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

Speak without regard for the consequences, and it is too late for silence when disaster strikes.

—Huan Kuan, 81 BC

Reputation, like beavers and cloaks, shall last some people twice the time of others.

—Douglas Jerrold, 1840

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

There are many civil questions that arise between individuals in which it is not so important the controversy be settled one way or another as that it be settled.

—William Howard Taft, 1921

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

—Colette, 1944

Humiliation is the beginning of sanctification.

—John Donne, c. 1629

I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.

—Thomas Jefferson, 1789

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

—Salvador Dalí, 1953

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

—Korean proverb

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, 1983

Ridicule often checks what is absurd, and fully as often smothers that which is noble.

—Walter Scott, 1823