I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don't even need or want to look 'intelligent' anymore.
Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.
Just as some people may conceal their own sinfulness thus seeming better than the norm, others expose their own sinfulness thus seeming worse than the norm.
Baxter knows a lot more than I do, I told her. Yes, said Baxter, but I will never tell people all of it.
She was heartily ashamed of her ignorance - a misplaced shame. Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well−informed mind is to come with an inability of administering to the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
Our fellowman either may voluntarily reveal to us the truth about himself, or by dissimulation he may deceive us as to the truth. No other object of knowledge can thus of its own initiative, either enlighten us with reference to itself or conceal itself, as a human being can. No other knowable object modifies its conduct from consideration of its being understood or misunderstood.
A fault is fostered by concealment.