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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
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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
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What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.
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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt
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Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
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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
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Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.
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When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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One eye witness is better than ten hear sayers. Plautus
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Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.
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Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world. Publilius Syrus
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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
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The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business. George Bernard Shaw
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Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip. Richard Steele
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At every word a reputation dies. Alexander Pope
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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
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With well doing you may put to silence foolish men.
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A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings. Thomas Fuller
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The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them. Will Rogers
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Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.
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And all who told it added something new, and all who heard it, made enlargements too. Alexander Pope
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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
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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
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Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed. Erica Jong
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No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. Bertrand Russell
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So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. Will Rogers
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Never trust the teller, trust the tale. D. H. Lawrence
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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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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
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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
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Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. Henry Fielding
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She poured a little social sewage into his ears. George Meredith
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Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet.
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new! For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern. Victor Hugo
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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
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Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys. Joseph Conrad
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Your friend has a friend; don't tell him.
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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
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Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C. Ambrose Bierce
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Rumor grows as it goes. Virgil
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An expert gossiper knows how much to leave out of a conversation.
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Sight before hearsay.
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Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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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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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
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I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true. Dorothy Parker
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My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back. Francis Picabia
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A malignant sore throat is a danger, a malignant throat not sore is worse.
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Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory. Elbert Hubbard
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Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shop-talk of the scientist, and the consolation of the housewife, wit, tycoon and intellectual. It begins in the nursery and ends when speech is past. Phyllis McGinley
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