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secrets Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about secrets
  1. #1
    “Now you’re looking for the secret... but you wont find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.”
  2. #2
    “The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret... but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know.”
  3. #3
    “He had come here with the intention of embarrassing a snide assassin, and had instead found a young woman pouring her secrets into a pianoforte.”
  4. #4
    “A man who tells secrets or stories must think of who is hearing or reading, for a story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure. Some pick out parts and reject the rest, some strain the story through their mesh of prejudice, some paint it with their own delight. ”
  5. #5
    “I’ve always wanted her hair, though I’d never tell her that. Where hers is like fire, my hair is what we call river brown. Dark at the root, pale at the ends, as the color leeches from our hair with the stress of Stilts life. Most keep their hair short to hide their gray ends but I don’t. I like the reminder that even my hair knows life shouldn’t be this way.”
  6. #6
    “I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.”
  7. #7
    “Tell your secret to the wind, but don’t blame it for telling the trees.”
  8. #8
    “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    secrets
  9. #9
    “Actually that’s my secret — I can’t even talk about you to anybody because I don’t want any more people to know how wonderful you are.”
  10. #10
    “His Grace has been a secret since he was a child, Kat. His mother knew he’d only be used as a tool, if the truth came out.”
  11. #11
    “I’m sure I was a huge disappointment. I’m not pretty or smart or athletic. I’m just like them - an ordinary drone dressed in secrets and lies.”
  12. #12
    ″‘Maybe I should have offered some of my secret candy instead,’ Mrs. White sighed in a quiet tone, as if talking to herself.
    ‘Secret candy?’ Nate asked, instantly intrigued.
    ‘My goodness,’ Mrs. White said. ‘Forget I mentioned it. I never bring up my secret candy on a first meeting. Which will it be, eggnog or brownie?‘”
  1. #13
    “I did not know that he had put into my hands the secret that would open far darker rooms than this- places where there was not, on a human level, anything to love at all.”
  2. #14
    “I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and all the secrets have gone gasping into the world. I will love you until all the codes and hearts have been broken and until every anagram and egg has been unscrambled.”
  3. #15
    “I’ll never tell about it,” he answered. “But I says to mother, ‘Mother,’ I says, ‘I got a secret to keep. It’s not a bad ‘un, tha’ knows that. It’s no worse than hidin’ where a bird’s nest is. Tha’ doesn’t mind it, does tha’?‘”
    Mary always wanted to hear about mother.
    “What did she say?” she asked, not at all afraid to hear.
    Dickon grinned sweet-temperedly.
    “It was just like her, what she said,” he answered. “She give my head a bit of a rub an’ laughed an’ she says, ‘Eh, lad, tha’ can have all th’ secrets tha’ likes. I’ve knowed thee twelve year’.‘”
  4. #16
    “Isn’t it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!”
  5. #17
    “Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever.”
  6. #18
    “I often don’t say this out loud, even when I should. I contain and compartmentalize to a disturbing degree: In my belly-basement are hundreds of bottles of rage, despair, fear, but you’d never guess from looking at me.”
  7. #19
    “The marsh did not confine them but defined them and, like any sacred ground, kept their secrets deep.”
  8. #20
    “Sand keeps secrets better than mud.”
  9. #21
    “Families are as sick as their secrets. The secrets are what they are ashamed of. Family secrets can go back for generations. They can be about suicides, homicides, incest, abortions, addictions, public loss of face, financial
    disaster, etc. All the secrets get acted out. This is the power of toxic shame.”
  10. #22
    “I know sometimes you think you are moving through this world alone, unseen, unnoticed. But don’t believe that for a second. I have made a study of you. I know what you are going to do before you do it. I know where you’ve been and I know where you’re going. For this anniversary, I’ve arranged a trip: Follow your beloved river, up up up!”
  11. #23
    “You love most of all those who need you
    as they need a crowbar or a hoe.
    You have not grown old, and it is not too late
    To dive into your increasing depths
    where life calmly gives out its own secret.”
  12. #24
    “And every night, about midnight, I turned the latch of his door and opened it – oh so gently!”

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  1. #25
    “It feels strange not to talk to my mom about something, someone, who’s becoming so important to me. My mom and I are drifting apart, but not because we’re spending less time together. And not because Olly’s replacing her. We’re drifting apart because for the first time in my life, I have a secret to keep.”
  2. #26
    “This hour I tell things in confidence,
    I might not tell everybody, but I will tell you.”
  3. #27
    “The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another.”
  4. #28
    “Here is the secret of Jesus’ life and work for God: He prayerfully waited for His Father’s instructions and for the strength to follow them. Jesus had no divinely-drawn blueprint; He discerned the Father’s will day by day in a life of prayer.”
  5. #29
    “When you are next to the earth, you can hear her secrets.”
  6. #30
    “Only Rahel noticed Sophie Mol’s secret cartwheel in her coffin.”
  7. #31
    “But there was a Germany the boys could not see, a Germany that was hidden from them, either by design or by time. It wasn’t just that the signs - ‘Für Juden verboten,’ ‘Juden sind hier unerwünscht’ - had been removed, or that the Gypsies had been rounded up and taken away, or that the vicious Stürmer newspaper had been withdrawn from the racks in the tobacco shops in Kopenick. There were larger, darker, more enveloping secrets all around them.”
  8. #32
    “When the critical moment in a close race was upon you, you had to know something he did not - that down in your core you still had something in reserve, something you had not yet shown, something that once revealed would make him doubt himself, make him falter just when it counted the most. Like so much in life, crew was partly about confidence, partly about knowing your own heart.”
  9. #33
    “Terabithia was their secret, which was a good thing, for how could Jess have ever explained it to an outsider? Just walking down the hill toward the woods made something warm and liquid steal through his body.”
  10. #34
    “Then he grunts, ‘I will call you by Whisper-Ma-Phone, for the secrets I tell are for your ears alone.‘”
    author
    Dr. Seuss
    book
    The Lorax
    concept
    secrets
  11. #35
    “In my arms is a woman who has given me a Skywatcher’s Cloud Chart, a woman who knows all my secrets, a woman who knows just how messed up my mind is, how many pills I’m on, and yet she allows me to hold her anyway. ”
  12. #36
    “He’ll tell you, perhaps . . . if you’re willing to pay.”
  1. #37
    ″ Franny literally jumped ... ‘What book?’ she said. ‘This, you mean?’
  2. #38
    “We won’t die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come. Bye now. You are fabulous creatures, each and every one. And I bless you: More Life. The Great Work Begins.”
  3. #39
    “Thus, neither having the clue to the other’s secret, they were respectively puzzled at what each revealed, and awaited new knowledge of each other’s character and moods without attempting to pry into each other’s history.”
  4. #41
    “I like geography best, he said, because your mountains & rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries.”
  5. #42
    “What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start?”
    “The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day, I know this is the secret.”
  6. #43
    How could she imagine that a man who could love with so much intensity as Percy Blakeney had loved her from the first—how could such a man be the brainless idiot he chose to appear? She, at least, ought to have known that he was wearing a mask, and having found that out, she should have torn it from his face, whenever they were alone together.
  7. #44
    “Prepare a crossing party,” snapped Horyse. “A single person to cross. Miss Abhorsen, here. And Sergeant, if you or Private Rahise so much as talk in your sleep about what you may have heard here, then you’ll be on gravedigging fatigues for the rest of your lives!”
  8. #45
    “I see thou wilt not trust the air
    With secrets.”
  9. #46
    What the deuce does the fellow mean by getting trap-doors made without first consulting you? Trap-doors!
  10. #47
    ″‘Not this way, master!’ he pleaded. ‘There is another way. O yes indeed there is. Another way, darker, more difficult to find, more secret. But Sméagol knows it. Let Sméagol show you!‘”
  11. #48
    “The king, however, had a lion which was a wondrous animal, for he knew all concealed and secret things.”

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  1. #49
    “I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.”
  2. #50
    “Doreen had intuition. Everything she said was like a secret voice speaking straight out of my own bones.”
  3. #51
    “What of a love unspoken
    no one ever knows
    But this is a love that lasts
    and in secrecy it grows”
  4. #52
    “The secret of a better and more successful life is to cast out those old, dead, unhealthy thoughts. Substitute for them new vital, dynamic faith thoughts. You can depend upon it—an inflow of new thought will remake you and your life.”
  5. #53
    ″ This was that cult, and the prisoners said it had always existed and always would exist, hidden in distant wastes and dark places all over the world until the time when the great priest Cthulhu, from his dark house in the mighty city of R’lyeh under the waters, should rise and bring the earth again beneath his sway.”
  6. #54
    There are things that have to be done and you do them and you never talk about them. You don’t try to justify them. They can’t be justified. You just do them. Then you forget it.
    author
    Mario Puzo
    book
    Godfather
    character
    Tom Hagen
    concepts
    secretscrime
  7. #55
    Never let anyone know what you are thinking.
  8. #56
    “They worshipped, so they said, the Great Old Ones who lived ages before there were any men, and who came to the young world out of the sky. Those Old Ones were gone now, inside the earth and under the sea; but their dead bodies had told their secrets in dreams to the first men, who formed a cult which had never died. ”
  9. #57
    “The light was too bad now for Shasta to see much of the cat except that it was very big and very solemn. It looked as if it might have lived for long, long years among the Tombs, alone. It’s eyes made you think it knew secrets it would not tell.”
  10. #58
    “Secrets tear you apart.”
  11. #59
    ″‘Don’t you talk to me that way,’ he says. ‘Don’t you question me. You don’t know anything about my life’.”
  12. #60
    “I saw the old woman who had delivered me from my mother’s womb. I knew she held the secret of my destiny.”
  1. #61
    “Even if you are perfect, the world isn’t. The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”
  2. #62
    “Say it again, angel. I beg of you.”
  3. #63
    “For if a room that exists under the governance, authority, and intent of others seems smaller than it is, then a room that exists in secret can, regardless of its dimensions, seem as vast as one cares to imagine.”
  4. #64
    ″So who were you? I saw your height and your hair, but I couldn’t see your face clearly enough.
    Still, you gave yourself up, Tyler.
    And for some reason, telling me you were nowhere made your eyes twitch and your forehead break into a sweat.”
  5. #65
    “The man who believes that the secrets of the world are forever hidden lives in mystery and fear. Superstition will drag him down.”
  6. #66
    “All of us have secrets in our lives. We’re keepers or keptfrom, players or played. Secrets and cockroaches — that’s what will be left at the end of it all.”
  7. #67
    “Now you’re looking for the secret, but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled.”
  8. #68
    “What happened down in the dungeons between you and Professor Quirrell is a complete secret, so, naturally the whole school knows.”
  9. #69
    “‘Have I gone mad?’ ‘I am afraid so, you are entirely bonkers. but I will tell you a secret… all the best people are.‘”
  10. #70
    “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”
  11. #71
    “When someone refuses to tell me a certain piece of information, it only makes me that much more determined to find out the truth. I hate being ignorant. For me, a question unanswered is like a thorn in my side that pains me every time I move until I can pluck it out.”
  12. #72
    It is the easiest thing in the world for a man to look as if he had a great secret in him.
  1. #73
    “There’s always another secret.”
  2. #74
    “Mary Poppins never told anybody anything. . . .”
  3. #75
    “But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”
  4. #76
    “The greatest secret for eliminating the inferiority complex, which is another term for deep and profound self-doubt, is to fill your mind to overflowing with faith. Develop a tremendous faith in God and that will give you a humble yet soundly realistic faith in yourself.”
  5. #77
    “At the great judgment day, whispered the minister—and, strangely enough, the sense that he was a professional teacher of truth impelled him to answer the child so. Then, and there, before the judgment seat, thy mother, and thou, and I, must stand together. But the daylight of this world shall not see our meeting!”
  6. #78
    “for you will always gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most love.”
  7. #79
    “Why would you want to mail out a bunch of tapes blaming you in a suicide? You wouldn’t. But Hannah wants us, those of us on the list, to hear what she has to say. And we’ll do what she says if only to keep them away from the people not on the list.”
  8. #80
    “If you do something nice for somebody in secret, anonymously, without letting the person you did it for know it was you or anybody else know what it was you did or in any way or form trying to get credit for it, it’s always its own form of intoxicating buzz.”
  9. #81
    “American experience seems to suggest that people are virtually unlimited in their need to give themselves away, on various levels. Some just prefer to do it in secret.”
  10. #82
    “Presently he said, frowning more than ever, ‘So you were a real princess all the time. Amy, you are a little fibber! And for two pins,” said Peregrine, “I’d give you a good hard spanking!’
    The Ordinary Princess stopped looking ashamed of herself and giggled instead.
    ‘You can’t spank a Royal Highness,’ she said.”
  11. #83
    “Peregrine put out a hand and caught the hem of her skirt. Since it is almost impossible to continue walking up a staircase in a stately manner while someone is holding onto your dress, the Ordinary Princess stopped and said very haughtily indeed,
    ‘Will Your Majesty be so good as to release me.’
    ‘Don’t show off!’ said Peregrine. ‘I can talk just like that too, if I want to. And I was going to tell you. I really was. That’s what I waited for. Only of course that flatfooted fathead of a Court Chamberlain had to go and spoil it all.’
    ‘So you were a real prince—I mean king—all the time,’ said the Ordinary Princess.”
  12. #84
    “Death is a mystery, and burial is a secret.”
  1. #85
    “And there were so many boats. Isabel’s family had worked in secret all night with the Castillos, worried someone might hear them, but apparently, everybody else had been doing the same thing. There were inflatable rafts, Canoes with homemade outriggers. Rafts made of inner tubes tied together.”
  2. #86
    “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.”
  3. #87
    ″ A man that can’t answer your questions when you ask, without getting defensive, is often a man who is keeping more than just the answer from you.”
  4. #88
    “Aim at secret wishes that have been thwarted or repressed, stirring up uncontrollable emotions, clouding their powers of reason. Lead the seduced to a point of confusion in which they can no longer tell the difference between illusion and reality.”
  5. #89
    “You have long known the secrets of my heart.”
  6. #90
    “The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender.”
  7. #91
    “This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.”
  8. #92
    “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
  9. #93
    “We shy away from it with an odd kind of revulsion, but we protect it.”
  10. #94
    “And that was when I realized that somewhere in the last twenty-four hours a decision had been made: This was a secret. A secret with a capital S. A secret that we, as a family, would attempt to keep out of circulation for as long as we could.”
  11. #95
    “Giving with strings of secret expectations attached is the greatest invitation to heartbreak.”
  12. #96
    “He smiles a lot. But I think there might be worms inside him making him smile.”
  13. #97
    “The traditional gender ideals of the strong-silent man who plays his cards close to his chest and the mysterious woman who disguises her feelings with coyness go so far as to make a virtue of being unavailable and secretive.”
  14. #98
    “There are things that I canna tell you, at least not yet. And I’ll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye—when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I’ll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save—respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?”
  15. #99
    “In fact, of course, there is no secret knowledge; no one knows anything that can’t be found on a shelf in the public library. But I didn’t know that then”
  16. #100
    “Hell’s Bells ringing, my secret music...”
  17. #101
    “I never lie,” I said offhand. “At least not to those I don’t love.”
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