Gossip quotes

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

- Crane, George W.

So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

- Rogers, Will

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

There is a lust in man no charm can tame: Of loudly publishing his neighbor's shame: On eagles wings immortal scandals fly, while virtuous actions are born and die.

- Harvey, William

Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them.

- Horace

One eye witness is better than ten hear sayers.

- Plautus, Titus Maccius

Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.


Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.


Who gossips to you will gossip about you.

- Turkish

Journalism is organized gossip.

- Eggleston, Edward

Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

- Wilde, Oscar

No sword bites so fiercly as an evil tongue.

- Sir Philip Sidney

Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.

- West, Rebecca

Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.

- Elbert Hubbard

For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.

- Hugo, Victor

Vilify, Vilify, some of it will always stick.

- Beaumarchais, Pierre De

Gossip is always a personal confession of malice or imbecility; it is a low, frivolous, and too often a dirty business. There are neighborhoods where it rages like a pest; churches are split in pieces by it, and neighbor made enemies for life. Let the young avoid or cure it while they may.

- Jack Holland

To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.

- Thoreau, Henry David

Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.


I'm not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called "scientific" mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.

- Cynthia Ozick

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