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What the famous say about gossip

Do you gossip? Do you like to hear gossip? When I told a friend of mine how I hated gossip she said, “ It’s better to be interesting enough to be talked about than to be the interested party who’s doing the talking.” Thankfully, I don’t think I fall into either category.

Hear what famous people said about gossips. It appears brilliance has enlivened the subject only rarely.

“The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I know that’s a secret, for it’s whispered everywhere.” – William Congreve

“They come together like the Coroner’s Inquest, to sit upon the murdered reputations of the week.” – Congreve

“I hate to spread rumors, but what else can you do with them?” – Amanda Lear

If you haven’t got anything good to say about anyone come and sit by me.” – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“She proceeds to dip her little fountain-pen filler into pots of oily venom and to squirt this mixture at all her friends.” – Harold Nicolson

“I’m called away by particular business – but I leave my character behind me.” – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“Here is the whole set! A character dead at every word.” – same Sheridan

“There is only one thing in the world that is worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” – Oscar Wilde

(He is) “A professional athlete – of the tongue.” – Aldous Huxley

(Gossip is)” Social sewage.” – George Meredith

(Gossip is) “Foul whisperings.” – William Shakespeare

(Sometimes referred to in gossip as Billy Wigglestick)


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