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

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1615

The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty, and death of public opinion.

—Samuel Butler, c. 1902

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

—Henry Fielding, 1730

The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.

—Salvador Dalí, 1953

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

—Erica Jong, 1973

Shamelessness is the shame of being without shame.

—Mencius, c. 290 BC

Scandal begins where the police leave off.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

Don’t ever wear artistic jewelry; it wrecks a woman’s reputation.

—Colette, 1944

In the country gossip is a pastime; in the city it is a warfare.

—W.M.L. Jay, 1870

Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.

—John Donne, c. 1629

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

It is one thing to slander, another to accuse.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 56 BC