Conversation is an exercise of the mind, gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.
Gossip is the Devil’s radio.
The only gossip I’m interested in is things from the Weekly World News – ‘Woman’s bra bursts, 11 injured’. That kind of thing.
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard’s Almanack, July 1735)
There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.
Gossip is just news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.
We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
Cato the Elder
Walls have ears.
Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people.
Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren’t present.
P. J. O’Rourke
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one’s back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
A real Christian is the one who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.
Gossip is only the lack of a worthy memory.
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
When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars.
Edgar Watson Howe
Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.
Gossip, n.: Hearing something you like about someone you don’t.
Who gossips with you, will gossip of you.
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
Gossip is vice enjoyed vicariously.
Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.
Frank A. Clark
Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.
May no portent of evil be attached to the words I say.
Today’s gossip is tomorrow’s headline.
There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly becomes any of us To talk about the rest of us.
Edward Wallis Hoch
Gossip: Something that goes in one ear, out the other, and over the back fence.
Gossip is nature’s telephone.
A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.
There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
Historian. A broad – gauge gossip.
Gossip isn’t scandal and it’s not merely malicious. It’s chatter about the human race by lovers of the same.
It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business.
History is merely gossip.
It is the gossip columnist’s business to write about what is none of his business.
Journalism is organized gossip.
None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.
Charles Caleb Colton
Your friend has a friend; don’t tell him.
Who gossips to you, will gossip of you.
What some invent, the rest enlarge.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.
Male and female gossip also sounds different, as women use more animated tones, more detail and more feedback.
The talked-about is always the last to hear the talk . . .
All the gossip and craziness becomes a kind of sustained narrative which, in turn, can become history. It’s scary.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Gossip is more popular than literature.
Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It’s gossip.
One eye witness is better than ten hear sayers.
Titus Maccius Plautus
Conversation is three women stand on the corner talking. Gossip is when one of them leaves.
If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.
At every word a reputation dies.
Gossip, even when it avoids the sexual, bears around it a faint flavor of the erotic.
Patricia Meyer Spacks
I’m drawing the gossip surrounding the celebrity, or the image the celebrity tries to push on us.
Never trust the teller, trust the tale.
D. H. Lawrence
But nobody is listening to those points. They are just listening to the gossip which is saying that I knew I was positive for all these years because I had a faked test a few years ago.
A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings.
They come together like the Coroner’s Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.
I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true.
The easiest way to keep a secret is without help.
Ah, well, the truth is always one thing, but in a way it’s the other thing, the gossip, that counts. It shows where people’s hearts lie.
Have I inadvertently said some evil thing?