„The art of the parenthesis is one of the great secrets of eloquence in Society.“

—  Nicolas Chamfort, L’art de la parenthèse est un des grands secrets de l’éloquence dans la Société. Maximes et Pensées, #243 Maximes and Thoughts, #243
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„No words suffice the secret soul to show,
For truth denies all eloquence to woe.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
The Corsair (1814), Canto III, stanza 22.

„One of the best ways to keep a great secret is to shout it.“

—  Edwin H. Land American scientist and inventor 1909 - 1991
Address to Polaroid employees at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts (5 February 1960), as quoted in Insisting on the Impossible : The Life of Edwin Land (1998) by Victor K. McElheny, p. 7 Land was not the first to make such observations; in One Man in His Time (1922), p. 162, Ellen Glasgow has a character state: Half the time when he is telling the truth, it sounds like a joke, and that keeps people from believing him. He says the best way to keep a secret is to shout it from the housetops; and I've heard him say things straight out that sounded so far fetched nobody would think he was in earnest. I was the only person who knew that he was speaking the truth.

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„Being prepared to die is one of the great secrets of living.“

—  George Lincoln Rockwell American politician, founder of the American Nazi Party 1918 - 1967
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„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.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1961, Address to ANPA, Context: 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. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.

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„Translation: If the art of eloquence is the art of persuading, there is no other eloquence but that of saying the truth, only the truth, the naked truth. Words, since it is a necessity of our infirm nature to clothe thought, will be the more powerful the more they are suited to their aim, that is the more naked they will leave the truth, which resides in thought.“

—  Vincenzo Cuoco Italian historian and writer 1770 - 1823
Se l'arte dell'eloquenza è l'arte di persuadere, non vi è altra eloquenza che quella di dire sempre il vero, il solo vero, il nudo vero. Le parole, onde è necessità di nostra inferma natura di rivestire il pensiero, saranno tanto più potenti, quanto più atte al fine, cioè più nudo lasceranno il vero, che è nel pensiero. Platone in Italia

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„Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.“

—  Roger Bacon medieval philosopher and theologian 1220 - 1292
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„The A∴A∴ must rank as the most secretive secret society in the world.“

—  Robert Anton Wilson American author and polymath 1932 - 2007
Everything Is Under Control (1998), Context: The A∴A∴ must rank as the most secretive secret society in the world. Perhaps nobody, not even the few writers who have discussed it, knows for sure when the A∴A∴ began, which group claiming to be the A∴A∴ at present is the real A∴A∴, or even what the symbols A∴A∴ stand for — although many claim to know these things of course. … Occult historians generally agree that V. V. V. V. V. signified Vi Veri Vniversum Vivus Vici ("By the force of truth I have conquered the universe"), one of the eleven magic mottoes of Aleister Crowley. On conspiracy theories involving the A<big><big>∴</big></big>A<big><big>∴</big></big>, and the leader, known only by the initials V.V.V.V.V., in A<big><big>∴</big></big>A<big><big>∴</big></big>, p. 21 - 22

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