Quotes and Sayings about Privacy
"Nothing that we have authorized conflicts with any law regarding privacy or any provision of the constitution."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Constitution, Law, Nothing, Privacy)
"Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Government, Privacy)
"Writing can sometimes be exploitative. I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect the privacy of the subject. If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem."
- John Barton
(Related: Order, Privacy, Respect, Writing)
"The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy."
- Kathy Bates
(Related: People, Privacy, Projects)
"Taxpayers should not be coerced into giving up their privacy rights just to file their taxes."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Rights, Giving, Privacy, Taxes)
"An autobiography is not about pictures; it's about the stories; it's about honesty and as much truth as you can tell without coming too close to other people's privacy."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Truth, People, Honesty, Autobiography, Privacy)
"I don't mind talking about my two daughters, but I don't feel comfortable denying them their privacy."
- Tom Bergeron
(Related: Daughters, Mind, Privacy, Talking)
"Since we enacted the PATRIOT Act almost three years ago, there has been tremendous public debate about its breadth and implications on due process and privacy."
- Howard Berman
(Related: Act, Debate, Privacy, Public, Years)
"As a culture I see us as presently deprived of subtleties. The music is loud, the anger is elevated, sex seems lacking in sweetness and privacy."
- Shelley Berman
(Related: Anger, Music, Sex, Culture, Privacy, Sweetness)
"I'm learning to accept the lack of privacy as the real downer in my profession."
- Halle Berry
(Related: Learning, Privacy, Profession)
"The right of an individual to conduct intimate relationships in the intimacy of his or her own home seems to me to be the heart of the Constitution's protection of privacy."
- Harry A. Blackmun
(Related: Home, Heart, Constitution, Intimacy, Privacy, Protection, Relationships, Right)
"It was said of me recently that I suffered from an Obsessional Privacy. I can only suppose it must be true."
- Dirk Bogarde
"Let those who know know, and let me keep what little privacy I can."
- Lisa Bonet
"Really, life is complicated enough without having a bunch of Senators deciding what we should do in the privacy of our own homes."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Life, Privacy, Senators)
"I think Democrats are right. We fight for the American dream, for the environment, for privacy rights, a woman's right to choose, a good public education system."
- Barbara Boxer
(Related: Education, Dream, American, Democrats, Environment, Fight, Rights, Privacy, Public, Woman)
"Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite."
- Marlon Brando
"If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion."
- William J. Brennan
(Related: Privacy, Right)
"When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else."
- David Brin
(Related: People, Privacy)
"Media reporting denied privacy to anybody doing what I do for a living. It was no longer possible to work on your picture in privacy."
- James L. Brooks
(Related: Work, Living, Media, Privacy)
"I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God."
- Robert Browning
(Related: God, End, Fight, Privacy, Want)
"At the end of the whole day of working with people you want some privacy."
- Bill Bruford
(Related: People, Day, End, Privacy, Want)
"I need privacy. I would think that because what I do makes a lot of people happy that I might deserve a little bit of respect in return. Instead, the papers try to drag me off my pedestal."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: People, Privacy, Respect)
"Indeed, an entire generation of Americans has grown to adulthood since the Roe decision of 1973, which held that the right to choose an abortion was a privacy right protected by our Constitution."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Decision, Abortion, Adulthood, Americans, Constitution, Privacy, Right)
"Human beings are not meant to lose their anonymity and privacy."
- Sarah Chalke
"I don't think when people sign up for a life of doing something they love to do they should have to sign up for a complete loss of privacy. I understand a little loss of privacy coming with the job."
- Sarah Chalke
(Related: Life, Love, People, Job, Loss, Privacy)
"Privacy and security are those things you give up when you show the world what makes you extraordinary."
- Margaret Cho
(Related: Privacy, Security, World)
"I have to understand what my strengths and limitations are, and work from a true place. I try to do this as best I can while still protecting my writer self, which more than ever needs privacy."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Work, Limitations, Needs, Privacy, Self, Writer)
"If privacy ends where hypocrisy begins, Kitty Kelley's steamy expose is a contribution to contemporary history."
- Eleanor Clift
(Related: History, Hypocrisy, Privacy)
"I believe in a zone of privacy."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Privacy, Zone)
"I am a technological activist. I have a political agenda. I am in favor of basic human rights: to free speech, to use any information and technology, to purchase and use recreational drugs, to enjoy and purchase so-called 'vices', to be free of intruders, and to privacy."
- Bram Cohen
(Related: Technology, Drugs, Free speech, Information, Privacy)
"The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living: they never flatter us to our faces, nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy, nor quit their shelves until we take them down."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Society, Faces, Privacy, Slander)
"A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Father, Company, Privacy)
"I certainly respect privacy and privacy rights. But on the other hand, the first function of government is to guarantee the security of all the people."
- Phil Crane
(Related: Government, People, First, Rights, Privacy, Respect, Security)
"The Microsoft actions announced today are exactly the kinds of industry initiatives we need. Microsoft is using its resources to bring real privacy protection to Internet users by creating incentives for more websites to provide strong privacy protection."
- William M. Daley
(Related: Actions, Internet, Privacy, Protection, Today)
"We have never really had absolute privacy with our records or our electronic communications - government agencies have always been able to gain access with appropriate court orders."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: Government, Court, Gain, Privacy)
"With those people, I'm very far apart, because I believe that government access to communications and stored records is valuable when done under tightly controlled conditions which protect legitimate privacy interests."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: Government, People, Privacy)
"You use your money to buy privacy because during most of your life you aren't allowed to be normal."
- Johnny Depp
(Related: Life, Money, Privacy)
"Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Ability, American, Chance, Circumstances, Effort, Freedom, Gender, Privacy, Race, Will)
"Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Related: Soul, People, Privacy)
"Judaism is much more communal, and partly as a consequence of my religious switch, I am increasingly more suspicous of my previous view that what people do in the privacy of their own home is their business alone."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Business, Home, People, Judaism, Privacy, Religious)
"Our privacy is starting to be invaded and we can't get anything done. I'm happy with the fundraising but upset we don't have time to talk and meet with people."
- Terry Fox
(Related: Time, People, Privacy, Talk)
"The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security."
- Louis Freeh
(Related: People, American, Privacy, Safety, Security)
"All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing."
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould
"How many of you have broken no laws this month? That's the kind of society I want to build. I want a guarantee - with physics and mathematics, not with laws - that we can give ourselves real privacy of personal communications."
- John Gilmore
(Related: Society, Laws, Mathematics, Physics, Privacy, Want)
"The emphasis must be not on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control."
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg
(Related: Control, Abortion, Privacy, Right)
"According to the Privacy Rights Center, up to 10 million Americans are victims of ID theft each year. They have a right to be notified when their most sensitive health data is stolen."
- Luis Gutierrez
(Related: Health, Americans, Rights, Privacy, Theft, Victims)
"There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Americans, Fishing, Prayer, Privacy, Respect)
"For thirty years, beginning with the invention of a privacy right in the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, the Left has been waging a systematic assault on the constitutional foundation of the nation."
- David Horowitz
(Related: Decision, Beginning, Court, Invention, Nation, Privacy, Right, Years)
"It's just as difficult to live in a self-made hell of privacy as it is to live in a self-made hell of publicity."
- Michael Hutchence
(Related: Hell, Privacy, Publicity, Self)
"Every ISP is being attacked, maliciously both from in the United States and outside of the United States, by those who want to invade people's privacy. But more importantly they want to take control of computers, they want to hack them, they want to steal information."
- Darrell Issa
(Related: Computers, People, Control, Being, Information, Privacy, states, United, Want)
"I'm not a kid. You don't get in this business for anonymity. It's not like I have posters of myself on the wall, but at the same time, I'm kind of ready for a little bit of it, but I worry for my little one, and my family - their privacy. That's what I'm more protective of."
- Hugh Jackman
(Related: Business, Family, Time, Privacy, Worry)
"When a show becomes a mega hit internationally, you lose a lot of privacy, you become a hider. It's not a human condition we are exposed to very often."
- Steve Kanaly
"I don't always want my opinion known. What little privacy I have left I'd like to maintain."
- Calvin Klein
(Related: Opinion, Privacy, Want)
"Being a Brady comes with it's pleasures and its baggage. I'm not one given to a lack of privacy and invasion."
- Christopher Knight
(Related: Being, Privacy)
"Privacy was in sufficient danger before TV appeared, and TV has given it its death blow."
- Louis Kronenberger
(Related: Death, Danger, Privacy)
"You become a celebrity, not because of your work or what you do, but because you have no privacy."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: Work, Celebrity, Privacy)
"I've been careful to keep my life separate because it's important to me to have privacy and for my life not to be a marketing device for a movie or a TV show. I'm worth more than that."
- Lisa Kudrow
(Related: Life, Marketing, Privacy, Worth)
"As a result of this article, I was invited to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee on privacy law."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Committee, Law, Privacy, Result, Senate)
"I showed that privacy was an implicit right in Jewish law, probably going back to the second or third century, when it was elaborated on in a legal way."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Legal, Law, Privacy, Right)
"Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents."
- Edmund Leach
(Related: Family, Society, Being, Privacy, Secrets)
"Although I am a public figure, I'm still a little shy. I don't think my own personality is important. I prefer to keep some small dosage of privacy."
- Joshua Lederberg
(Related: Personality, Privacy, Public)
"We must carefully consider card security solutions, such as adding photographs or machine-readable electronic strips, so to prevent further breaches of individual privacy that could result from changes to the design of Social Security Cards."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Design, Cards, Machine, Privacy, Result, Security)
"Poverty is relative, and the lack of food and of the necessities of life is not necessarily a hardship. Spiritual and social ostracism, the invasion of your privacy, are what constitute the pain of poverty."
- Alice Foote MacDougall
(Related: Food, Life, Hardship, Pain, Poverty, Privacy, Spiritual)
"I really fight for my privacy."
- Kyle MacLachlan
(Related: Fight, Privacy)
"This has been a learning experience for me. I also thought that privacy was something we were granted in the Constitution. I have learned from this when in fact the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Experience, Thought, Constitution, Fact, Learning, Privacy, Word)
"I have as much privacy as a goldfish in a bowl."
- Princess Margaret
"I think the most privacy I had was when the game was going on."
- Roger Maris
"We demand privacy, yet we glorify those that break into computers."
- Bill McCollum
(Related: Computers, Privacy)
"You know, we're very private, and I think that we really separate and try to keep our privacy to ourselves. There's things that people assume a lot of times, and we understand that people are interested, but we really try to keep our family life private as much as we can."
- Tim McGraw
(Related: Family, Life, People, Privacy)
"It's a big challenge for me to keep my integrity and some of my privacy intact."
- Sarah McLachlan
(Related: Challenge, Integrity, Privacy)
"Publication is a self-invasion of privacy."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Privacy, Self)
"You already have zero privacy - get over it."
- Scott McNealy
"Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place?"
- Kate Millett
"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."
- Edward P. Morgan
(Related: Thought, Idea, Fear, Man, Mind, Privacy, Will)
"In exchange for power, influence, command and a place in history, a president gives up the bulk of his privacy."
- Roger Mudd
(Related: History, Power, Influence, President, Privacy)
"But the time has come for journalists to acknowledge that a zone of privacy does exist."
- Roger Mudd
(Related: Time, Privacy, Zone)
"Most journalists now believe that a person's privacy zone gets smaller and smaller as the person becomes more and more powerful."
- Roger Mudd
(Related: Now, Privacy, Zone)
"People watch me, waiting for me to slip up, so my privacy has gone - but that's a price you pay."
- Samantha Mumba
(Related: People, Privacy, Waiting)
"It can feel like an invasion of privacy, involving an employer in a personal matter."
- Frank Murphy
"If we don't act now to safeguard our privacy, we could all become victims of identity theft."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Act, Identity, Now, Privacy, Theft, Victims)
"I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad."
- Larry Niven
"Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice he needs."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Advice, Needs, President, Privacy)
"Even rock stars are entitled to privacy."
- Michael Novak
(Related: Privacy, Stars)
"People have less privacy and are crammed together in cities, but in the wide open spaces they secretly keep tabs on each other a lot more."
- Sara Paretsky
(Related: People, Cities, Open, Privacy)
"The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity."
- Jean Paul
(Related: Home, Father, Children, End, Posterity, Privacy, Words, World)
"I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government. We don't need a national ID card."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Government, Society, Purpose, Contradiction, Privacy, Secrecy)
"Law-abiding citizens value privacy. Terrorists require invisibility. The two are not the same, and they should not be confused."
- Richard Perle
(Related: Law, Privacy, Value)
"For me, getting comfortable with being famous was hard - that whole side of it, the loss of anonymity, the loss of privacy. Giving up that part of your life and not having control of it."
- Michelle Pfeiffer
(Related: Life, Control, Being, Famous, Giving, Loss, Privacy)
"One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man's, privacy."
- Mary Pickford
(Related: Loss, Man, Privacy, Public)
"I particularly recognize that reasonable people can disagree as to what that proper balance or blend is between privacy and security and safety."
- John Pistole
(Related: People, Balance, Privacy, Safety, Security)
"But what I want to assure and reassure the public is we are concerned about your safety, your security, and your privacy. Let's work together in partnership to ensure that we can have the best way forward."
- John Pistole
(Related: Work, Partnership, Privacy, Public, Safety, Security, Want)
"We want to be sensitive to people's concerns about privacy about their personal being and things, while ensuring that everybody on every flight has been properly screened."
- John Pistole
(Related: People, Being, Privacy, Want)
"TIA was being used by real users, working on real data - foreign data. Data where privacy is not an issue."
- John Poindexter
(Related: Being, Privacy)
"I really believe that we don't have to make a trade-off between security and privacy. I think technology gives us the ability to have both."
- John Poindexter
(Related: Technology, Ability, Privacy, Security, Trade)
"I knew from the beginning that privacy was going to be a huge issue, especially with regard to applying Total Information Awareness in counterterrorism. Because if the technology development was successful, a logical place to apply it was inside the United States."
- John Poindexter
(Related: Technology, Successful, Development, Awareness, Beginning, Information, Privacy, states, United)
"As a social good, I think privacy is greatly overrated because privacy basically means concealment. People conceal things in order to fool other people about them. They want to appear healthier than they are, smarter, more honest and so forth."
- Richard Posner
(Related: People, Fool, Order, Privacy, Want)
"The issue is privacy. Why is the decision by a woman to sleep with a man she has just met in a bar a private one, and the decision to sleep with the same man for $100 subject to criminal penalties?"
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Decision, Man, Privacy, Sleep, Woman)
"First, the security and privacy of sensitive taxpayer information is absolutely essential."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: First, Information, Privacy, Security)
"Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Men, Society, Civilization, Progress, Existence, Laws, Man, Privacy, Public)
"I believe that the freedom of speech should be protected, but so should a family's right to privacy as they grieve their loss. There is a time and a place for vigorous debate on the War on Terror, but during a family's last goodbye is not it."
- Dave Reichert
(Related: Time, War, Family, Debate, Freedom, Goodbye, Loss, Privacy, Right, Speech, Terror)
"The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort - the opening, terror. Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing - the opening a wonderfully joyous moment."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: Comfort, Privacy, Terror)
"So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public."
- Marquis de Sade
(Related: Chastity, Laws, Opinion, Privacy, Public, Silence, Today)
"There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all."
- Antonin Scalia
(Related: Constitution, Nothing, Order, Privacy)
"The reason why I've been keeping private for the longest time ever here, I've always wanted to protect my wife's privacy. I don't like - I didn't want to put her picture all over the news. I just wanted to keep her private."
- Michael Schiavo
(Related: Time, Wife, News, Privacy, Reason, Want)
"If you look at Griswold, what you can see is the first time the Court recognized the right to privacy, which ends up becoming ultimately the right to abortion."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Time, Abortion, Court, First, Privacy, Right)
"I mean, I don't want to sound - of course it's very nice, people come up and say appreciative things about my work. But the loss, in terms of privacy and anonymity, is no small thing to me."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: Work, People, Loss, Privacy, Sound, Want)
"At the bottom, the elimination of spyware and the preservation of privacy for the consumer are critical goals if the Internet is to remain safe and reliable and credible."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Goals, Internet, Privacy)
"Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone's illiterate, but you wouldn't really call that privacy. That's ignorance."
- Bruce Sterling
(Related: Home, Circumstance, Circumstances, Ignorance, Privacy)
"I'm not that ambitious any more. I just like my privacy. I wish I really wasn't talked about at all."
- Barbra Streisand
"To put someone in jail for using drugs in the privacy of his hotel room is just barbaric."
- Danny Sugerman
(Related: Drugs, Privacy)
"The worst thing about being famous is the invasion of your privacy."
- Justin Timberlake
(Related: Being, Famous, Privacy)
"To wait for hours to buy a train ticket or to see a doctor is accepted as a normal way of doing things. Privacy is not a great preoccupation, and this is a very crowded country."
- Nancy Travis
(Related: Country, Privacy)
"Where is the expectation of privacy in the commission of a crime?"
- Linda Tripp
(Related: Crime, Expectation, Privacy)
"People should be allowed to document evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Where is the expectation of privacy if someone is conspiring to commit crime?"
- Linda Tripp
(Related: People, Crime, Expectation, Privacy)
"Truth should not be forced; it should simply manifest itself, like a woman who has in her privacy reflected and coolly decided to bestow herself upon a certain man."
- John Updike
(Related: Truth, Man, Privacy, Woman)
"I had to focus on some personal areas in my life with the little bit of privacy that I have."
- Mario Vazquez
(Related: Life, Focus, Privacy)
"You lose your privacy, and sometimes, people don't see you as human."
- Shawn Wayans
(Related: People, Privacy)
"Realize that a Muslim will know that his wife was seen naked in this machine. You know what would be the reaction?... Terrible. I believe there's technology out there that can identify bomb-type materials without necessarily, overly invading our privacy."
- Isaac Yeffet
(Related: Technology, Wife, Muslim, Machine, Privacy, Will)