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.
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.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadayssaying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
Rumor is not always wrong.
Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth.
Knowledge is power if you know about the right person.
None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.
Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.
Gossip is always a personal confession either of malice or imbecility.
What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.
A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.
Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue.
If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.
Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.
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.
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.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
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