Keeping things private is an art — one we should all learn to cultivate, especially in this age of reposts and retweets.

Because although sharing is essential to our own growth and mental wellbeing, sometimes you just want to keep things to yourself and not let anyone interfere.

Not everyone needs to hear about your views, relationships, goals, and private life in general. These things are special and often fragile, and not everyone will understand or appreciate them.

Privacy is power — here’s a collection of 41 quotes about keeping things private to remind you to think twice before sharing.

Keep your life private quotes

Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Once you expose your private life, if you give one little bit, the floodgates are open and everyone’s got a free range for you.

Jason Statham

The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes.

Kevin McCloud

I value my privacy and my personal life — and I certainly don’t exploit my personal life.

Scarlett Johansson

I don’t want to live in a world where there is no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.

Edward Snowden

Ideas, even million-dollar ones, are most vulnerable in their infancy; don’t share them with too many people.

Sara Blakely

The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it.

Joan Collins

In real life, I try to be honest but not overshare. There are people that turn every conversation into a therapy session and you want to start charging them.

Hugh Dancy

Keep relationships private quotes

I have no plans to go public if I get into a relationship. I will do my best to safeguard the privacy of the person I love and respect her feelings.

Song Joong-ki

The best person to talk to about the problems in your relationship is the person you’re in the relationship with.


I did learn one great lesson from a past relationship, and that was to never talk about relationships in print again because I’d rather live my private life than read about it.

Brittany Murphy

I don’t like to talk about personal things. And by keeping it private, you have a better shot at a healthy relationship.

Sandra Bullock

The best sign of a healthy relationship is no sign of it on social media.


Travel and tell no one; live a true love story and tell no one; live happily and tell no one; people ruin beautiful things.

Kahlil Gibran

A relationship should be between two people, not the whole world.


Keep your love life private and your happiness public.


Quotes about being secretive

Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care, and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.

Lou Holtz

When people ask me silly questions about my private life, I just say, I don’t discuss that.

Imogen Cunningham

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.


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

Richard Chamberlain

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

Rhonda Byrne

Our is a society in which secrets of private life that, formerly, you would have given nearly everything to conceal, you now clamor to get on a television show to reveal.

Susan Sontag

Stop sharing your dreams with people who try to hold you back, even if they’re your parents.

Kelly Cutrone

There are a lot of things that I have not shared that I will never share. I do have a personal private life.

Karrine Steffans

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


Quotes about online privacy

Just because you don’t share it on social media, doesn’t mean you’re not up to big things. Live it and stay low key. Privacy is everything.

Denzel Washington

Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for, in plain English, and repeatedly. (…) Let them know precisely what you’re going to do with their data.

Steve Jobs

I just don’t like this compulsive, instantaneous, over-information, lack-of-privacy, weirdo aspect of the world.

Drew Barrymore

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.


A passionate obsession with the outside world or the private lives of others is an attempt to compensate for a lack of meaning in one’s own life.

Eric Hoffer

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

Edward Snowden

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

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


Short keep things private quotes

Keeping your private life as private as possible is the smartest thing.

Kate Mara

My private life is the most precious thing to me.

Leona Lewis

It’s called private life for a reason — it’s mine, and it’s special and sacred.

Lili Reinhart

It is the privacy of loneliness; in privacy one may do as one chooses.

Virginia Woolf

Privacy is dead, and social media holds the smoking gun.

Pete Cashmore

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

Nicole Kidman

Private lives are more important than public reputations.

G. K. Chesterton

I believe in having a private life.

Condoleezza Rice