Gossip Quotes

Gossip is never fatal until it is denied. Gossip goes on about every human being alive and about all the dead that are alive enough to be remembered, and yet almost never does any harm until some defender makes a controversy. Gossip’s a nasty thing, but it’s sickly, and if people of good intentions will let it entirely alone, it will die, ninety-nine times out of a hundred.

Everyone likes to tell stories. And gossip is, of course, even more exciting, if you know the people. But if the gossip’s about yourself, it’s very weird. They once wrote about me that I had been clubbing with some guys. At the moment I’m a victim and that hurts because it’s not me who does something like that. Such stories are just unfair.

The widespread interest in gossip is inspired, not by a love of knowledge but by malice: no one gossips about other people’s secret virtues, but only about their secret vices. Accordingly most gossip is untrue, but care is taken not to verify it. Our neighbour’s sins, like the consolations of religion, are so agreeable that we do not stop to scrutinise the evidence closely.