quotations about scandal
Scandals are the fertilizer of Western democracy.
DARIO FO, Accidental Death of an Anarchist
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
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
Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
HENRY FIELDING, Love in Several Masques
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
Were all the vexations of life put together, we should find that a great part of them proceed from those calumnies and reproaches we spread abroad concerning one another.
JOSEPH ADDISON, The Spectator, September 15, 1714
The mind, conscious of innocence, despises false reports: but we are always ready to believe a scandal.
Scandal is the sport of its authors, the dread of fools, and the contempt of the wise.
WILLIAM BENTON CLULOW, Aphorisms and Reflections: A Miscellany of Thought and Opinion
A scandal is a breeze whipped by two or more windbags.
E. C. MCKENZIE, 14,000 Quips & Quotes
If hours did not hang heavy, what would become of scandal? Time, the common enemy, must be passed, as the phrase is, and the phrase bears its own commentary ; and since the days of gladiators are gone by, what better substitute than blackening the reputation of the living?
GEORGE BANCROFT, Literary and Historical Miscellanies