Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Oscar Wilde

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.

William Shakespeare

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

Bertrand Russell

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.

Cato the Elder

Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shoptalk of the scientist and the consolation of the housewife, wit, tycoon and intellectual. It begins in the nursery and ends when speech is past.

Phyllis Mcginley

Gossip, even when it avoids the sexual, bears around it a faint flavor of the erotic.

Patricia Meyer Spacks

Today's gossip is tomorrow's headline.

Walter Winchell

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

Phyllis Mcginley

Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for a certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?'

Johann K. Lavater

There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly behooves any of us To talk about the rest of us.

Edward Wallis Hoch

Have I inadvertently said some evil thing?


A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.

John Tudor

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

Will Rogers

In our appetite for gossip, we tend to gobble down everything before us, only to find, too late, that it is our ideals we have consumed, and we have not been enlarged by the feasts but only diminished.

Pico Iyer

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.

Spanish Proverb

Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.

Joseph Conrad

The fact that it's gossip is exactly why I wanted to keep these private.

Billy Payne

Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.

Elbert Hubbard

HISTORIAN, n. A broad-gauge gossip.

Ambrose Bierce

This is not exemplary of good governance. This is governance by gossip and rumor mill rather than law.

Karl Wachter