Rumor is the food of gossip.
False rumors die of their own stench.
Rumor is like bees; the more you fight them the more you don't get rid of them.
Rumors generally grow deformed as they travel.
Rumors are like ripples in a cornfield. They are ephemeral, but they do indicate which way the wind is blowing.
Rumors are seen as crimes committed by third parties. They are perfect crimes and leave not the slightest trace and require no weapons whatsoever--the defense is left without a leg to stand on.
A little public scandal is good once in a while. It takes the tension out of the news.
Nothing is swifter than rumor.
Rumors are rumors because they are not true!
What some invent, the rest enlarge.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.
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.
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.
"They say so" is half a lie.
The rolling fictions grow in strength and size, Each author adding to the former lies.
The rumor forthwith flies abroad, dispersed throughout the small town.
Every rumor is believed against the unfortunate.
Rumor is a vagrant without a home, and lives upon what it can pick up.
Tell tales out of school.
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.
Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.
Rumor does not always err; it sometimes even elects a man.
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