Scandal begins where the police leave off.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

Everyone knows about everybody in Hollywood—who sleeps with whom, who doesn’t sleep, who does it standing on his head or in the dentist’s chair.

—Rock Hudson, 1982

Journalists belong in the gutter, because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets.

—Gerald Priestland, 1988

The slander of some people is as great a recommendation as the praise of others.

—Henry Fielding, 1730

There is a demon who puts wings on certain tales and launches them like eagles out into space.

—Alexandre Dumas, 1846

A false report rides post.

—English proverb

Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people.

—Barbara Walters, 1975

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, 1876

The more sifted, the finer the flour; the more often repeated, the rougher the gossip.

—Korean proverb

Shamelessness is the shame of being without shame.

—Mencius, c. 290 BC

Keep no company with those whose position is high but whose morals are low.

—Ge Hong, c. 320

It is one thing to slander, another to accuse.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 56 BC

A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world as a public indecency.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1615