„There are some occasions in which a man must tell half his secret, in order to conceal the rest; but there is seldom one in which a man should tell all. Great skill is necessary to know how far to go, and where to stop.“

15 January 1753
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)

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britischer Diplomat 1694 - 1773

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„There is great skill in knowing how to conceal one's skill.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld, buch Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims

C'est une grande habileté que de savoir cacher son habileté.
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„Where a man calls himself by a name which is not his name, he is telling a falsehood.“

—  William Brett, 1st Viscount Esher British lawyer, judge and politician 1815 - 1899

Reddaway v. Banham (1895), L. R. 2 Q. B. D. [1895], p. 293.

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„Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, buch Notes from Underground

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Kontext: Every man has some reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has others which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But finally there are still others which a man is even afraid to tell himself, and every decent man has a considerable number of such things stored away. That is, one can even say that the more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.

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„Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902

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„One ought to go too far, in order to know how far one can go.“

—  Heinrich Böll German author, novelist, and short story writer 1917 - 1985

Sie muss also zu weit gehen, um herauszufinden, wie weit sie gehen darf.
"Die Freiheit der Kunst", speech delivered at Wuppertal on September 24, 1966; cited from Cultura 21 magazine http://www.cultura21.de/magazin/denkanstosse/d20050930a.html, September 30, 2005. Translation: Walter Laqueur Germany Today: A Personal Report (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985) p. 130.

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„It is infinitely difficult to know when and where one should stop, and for all but one in thousands the goal of their thinking is the point at which they have become tired of thinking.“

—  Gotthold Ephraim Lessing writer, philosopher, publicist, and art critic 1729 - 1781

Es ist unendlich schwer, zu wissen, wenn und wo man bleiben soll, und Tausenden für einen ist das Ziel ihres Nachdenkens die Stelle, wo sie des Nachdenkens müde geworden.
Letter to Moses Mendelssohn, January 9, 1771

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„Tell only what is necessary to the person one must tell, and only when it must be told.“

—  André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967

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„We must calm the mind of the common man, and tell him to abstain from the words and even the passions which lead to insurrection.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

Quelle: A Sincere Admonition to All Christians to Guard Against Insurrection and Rebellion (1522), p. 62

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„Man's greatest concern is to know how he shall properly fill his place in the universe and correctly understand what he must be in order to be a man.“

—  Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804

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„Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for a certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?“

—  Johann Kaspar Lavater Swiss poet 1741 - 1801

As quoted in What Billingsgate Thought: A Country Gentleman's Views on Snobbery (1919) by William Alexander Newman Dorland

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