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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Secret
 
A secret between two is God’s secret; a secret between three is everybody’s.  Spanish.  1
A secret fire is discovered by the smoke.  Catalan.  2
A secret imparted is no longer a secret.  Italian.  3
A secret is seldom safe in more than one breast.  Swift.  4
A secret once told is no secret at all.  Searle.  5
A man with whom the secrets of a lady are not safe, must be the most contemptible of mortals.  Fielding.  6
Bestow on me what you will so it be none of your secrets.  7
Conceal not your secret from your friend or you deserve to lose him.  Portuguese.  8
Confide a secret to a dumb man and it will make him speak.  Livonian.  9
Do not disclose your secret to your wife nor trust your enemy at any time.  Tamil.  10
Do not speak of secret matters in a field that is full of little hills.  Hebrew.  11
Do not tell your secrets behind a wall or a hedge.  Spanish.  12
He has let the cat out of the bag; i.e., exposed the secret.  13
He who keeps his own secret avoids much mischief.  Spanish.  14
He who revealeth his secret makes himself a slave.  15
He who telleth his own secret will hardly keep another’s.  Italian, Spanish.  16
If my shirt knew my design I’d burn it.  17
If you want to know secrets seek for them in trouble or in pleasure.  Spanish.  18
If you would teach secrecy to others begin with yourself.  19
It is wise not to seek a secret and honest not to reveal it.  20
No man is required to tell his own secrets.  Dr. Johnson.  21
No secrets but between two.  22
Nothing is so burdensome as a secret.  French.  23
Oil and water, woman and a secret, are hostile properties.  Bulwer.  24
Secrets travel fast in Paris.  Napoleon.  25
Tell your secret to your servant and you make him your master.  26
The bosoms of the wise are the tombs of secrets.  Oriental.  27
The only way to keep a secret is to say nothing.  French.  28
The secret of two is God’s secret; the secret of three is everybody’s secret.  French.  29
There is no secret time will not reveal.  30
There is nothing so secret but it transpires.  Dutch.  31
Three are too many to keep a secret, and two too few to be merry.  32
Three know it, all know it.  Italian.  33
Thy secret is thy prisoner; if thou let it go, thou art a prisoner to it.  34
To a woman and a magpie tell your secrets in the market-place.  Spanish.  35
To him that you tell your secret you resign your liberty.  36
To tell our secrets is often folly; to communicate those of others is treachery.  Rambler.  37
Unless you wish your enemy to know your secret tell it not to your friend.  Turkish.  38
Where you tell your secret you surrender your freedom.  Portuguese.  39
Would you know secrets search for them in grief or pleasure.  40
Your secret is your property.  Rothschild.  41
 
 
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