Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the State.
War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.
Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of state.
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it.
To know how to dissimulate is the knowledge of kings.