three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead

three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. V. G4v We twayne are one to many (quoth I) for men saie, Three maie keepe a counsell, if two be awaie.

c 1595 SHAKESPEARE Romeo & Juliet II. iv. 190 Is your man secret? Did you ne’er hear say Two may keep counsel, putting one away?

1735 B. FRANKLIN Poor Richard’s Almanack (July) Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

1979 D. CLARK Heberden’s Seat ii. Two of everything..two bodies, two causes of death... What was it? ‘Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.’

2007 Times 14 Aug. 9 With their motto of ‘Three can keep a secret if two are dead’, initiation into the group [Hell’s Angels] ensures an intense loyalty.

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