Rumor Quotes

No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue.

Sir Philip Sidney

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.

George Bancroft

Even doubtful accusations leave a stain behind them.

Thomas Fuller

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.

Alexander Pope

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

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.


Whoever keeps an open ear For tattlers will be sure to hear The trumpet of contention.

William Cowper

He's gone, and who knows how may he report Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?

John Milton

You do not know it but you are the talk of all the town.


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

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

Oscar Wilde

Gossip is what no one claims to like -- but everyone enjoys.

Joseph Conrad

Hearts that are delicate and kind, and tongues that are neither -- these makes the finest company in the world.

Logan Pearshall Smith

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

Publilius Syrus

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

Jane Austen
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