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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Secret (Noun)
  Secrets are like maidens: the closer they are kept locked up, the more certain they are to escape.
            —Honoré de Balzac
  A secret is like silence: you cannot talk about it, and keep it. It is like money; when once you know there is any concealed, it is half discovered.
            —Paul Chatfield
  State secrets are like mortal poison: as long as that poison is in its box and the box closed, it is not injurious; out of the box, it kills.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  A secret in his mouth is like a wild bird in a cage, whose door no sooner opens, than ’tis out.
            —Ben Jonson
  Keep your own secrets, as the seed keeps the color of the flower.
            —Alice Meynell
  A secret at home is like a rock under tide.
            —Dinah Maria Mulock

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