Gossip isn’t scandal and it’s not merely malicious. It’s chatter about the human race by lovers of the same.

—Phyllis McGinley, 1957

The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1776

Attacks on me will do no harm, and silent contempt is the best answer to them.

—James Monroe, 1808

A false report rides post.

—English proverb

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

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1615

It is one thing to slander, another to accuse.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 56 BC

Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.

—Margaret Mitchell, 1936

Scandal begins where the police leave off.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

The purest joy is to live without disguise, unconstrained by the ties of a grave reputation.

—Al-Hariri, c. 1108

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

—Barbara Walters, 1975

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.

—Ouida, 1880

There is a vital force in rumor. Though crushed to earth, to all intents and purposes buried, it can rise again without apparent effort.

—Eleanor Robson Belmont, 1957

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