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Secrecy is thus, so to speak, a transition stadium
by Georg Simmel

Secrecy is thus, so to speak, a transition stadium
between being and not-being.
- Georg Simmel

Man's nature, originally good and common to all,
should develop unhampered.
- Georg Simmel

For, to be a stranger is naturally a very positive relation;
it is a specific form of interaction.
- Georg Simmel

Every superior personality, and every superior performance,
has, for the average of mankind, something mysterious.
- Georg Simmel

 

Modern culture is constantly growing more objective.
Its tissues grow more and more out of impersonal energies,
and absorb less and less the subjective entirety of the individual.
- Georg Simmel

Every relationship between two individuals or two groups
will be characterized by the ratio of secrecy that is involved in it.
- Georg Simmel

The first internal relation that is essential to a
secret society is the reciprocal confidence of its members.
- Georg Simmel

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For the metropolis presents the peculiar conditions
which are revealed to us as the opportunities and the
stimuli for the development of both these ways of allocating roles to men.
- Georg Simmel

Secrecy involves a tension which, at the moment of revelation,
finds its release.
- Georg Simmel

In the latter case life rests upon a thousand presuppositions
which the individual can never trace back to their origins,
and verify; but which he must accept upon faith and belief.
- Georg Simmel

The metropolis has always been the seat of the money economy.
- Georg Simmel

Cities are, first of all, seats of the highest economic division of labor.
- Georg Simmel

The metropolis reveals itself as one of those great
historical formations in which opposing streams which enclose life unfold,
as well as join one another with equal right.
- Georg Simmel

Thus, the technique of metropolitan life is unimaginable
without the most punctual integration of all activities
and mutual relations into a stable and impersonal time schedule.
- Georg Simmel

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice
with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
- Georg Simmel

Secrecy sets barriers between men, but at the same
time offers the seductive temptation to break through
the barriers by gossip or confession.
- Georg Simmel

The earliest phase of social formations found in historical
as well as in contemporary social structures is this:
a relatively small circle firmly closed against neighboring,
strange, or in some way antagonistic circles.
- Georg Simmel

The intellectually sophisticated person is indifferent
to all genuine individuality,
because relationships and reactions result from it
which cannot be exhausted with logical operations.
- Georg Simmel

On the one hand, life is made infinitely easy for the
personality in that stimulations,
interests, uses of time and consciousness are offered to it from all sides.
They carry the person as if in a stream,
and one needs hardly to swim for oneself.
- Georg Simmel

The deepest problems of modern life derive from the
claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and
individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces,
of historical heritage, of external culture,
and of the technique of life.
- Georg Simmel

The psychological basis of the metropolitan type of
individuality consists in the intensification of nervous
stimulation which results from the swift and uninterrupted
change of outer and inner stimuli.
- Georg Simmel

For this reason, strangers are not really conceived as individuals,
but as strangers of a particular type:
the element of distance is no less general in regard
to them than the element of nearness.
- Georg Simmel

In order to accommodate to change and to the contrast of phenomena,
the intellect does not require any shocks and inner upheavals;
it is only through such upheavals that the more conservative
mind could accommodate to the metropolitan rhythm of events.
- Georg Simmel

For the division of labor demands from the individual
an ever more one-sided accomplishment,
and the greatest advance in a one-sided pursuit only
too frequently means dearth to the personality of the individual.
- Georg Simmel

The individual has become a mere cog in an enormous
organization of things and powers which tear from his hands all progress,
spirituality, and value in order to transform them
from their subjective form into the form of a purely objective life.
- Georg Simmel

Every relationship between persons causes a picture
of each to take form in the mind of the other,
and this picture evidently is in reciprocal relationship
with that personal relationship.
- Georg Simmel

The better the information it has, the better democracy works.
Silence and secrecy are never good for it.
- Kate Adie

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

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
- Jeremy Taylor

A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame.
- Jane Pauley

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy,
ought never to be the system of a regular government.
- Jeremy Bentham

While all deception requires secrecy,
all secrecy is not meant to deceive.
- Sissela Bok

The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.
- Niels Bohr

Life within the Kremlin was shrouded in impenetrable secrecy.
- Harrison Salisbury

Secrecy is the element of all goodness;
even virtue,
even beauty is mysterious.
- Thomas Carlyle

I like to write in a shroud of secrecy because I have
to keep finding ways to scare myself.
- M. Night Shyamalan

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery,
suspicion and secrecy.
Hard and exact facts will cool it.
- Elia Kazan

The sinner will not confess, nor will the priest receive his confession,
if the veil of secrecy is removed.
- DeWitt Clinton

Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency, but don't let anyone know it.
- Ric Ocasek

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.
- Harry Houdini

Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state.
- Cardinal Richelieu

Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction.
- Edward Teller

The higher the classification of secrecy,
the quicker you will report it.
- George P. Shultz

Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of.
- Bill Moyers

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

There are many hands touching ballots after a voter
drops his ballot into the ballot box.
There is no guarantee of ballot secrecy for anyone,
which makes the whole system vulnerable to intimidation and bribery.
- Bob Schaffer

We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy.
From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction.
We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes.
We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect.
- Sissela Bok

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.
- Gilbert Parker

So far as I know, there were no pains taken to preserve secrecy on this subject;
that is,
I saw no attempt made to keep any of the inmates of
the Convent in ignorance of the murder of children.
- Maria Monk

They work in secrecy.
I can't get any information.
You can't find out anything until they get out to the floor.
And it's hard to lick em at that stage.
They're a closed corporation.
When they stick together, you can't lick em on the floor.
- John William McCormack

At that time we were very definitely told that under
no circumstances should there be any secret chapters
or any other secrecy in the life of the Party,
but that everything should be done publicly.
- Fritz Sauckel

I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card.
This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about.
The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy
and the privacy of all individuals,
not the secrecy of government.
We don't need a national ID card.
- Ron Paul

In such a case secrecy must be absolute to be effective,
and although mere vague curiosity induced many persons
of my intimate acquaintance to ask to be allowed to
just go in and have a peep,
I never admitted anyone.
- Henry Bessemer

This persistence as private firms continued because
it ensured the maximum of anonymity and secrecy to
persons of tremendous public power who dreaded public
knowledge of their activities as an evil almost as great as inflation.
- Carroll Quigley

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

The world is incomprehensible.
We won't ever understand it;
we won't ever unravel its secrets.
Thus we must treat the world as it is:
a sheer mystery.
- Carlos Castaneda

Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another,
but let him work diligently and build one for himself,
thus by example assuring that his own
shall be safe from violence when built.
- Abraham Lincoln

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

To a very young child, mommy and daddy are gods.
We spend our lives looking to regain
that sense of being cared for and protected.
Thus religion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those who are highly evolved,
maintain an undiscriminating perception.
Seeing everything, labeling nothing,
they maintain their awareness of the Great Oneness.
Thus they are supported by it.
- Lao Tzu

Walking takes longer...
than any other known form of locomotion except crawling.
Thus it stretches time and prolongs life.
Life is already too short to waste on speed.
- Edward Abbey

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow,
for the root of all grief is attachment.
Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
- Chanakya

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything
save our modes of thinking
and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
- Albert Einstein

Genius may have its limitations,
but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
- Elbert Hubbard

If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world,
that is bad.
But if a learned person is thus attracted,
it is worse.
- Abu Bakr

Thus at the beginning of 1906 it seemed to be established
that the emitters of the spectral series of chemical
elements are their positive atomic ions.
- Johannes Stark

Thus have you the way of making Conserves,
the way of keeping of them is in Earthen pots.
- Nicholas Culpeper

I thus decided to leave the university forever and
tried to find an industrial job in the United States.
- Richard Ernst

My egotistical concern was less that I would fail to
relate to my classmates than that they would know nothing
of my uniquely tortured life's course and,
thus, me.
- John Thorn


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