There’s the surface, then the core — our own secrets, ideas, dreams, and everything that’s part of our private life, our inner world.

And it’s inner for a reason: it’s fragile and vulnerable, so we must protect it; we cannot share those things with anyone unless we know we can fully trust them.

Over time, I have learned to keep some things to myself because at best others won’t really understand, and at worst label me and my thoughts.

Be careful who you trust

I’m no misanthropist — people are good. Very few people will actually use your information to attack you or ruin your reputation in any way.

The issue is, even those who love and value you may not necessarily be ready to hear about your ideas, plans, views, goals, etc.

Because no matter how long you’ve known someone (or how well you know them), some things can’t be shared unless there is a deep sense of connection.

And some things aren’t supposed to be shared at all; they may not be secrets, but they’re just… yours, and yours alone.

Be careful who you trust quotes

I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.


Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.


I am not going to share my private life with millions of people. I don’t find a need to do that and nobody close to me does either.

Francesca Annis

If I maintain my silence about my secret, it is my prisoner. If I let it slip from my tongue, I am its prisoner.


Secrets have power, and that power diminishes when they are shared, so they are best kept and kept well. Sharing secrets, real secrets, important ones, even with one person, will change them.

Erin Morgenstern

You may not always trust the people you love, but you can always love the people you trust.


You believe lies so you can eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.

Marilyn Monroe

Stay low key quotes

I’ve got a very behind-the-scenes personality. I don’t know how I became a performer. I like to stay discreet, out of the public eye, very low key.

Leon Redbone

In a world where everyone is overexposed, the coolest thing you can do is maintain your mystery.


Everyone is like a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain

The world doesn’t understand me, and I don’t understand the world, that’s why I’ve withdrawn from it.

Paul Cezanne

The less people know about you, the less they can say about you. Keep your private life private and there won’t be any drama.


After all, everybody has secrets, and there are some things that nobody knows about you but only you, right?

Halle Berry

Keep your dreams to yourself quotes

Repeated psychology tests have proven that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen.

Derek Sivers

Don’t tell anyone what you’re doing until it’s done. Outside energy can throw off goals.

Rhonda Byrne

Keep your success plans to yourself. Do not dissipate them, or subject them to cross-current, by giving others a chance to tear them apart.

Catherine Ponder

Many dreams die because they are shared with the wrong people.


Never tell anyone your plans — show them your results!


Work hard in silence. Let your success be the noise.

Frank Ocean

Don’t trust anyone quotes

Don’t you ever want to have just one thing that no one else knows about, so no one can ruin it for you?

Leila Sales

Nothing is secret once you tell anyone. If you want to keep it quiet, don’t tell a soul.

Richard Chamberlain

Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.

Giacomo Leopardi

He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.

Sigmund Freud

The problem with the world is that not everyone has a brain, but everyone does have a tongue.

Raheel Farooq

I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off.

Rainbow Rowell

To keep your secret is wisdom, and to expect others to keep it is folly.

Samuel Johnson

Short be careful who you trust quotes

People think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand.

Elvis Presley

In life, I’m pretty low key and quite nondescript.

Olivia Cooke

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

Bertrand Russell

Don’t trust people who tell you other people’s secrets.

Daniel Howell

What people don’t understand, they laugh at.

Geraldine McCaughrean

I like the privacy of my life and I protect it quite vigilantly.

Nicole Kidman

Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn — and most fools do.

Dale Carnegie

Privacy is power. People cannot ruin what they do not know.