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Quotations: Gossip

Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.
Anon

To live so that you would not be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip, is to have lived well.
Anon

An expert gossiper knows how much to leave out of a conversation.
Anon

A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends.
Bible

What is evil? Killing is evil, lying is evil, slandering is evil, abuse is evil, gossip is evil: envy is evil, hatred is evil, to cling to false doctrine is evil; all these things are evil. And what is the root of evil? Desire is the root of evil, illusion is the root of evil.
Lord Buddha

All literature is gossip.
Truman Capote

Gossip needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around.
Frank A. Clark

The only gossip I'm interested in is things from the Weekly World News - 'Woman's bra bursts, 11 injured'. That kind of thing.
Johnny Depp

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

Journalism is organized gossip.
Edward Eggleston

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 best ammunition against lies is the truth, there is no ammunition against gossip. It is like a fog and the clear wind blows it away and the sun burns it off.
Ernest Hemingway

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

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

Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: Their measurements are being taken and compared.
Erica Jong

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
Erica Jong

A gossip is one who talks to you about others; a bore is one who talks to you about himself; and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
Lisa Kirk

It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.
Lawrence G. Lovasik

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

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
Spanish Proverb

Gossip needs no carriage.
Russian Proverb

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

Try to live your life so that you wouldn't be afraid to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
Bertrand Russell

Who gossips with you will gossip of you.
Irish Sayings

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

Show me someone who never gossips, and I'll show you someone who isn't interested in people.
Barbara Walters

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
Oscar Wilde

History is merely gossip.
Oscar Wilde

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

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.
Walter Winchell

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