There will be but few people who, when at a loss for topics of conversation, will not reveal the more secret affairs of their friends.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, pp. 245-246, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Human, All-Too- Human, p. 178, trans. by Marion Faber and Stephen Lehmann, Lincoln, Nebraska, University of Nebraska Press (1984). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 327, "A Friend's Secret," (1878).)
Every nation ... whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, p. 381, ed. Clinton Rossiter, New York (1961). The Federalist, No. 62 (February 27, 1788).)
One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man's privacy.
(Mary Pickford (1893-1979), U.S. actor. Sunshine and Shadow, ch. 22 (1955).
On the publicity that surrounded her break from her second husband, actor Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939). He had become quite publicly involved with another woman.)
It was like stepping into a negative rather than a photograph. I was overcome by the sudden realization of the scale of the loss.
(Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish lesbian author; born in Poland. "Secular Jewish Identity," 1986. Dreams of an Insomniac, part 4 (1990).
On visiting Poland with her mother in 1983, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, in which her father, a Jewish rights activist, was killed. The rest of the two women's family also died in Poland during the Holocaust.)