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Gossip quotes and quotations

Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth.
Will Rogers

May no portent of evil be attached to the words I say.
Anonymous

Knowledge is power if you know about the right person.
Ethel Watts Mumford

What some invent, the rest enlarge.
Jonathan Swift

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.
Charles Caleb Colton

To harken to evil conversation is the road to wickedness.
Anonymous

A little public scandal is good once in a while. It takes the tension out of the news.
Beryl Pfizer

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.
Walter Winchell

Gossip is always a personal confession either of malice or imbecility.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
Edgar Watson Howe

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
Spanish Proverb

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
Bertrand Russell

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
Cato the Elder

Have I inadvertently said some evil thing?
Phocion

The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.
Will Rogers

Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for a certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?'
Johann K. Lavater

A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.
John Tudor

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
Oscar Wilde

No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue.
Sir Philip Sidney

If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.
John Heywood

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
Bertrand Russel

That which is everybody's business is nobody's business.
Izaak Walton

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.
George Bancroft

Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.
Thomas Fuller

The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.
Will Rogers

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.
William Shakespeare

One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
Alexander Pope

There is a lust in man no charm can tame: Of loudly publishing his neighbor's shame: On eagles wings immortal scandals fly, while virtuous actions are born and die.
William Harvey

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
Bible

Whoever keeps an open ear For tattlers will be sure to hear The trumpet of contention.
William Cowper

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.
George Eliot

Tell tales out of school.
John Heywood

He's gone, and who knows how may he report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?
John Milton

You do not know it but you are the talk of all the town.
Ovid

But that your royal pleasure must be done, This act is as an ancient tale new told, And in the last repeating troublesome, Being urged at a time unreasonable.
William Shakespeare

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
James Truslow Adams

It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadayssaying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
Oscar Wilde

And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Bible

There isn't much to be seen in a little town, but what you hear makes up for it.
Kin Hubbard

Of every ten persons who talk about you, nine will say something bad, and the tenth will say something good in a bad way.
Antoine Rivarol

Foul whisp'rings are abroad.
William Shakespeare

I heard the little bird say so.
Jonathan Swift

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Oscar Wilde

Gossip is what no one claims to like -- but everyone enjoys.
Joseph Conrad

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in such a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.
Walter Winchell

Hearts that are delicate and kind, and tongues that are neither -- these makes the finest company in the world.
Logan Pearshall Smith

Ah, well, the truth is always one thing, but in a way it's the other thing, the gossip, that counts. It shows where people's hearts lie.
Paul Scott

Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
Publilius Syrus

So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
Jane Austen

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
Ouida

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
Spanish Proverb

Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.
Horace

And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.
Alexander Pope

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
George Bernard Shaw

Rumor, than which no evil flies more swiftly. She flourishes as she flies, gains strength by mere motion. Small at first and in fear, she soon rises to heaven, Walks upon land and hides her head in the clouds.
Virgil