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Women and young men are very apt to tell what secrets they know from the vanity of having been intrusted. (Quote by - Philip Dormer Stanhope)

Anxiety concerning public safety should not become a canard for creating an exemption. To require the public to obtain information on a piecemeal basis does nothing to promote the legislative concerns that have been mandated to our Freedom of Information statute. Open government is not promoted when the public is required to sift through the voluminous documents in various departments and a municipality can counter this by pushbutton automation. (Quote by - Stephen Whitaker)

I vow and protest there's more plague than pleasure with a secret. (Quote by - George Colman)

There was a lot of secrecy around it. They tried to cover it up. (Quote by - Louis Goseland)

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. (Quote by - John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

The sinner will not confess, nor will the priest receive his confession, if the veil of secrecy is removed. (Quote by - De Witt Clinton)

Far too often when citizens seek records from our government, they are met with long delays, denials and difficulty. Federal agencies can routinely and repeatedly deny requests for information with near impunity. Making the situation worse, requesters have few alternatives to lawsuits to appeal an agency's decision. (Quote by - Sen. John Cornyn)

An uninformed public can do no good. Only with information can we contribute and improve the way we live. Ignorance really is not bliss. The more secrecy we have within our government, the less accountability. (Quote by - Robert Freeman)

Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. (Quote by - Bible)

This is no hoax and we're not sworn to secrecy. We want earthlings to see milk with fresh eyes and recognize its benefits beyond just a calcium source. (Quote by - Steve James)

It's my father's legacy. The government has always, and continues to this day, to abuse the secrecy stamp. My father's view was that the public is the employer of these government employees and has the right to know what they're up to. (Quote by - Kevin Anderson)

To whom you betray your secret you sell your liberty. (Quote by - Benjamin Franklin)

Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral. (Quote by - Francis Bacon)

Cruelty has a Human Heart, And jealousy a Human Face; Terror the Human Form Divine, And secrecy the Human Dress. The Human Dress is forged Iron, The Human Form a Fiery Forge, The Human Face a Furnace seal d, The Human Heart its hungry gorge. (Quote by - William Blake)

Secrets with girls, like guns with boys, are never valued till they make a noise. (Quote by - George Crabbe)

Never tell a secret to a bride or a groom; wait until they have been married longer. (Quote by - Ed Howe)

Secrecy, the secrecy system and the pseudo secrecy system in the United States have gone out of control. (Quote by - Thomas Blanton)

In the past, decommissioning as a process has been shrouded in secrecy and if we are to increase public confidence in the process then we want it to be more transparent. (Quote by - Jeffrey Donaldson)

Secrecy is the soul of all great designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing our own intentions than by discovering those of our enemy. (Quote by - Charles Caleb Colton)

We have to have court doors open to make sure they (the courts) are not involved in corrupt actions. As soon as you put asset information behind the cloak of secrecy, then no one will be able to determine that justice is being done. (Quote by - Tom Newton)

Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account -- to spend wisely, reform bad habits and do our business in the light of day. (Quote by - Barack Obama)

Let your left hand turn away what your right hands attracts. (Quote by - The Talmud)

Countries have no justification for secrecy. (Quote by - Rashad Kaldany)

Children love secret club houses. They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy. (Quote by - Donna Tartt)

The rules that I shall propose concerning secrecy, and from which I think it not safe to deviate without long and exact deliberation, are, never to solicit the knowledge of a secret,--not willingly, nor without many limitations, to accept such confidence when it is offered; when a secret is once admitted, to consider the trust as of a very high nature, important as society and sacred as truth, and therefore not to be violated for any incidental convenience, or slight appearance of contrary fitness. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)


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