Secrecy is the linchpin of abuse of power, . . . its enabling force. Transparency is the only real antidote.— Glenn Greenwald
Simplistic Secrecy quotations
In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.
There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.
Secrecy was the problem; transparency the obvious cure.
Secrecy in science does not work. Withholding information does more damage to us than to our competitors.
While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive.
What do you know about me, given that I believe in secrecy? .
.. If I stick where I am, if I don't travel around, like anyone else I make my inner journeys that I can only measure by my emotions, and express very obliquely and circuitously in what I write. ... Arguments from one's own privileged experience are bad and reactionary arguments.
Privacy is something that we maintain for the good of ourselves and others.
Secrecy we keep to separate ourselves from others, even those we love.
The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society;
and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
Friendship, love, and piety ought to be handled with a sort of mysterious secrecy; they ought to be spoken of only in the rare moments of perfect confidence, to be mutually understood in silence. Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.
But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.
The world little knows how many of the thoughts and theories which have passed through the mind of a scientific investigator, have been crushed in silence and secrecy by his own severe criticism and adverse examination!
For the Order wishes to be secret and to work in silence;
for thus it is better secured from the oppression of the ruling powers, and because this secrecy gives a greater zest to the whole.
Until we have a better relationship between private performance and the public truth, as was demonstrated with Watergate, we as the public are absolutely right to remain suspicious, contemptuous even, of the secrecy and the misinformation which is the digest of our news.
Nothing is so oppressive as a secret: women find it difficult to keep one long;
and I know a goodly number of men who are women in this regard.
O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands.
It is hard to imagine having a government more secretive than the United States.
Virtually everything that government does, of any significance, is conducted behind an extreme wall of secrecy. The very few leaks that we’ve had over the last decade are basically the only ways that we’ve had to learn what our government is doing.
Government ought to be all outside and no inside.
. . . Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.
If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment.
Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy.
Hard and exact facts will cool it.
O divine art of subtlety and secrecy!
The wise man tells not what he knows.
It is not prudent to sport with one's head by revealing the king's secrets.
If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it to yourself.
Secrecy is the original sin. The fig leaf in the Garden of Eden. The basic crime against love.
Anyone who studies declassified documents soon becomes aware that government secrecy is largely an effort to protect policy makers from scrutiny by citizens, not to protect the country from enemies.
If I were to disclose all their rituals, I think that it would be easy to prove that witches are not diabolists; but the oaths are solemn and the witches are my friends. I would not want to hurt their feelings. They have secrets which to them are sacred. They have good reason for their secrecy.
Cross Creek belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and the seasons, to the cosmic secrecy of seed, and beyond all, to time.
The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
What thou seest, speak of with caution.
The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected.
If menopause is the silent passage, 'male menopause' is the unspeakable passage.
It is fraught with secrecy, shame, and denial. It is much more fundamental than the ending of the fertile period of a woman's life, because it strikes at the core of what it is to be a man.
She had a passion for secrecy, but she herself was merely a Sphinx without a secret.
We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption.
We know that in secrecy error, undetected, will flourish and subvert.
What thou intendest to do, speak not of before thou doest it.
In all secrets there is a kind of guilt, however beautiful or joyful they may be, or for what good end they may be set to serve. Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the moral mind.