Rumor Quotes

Some report elsewhere whatever is told them; the measure of fiction always increases, and each fresh narrator adds something to what he has heard.


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

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.


Rumor is not always wrong.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

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

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

Cato the Elder

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

John Heywood

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.


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

Walter Winchell

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

Alexander Pope

Rumor doth double, like the voice and echo, The numbers of the feared.

William Shakespeare

Nature abhors a vacuum but why do most people hasten to fill in the blanks with garbage?

Vanna Bonta

Rumor grows as it goes.


Rumor is rarely more interesting than fact, but it is always more readily available.

Stephen L. Carter
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