quotations about scandal
Scandals are the fertilizer of Western democracy.
DARIO FO, Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Every scandal has it's price
Brighter and brighter and brighter you burn
PET SHOP BOYS, "Fluorescent"
A good, finished scandal, fully armed and equipped, such as circulates in the world, is rarely the production of a single individual, or even of a single coterie. It sees the light in one; is rocked and nurtured in another; is petted, developed, and attains its growth in a third; and receives its finishing touches only after passing through a multitude of hands. It is a child that can count a host of fathers--all ready to disown it.
MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles", The Writings of Madame Swetchine
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
HENRY FIELDING, Love in Several Masques
In every scandal there is the warp and the woof; it is seldom that some ground cannot be had to work upon. The woof may be a fact wholly perverted, but upon it the liar may weave his warp, his figure of detraction and scandal; and it comes out all in one piece, and no man can say that there is not some truth in it, though if the truth were picked out, the lie would stand by itself, a clean and absolute lie.
GEORGE BARRELL CHEEVER, "The Methods of Tale-Bearing and Corporate Lying", Christian Treasury, Volume 14
Scandals represent bad news and good news. The bad news is that something bad happened; the good news is that the perpetrator got caught. Scandals should be seen as an opportunity for the church to show it can act responsibly in the face of a scandal, because scandals are an inevitable part of life.
THOMAS REESE, "Scandals in the Catholic Church: Bad news and good news", National Catholic Reporter, September 20, 2017
Scandals are stories, cliffhangers that play out in real time. You have two sides, one saying this is not important and the other saying we know there's documented proof of wrongdoing.
DAVID DEWBERRY, "Is Donald Trump Jr.'s 'I love it' email a smoking gun or a distraction?", Washington Post, July 12, 2017
You're running for your life while the scandal's
Are burning the stairs
There's a fire in the western world
DEAD MOON, "Fire in the Western World", Strange Pray Tell
That a mouse of scandal whisks its foolish tail across the church's floor is not sufficient cause for clamorous leaping out of its windows.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
There is a sad propensity in our fallen nature to listen to the retailers of petty scandal. With many, it is the spice of conversation, the exhilarating gas of their minds. Without any intention of doing essential injury to a neighbor, a careless remark, relative to some minor fault of his, may be seized by a babbler, and, as it passes through the babbling tribe, each one adds to its bulk, and gives its color a darker hue, until it assumes the magnitude and blackness of base slander. Few are without visible faults--most persons are sometimes inconsistent. Upon these faults and mistakes petty scandal delights to feast.
HENRY F. KLETZING & ELMER L. KLETZING, "Slander", Traits of Character Illustrated in Bible Light
The mightier man, the mightier is the thing
What makes him honour'd, or begets him hate;
For greatest scandal waits on greatest state.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece
No one loves to tell a tale of scandal, but to him that loves to hear it.
GEORGE BERKELEY, attributed, Day's Collacon
Scandalous reports, says Boerhaave, are sparks, which if you do not blow them, will go out of themselves. They have, perhaps, been better compared to volcanic explosions, of which the lighter portions are dispersed by the winds, while the heavier fall back into the mouth whence they were ejected.
HORACE SMITH, The Tin Trumpet: Or, Heads and Tails for the Wise and Waggish
Scandal, like dirt, will rub out when dry.
SIR THOMAS BERNARD, attributed, Day's Collacon
Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
OSCAR WILDE, Lady Windermere's Fan
When scandal has new-minted an old lie,
Or tax'd invention for a fresh supply,
'Tis call'd a satire, and the world appears
Gathering around it with erected ears.
WILLIAM COWPER, Charity
And there's a lust in man no charm can tame
Of loudly publishing our neighbour's shame;
On eagles' wings immortal scandals fly,
While virtuous actions are but borne to die.
Scandal often stings itself.
BISHOP LESLIE, attributed, Day's Collacon
In the land of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, one brave and honest man is bound to create a scandal.
EDWARD ABBEY, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast
There'll be a scandal, the tongues of the whole district will buzz with gossip, but it's better to go through a scandal, isn't it, than to destroy yourself for your whole life.
ANTON CHEKHOV, Ivanov