An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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 (1878-1949, American historian, editor)


Gossip is nature's telephone.


Sholom Aleichem (1859-1916, Ukraine-born American writer)


Vilify, Vilify, some of it will always stick.


Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732-1799, French dramatist)


He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Speak no evil of the dead.


Chilo (560 BC, Greek sage)


Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


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


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


They come together like the Coroner's Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


The inspired scribbler always has the gift for gossip in our common usage, he or she can always inspire the commonplace with an uncommon flavor, and transform trivialities by some original grace or sympathy or humor or affection.


Elizabeth Drew (1887-1965, Anglo-American author, critic)


While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart; never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; and never to tell that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening while you tell it.


Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933, American protestant clergyman and writer)


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 (1819-1880, British novelist)


A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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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 (1578-1657, British physician)


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 (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


Never trust the teller, trust the tale.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.


Primo Levi (1919-1987, Italian chemist, author)


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


Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980, American author, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt)


The objection of the scandalmonger is not that she tells of racy doings, but that she pretends to be indignant about them.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Hearing what is said about us everyday, or even endeavoring to discover what people think, will ultimately destroy even the strongest man.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


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


Ouida (1838-1908, British writer)


I don't care what anybody says about me, as long as it isn't true.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


One eye witness is better than ten hear-sayers.


Titus Maccius Plautus (BC 254-184, Roman comic poet)


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


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


At every word a reputation dies.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Gossiping about the enemy can result in a war.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


A malignant sore throat is a danger, a malignant throat not sore is worse.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Sight before hearsay.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Not everything you hear is good for saying.


Jamaican Proverb


Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Your friend has a friend, and your friend's friend has another friend -- so know when to keep quiet.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


He who lingers around will hear bad things spoken about him.


Mexican Proverb (Sayings of Mexican origin)


It is easier to dam a river than to stop the flow of gossip.


Philipino Proverb


Where there is gossip, there will be arguing.


Philipino Proverb


Where there is gossip, there will be arguing.


Philipino Proverb


Better to be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.


Pythagoras (BC 582-507, Greek philosopher, mathematician)


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


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Conversation is when three women stand on the corner talking. Gossip is when one of them leaves.


Herb Shriner


Gossip is news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.


Liz Smith (1923-, American journalist, gossip columnist)


How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


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


Nobody will keep the thing he hears to himself, and nobody will repeat what he hears and no more.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


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


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


Remember, every time you open your mouth to talk, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words.


Edwin H. Stuart


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


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


Where no wood is, the fire goes out; so where there is no tale bearer, the strife ceaseth.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


With well doing you may put to silence foolish men.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


An expert gossiper knows how much to leave out of a conversation.


Author Unknown


Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.


Author Unknown


Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.


Author Unknown


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Rumor grows as it goes.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Show me someone who never gossips, and I will show you someone who is not interested in people.


Barbara Walters (1931-, American TV personality)


Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Gossip is hearing something you like about someone you don't.


Earl Wilson (1907-1987, American newspaper columnist)


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


Walter Winchell (1897-1972, American journalist)


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