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I sometimes compare press officers to riflemen on the Somme -- mowing down wave upon wave of distortion, taking out rank upon rank of supposition, deduction and gossip.

- Ingham, Bernard

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't.

- Earl Wilson

The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.

- Will Rogers

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

- Oscar Wilde

Remember, every time you open your mouth to talk, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words.

- Stuart, Edwin H.

Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas. What litanies the advertisers of the good life chanted at you! What curious catechisms!

- Jong, Erica

Journalism is organized gossip.

- Eggleston, Edward

He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.

- Beecher, Henry Ward

When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.

- Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

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?

- Lavater, Johann Kaspar

The secret of biography resides in finding the link between talent and achievement. A biography seems irrelevant if it doesn't discover the overlap between what the individual did and the life that made this possible. Without discovering that, you have shapeless happenings and gossip.

- Edel, Leon

It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.

- Hellman, Lillian

There is no place for the incompetent - there are few hiding places in these organizations. Do not look to the new intelligent organizations with their intelligent machines and their cultures of consent for days of gossipy coffee breaks or for boring but untaxing jobs. The culture of consent is not, as the British would say, going to be everyone's cup of tea unless they are educated and prepared for it. There lies the challenge for our society.

- Charles Handy - The Age of Unreason

Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.


Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public. Never clothe them in vulgar or shoddy attire.

- Crane, George W.

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.

- Steele, Sir Richard

With well doing you may put to silence foolish men.

- Bible

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

- Shaw, George Bernard

Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.

- Elbert Hubbard

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

- Jong, Erica

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