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Famous Gossip Quotes

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A list of the best gossip quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous gossip quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic gossip quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about gossip?" and "What are inspirational gossip quotes?"

This list includes notable gossip quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest gossip quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite gossip sayings get to the bottom of the list.

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    Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?

    Johann Kaspar Lavater More
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    There are two good rules which ought to be written on every heart; never to believe anything bad about anybody unless you positively know it to be true; and never to tell that unless you feel that it is absolutely necessary, and that God is listening while you tell it.

    Henry van Dyke More
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    It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.

    Oscar Wilde More
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    One eye witness is better than ten hear sayers.

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    What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.

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    When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan More
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    Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.

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    Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

    Eleanor Roosevelt More
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    Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.

    Rebecca West More
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    Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

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    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.

    Horace More
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    Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.

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    Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.

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    Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.

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    So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

    Will Rogers More
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    I maintain that, if everyone knew what others said about him, there would not be four friends in the world.

    Blaise Pascal More
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    The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.

    Will Rogers More
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    Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

    Erica Jong More
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    At every word a reputation dies.

    Alexander Pope More
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    With well doing you may put to silence foolish men.

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    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.

    George Eliot More
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    She poured a little social sewage into his ears.

    George Meredith More
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    Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.

    Richard Steele More
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    The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

    George Bernard Shaw More
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    Never trust the teller, trust the tale.

    D. H. Lawrence More
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    And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too.

    Alexander Pope More
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    A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.

    Thomas Fuller More
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    Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.

    Henry Fielding More
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    I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.

    Dorothy Parker More
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    No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

    Bertrand Russell More
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    While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.

    Andrea Dworkin More
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    Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.

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    Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet.

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    Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.

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    A malignant sore throat is a danger, a malignant throat not sore is worse.

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    Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.

    Primo Levi More
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    Of course we women gossip on occasion. But our appetite for it is not as avid as a man s. It is in the boys gyms, the college fraternity houses, the club locker rooms, the paneled offices of business that gossip reaches its luxuriant flower.

    Phyllis McGinley More
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    Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge More
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    Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.

    Ambrose Bierce More
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    If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.

    Blaise Pascal More
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    Sight before hearsay.

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    Where no wood is, the fire goes out; so where there is no tale bearer, the strife ceaseth.

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    For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.

    Victor Hugo More
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    He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.

    Henry Ward Beecher More
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    The objection of the scandalmonger is not that she tells of racy doings, but that she pretends to be indignant about them.

    H. L. Mencken More
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    Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.

    Erica Jong More
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    My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back.

    Francis Picabia More
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    Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.

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

    Oscar Wilde More
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    Rumor grows as it goes.

    Virgil More
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