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