorow, 2013

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

—Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850

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

—David Sedaris, 2004

Nothing is hidden from the eyes of the observing world.

—Aleksandr Pushkin, 1837
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