What is private?

Famous quotes containing the word private:

    Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one.
    Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)

    If private men are obliged to perform the offices of government, to protect the weak and dispense justice, then the government becomes only a hired man, or clerk, to perform menial or indifferent services.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    There is no private life which has not been determined by a wider public life.
    George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian)