Quotes of Defamation

“ It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you: the one to slander you, and the other to bring the news to you. ”

- Mark Twain

“ A little public scandal is good once in a while - takes the tension out of the news. ”

- Beryl Pfizer

“ I hate the man who builds his name On ruins of another's fame. ”

- John Gay

“ Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves. ”

- Betty Friedan

“ Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. ”

- Albert Einstein

“ Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ A slander is like a hornet; if you can't kill it dead the first time, better not strike at it. ”

- Henry Wheeler Shaw

“ Nor do they trust their tongue alone, but speak a language of their own; can read a nod, a shrug, a look, far better than a printed book; convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down. ”

- Jonathan Swift

“ One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens. ”

- St. Bernard

“ A man calumniated is doubly injured — first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it. ”

- Herodotus

“ Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this. ”

- Gustave Flaubert

“ Calumniate, calumniate; there will always be something which sticks. ”

- Pierre Beaumarchais

“ To persevere in one's duty and to be silent is the best answer to calumny. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ And there's a lust in man no charm can tameOf loudly publishing our neighbour's shame;On eagles' wings immortal scandals fly,While virtuous actions are but borne to die. ”

- Juvenal

“ The mind, conscious of innocence, despises false reports: but we are always ready to believe a scandal. ”

- Ovid

“ To converse with Scandal is to play at Losing Loadum, you must lose a good name to him, before you can win it for yourself. ”

- William Congreve

“ He rams his quill with scandal and with scoff, But 'tis so very foul, it won't go off. ”

- Edward Young

“ Soft-buzzing Slander; silly moths that eat An honest name. ”

- James Thomson

“ Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee. ”

- Immanuel Kant

“ I have much to say why my reputation should be rescued from the load of false accusation and calumny which has been heaped upon it. ”

- Robert Emmet

“ When I go to Rome, I fast on Saturday, but in Milan I do not. Do you also follow the custom of whatever church you attend, if you do not want to give or receive scandal. ”

- Saint Ambrose

“ Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. ”

- Timothy Dwight

“ Caused by a dearth of scandal should the vapors Distress our fair ones — let them read the prayers. ”

- David Garrick

“ O the disgrace of it! - / The scandal, the incredible come-down! ”

- Max Beerbohm

“ That's slander, and we all know that's against one of the Ten Commandments — bearing false witness. ”

- Liz Smith

“ You have got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it is called mudslinging. ”

- Fritz Mondale

“ Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise. ”

- Alexander Pope

“ An you had any eye behind you, you might see more detraction at your heels than fortunes before you. - Twelfth Night. Act ii. Sc. 5. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ If I can do it By aught that I can speak in his dispraise, She shall not long continue love to him. ”

- William Shakespeare
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