And above all
A lie cannot live

Watch with glittering eyes

the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

- Roald Dahl
A lie cannot live
A lie cannot live

Lies and
Secrets

Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soulThey eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind." ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned." ― James Joyce

"The best secrets are the most twisted" ― Sara Shepard, Twisted

"I now understood that real secrets were lonely. They planted themselves inside of you and expanded, until you felt like that was all you were-a lonely little secret, isolated in your experiences." ― Yvonne Woon, Life Eternal

Look in the mirror. The face that pins you with its double gaze reveals a chastening secret. Diane Ackerman

"I used to want to understand how the world worked. Little things, like heavy stuff goes at the bottom of the laundry bag, or big things, like the best way to get a boy to chase you is to ignore him, or medium things, like if you cut an onion under running water your eyes won't sting, and if you wash your fingers afterwards with lemon-juice they won't stink. I used to want to know all the secrets, and every time I learned one, I felt like I'd taken--a step. On a journey. To a place. A destination: to be the kind of person who knew all this stuff, the way everyone around me seemed to know all this stuff. I thought that once I knew enough secrets, I'd be like them." ― Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

"Many more villagers, who have seen an elephant for the first time in their lives, give absurd exaggerations regarding his size, weight, and height. One of them describes him as 'a fundament!'. Another, elaborating, alludes to the term 'firmament,' because of the elephant's hugeness. He felt as though the sky was obliterated from his vision. The last to be interviewed by the local TV station swears that he sensed the world lean forward as the elephant came closer and tilt backwards as the beast walked away. This large mammal ambles purposefully. He pays no heed to the crowded silence following him in stealthy consciousness. One of the villagers, a woman often suspected of dabbling in witchcraft, talks of her inspired theory: that this was no elephant, more like a human on a holy mission of avenging justice. Two other witnesses, neither having had any contact with the woman, speak in substantiation of the woman's claims, giving as evidence the observation that the elephant turned around when someone said something in Somali. Several villagers will not comment, afraid of a fitting retribution should they do so." ― Nuruddin Farah

"When you shine a bright light, a secret loses all its power." ― Tess Gerritsen, Last to Die

"No secret can remain hidden for ever. Silently and patiently, it waits in the dark. It lets you build your life, carefully stacking the bricks one by one, and then it appears. It deals its blow and everything crumbles. That's why it remains intact and incorruptible in time, waiting for its ultimate destiny to be revealed." ― Stefanos Livos, A Life In A Moment

"In our not-yet-acknowledged secret garden lie the seeds of some of our best not-yet-written stories" ― Sol Stein, How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them

"Fame is a funny thing, like a secret, both are hard to keep." ― Richard Peck, Secrets at Sea

"Everyone you trust, everyone you think can count on, will eventually disappoint you. When left to their own devices, people lie and keep secrets and change and disappear…" ― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

"...how time packs new years over the old ones but how those old years are still in there, like the earliest, tightest rings centering a tree, the most hidden, enclosed in darkness and shielded from weather. But then a saw screams in and the tree topples and the circles are stricken by the sun and the sap glistens and the stump is laid open for the world to see." ― Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter Crooked Letter

"Secrets can eat you alive. They break down your soul. It's better to have them in the open" ― Sara Shepard

Andrea Borghini But unshed tears can turn rancid. So can memory. So can biting your tongue. My bad nights were beginning. I couldn't sleep." ― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin