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Those whose conduct gives room for talk
Are always the first to attack their neighbors.

MOLIÈRE, Tartuffe

Yet have I heard it said that those
Who watch men's looks and carry tales about,
Have done more mischief in this world of ours
Than the assassin's knife, or poisoned bowl.


Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan

If everybody minded their own business ... the world would go round a deal faster than it does.

No might nor greatness in mortality
Can censure scape; back-wounding calumny
The whitest virtue strikes. What king so strong
Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Measure for Measure

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