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





Mistakes, scandals, and failures no longer signal catastrophe. The crucial thing is that they be made credible, and that the public be made aware of the efforts being expended in that direction. The "marketing" immunity of governments is similar to that of the major brands of washing powder.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.


Francis H. Bradley (1846-1924, British philosopher)


An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


Scandal is what one half of the world takes pleasure inventing, and the other half in believing.


Paul Chatfield


In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


History is made in the class struggle and not in bed.


Alex Mitchell


Scandal is merely the compassionate allowance which the gay make to the humdrum. Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.


Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916, British novelist, writer)


Scandal dies sooner of itself, than we could kill it.


Benjamin Rush


Nor do they trust their tongue alone, but speak a language of their own; can read a nod, a shrug, a look, far better than a printed book; convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbor is by no means lively hearing.  An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unappetizing meat.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.


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


One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age.


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


Scandal: gossip made tedious by morality.


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


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