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[ Also see Abuse Babblers Criticism Falsehood Gossip Lying Malice Reputation Scandal Slander ]

Calumniate, calumniate; there will always be something which sticks.
  [Fr., Calumniez, calumniez; il en reste toujours quelque chose.]
      - Pierre Auguste Caron de Beaumarchais,
        Barbier de Seville (act III, 13)

I never think it necessary to repeat calumnies; they are sparks, which, if you do not blow them, will go out of themselves.
      - Herman Boerhaave

Something of calumny always sticks.
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Calumny is like the wasp which worries you, and which it is not best to try to get rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; for otherwise it returns to the charge more furious than ever.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Nothing is so swift as calumny, nothing is more easily propagated, nothing more readily credited, nothing more widely circulated.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed.
  [Lat., Nihil est autem tam voluere, quam maledictum; nihil facilius emittitur; nihil citius excipitur, latius dissipatur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXIII)

Calumniators are those who have neither good hearts nor good understandings. We ought not to think ill of any one till we have palpable proof; and even then we should not expose them to others.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Calumny crosses oceans, scales mountains and traverses deserts, with greater ease than the Scythian Abaris, and like him, rides upon a poisoned arrow.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The upright, if he suffer calumny to move him, fears the tongue of man more than the eye of God.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Calumny is only the noise of madmen.
      - Diogenes ("The Cynic")

The celebrated Boerhaave, who had many enemies, used to say that he never thought it necessary to repeat their calumnies. "They are sparks," said he, "which, if you do not blow them, will go out of themselves."
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumnity, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principal has taken full effect on this state favorite.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Amenities of Literature--The First Jesuits in England

The tempest is o'er-blown, the skies are clear,
  And the sea charm'd into a calm so still
    That not a wrinkle ruffles her smooth face.
      - John Dryden

A single seed of fact will produce in a season or two a harvest of calumnies; but sensible men will pay no attention to them.
      - James Anthony Froude

Like the tiger, that seldom desists from pursuing man after having once preyed upon human flesh, the reader who has once gratified his appetite with calumny makes ever after the most agreeable feast upon murdered reputations!
      - Oliver Goldsmith

See me, how calm I am.
  Ay, people are generally calm at the misfortunes of others.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Calumny is a monstrous vice: for, where parties indulge in it, there are always two that are actively engaged in doing wrong, and one who is subject to injury. The calumniator inflicts wrong by slandering the absent; he who gives credit to the calumny before he has investigated the truth is equally implicated. The person traduced is doubly injured--first by him who propagates, and secondly by him who credits the calumny.
      - Herodotus ("Father of History")

False praise can please, and calumny affright
  None but the vicious, and the hypocrite.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Like Theon (i.e., a calumniating disposition).
  [Lat., Dens Theonia.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (bk. I, 18, 82)

I am beholden to calumny, that she hath so endeavored and taken pains to belie me. It shall make me set a surer guard on myself, and keep a better watch upon my actions.
      - Ben Jonson

His calumny is not only the greatest benefit a rogue can confer on us, but the only service he will perform for nothing.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

One triumphs over calumny only by disdaining it.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

He that lends an easy and credulous ear to calumny is either a man of very ill morals or has no more sense and understanding than a child.
      - Menander

I never listen to calumnies, because if they are untrue I run the risk of being deceived, and if they be true, of hating persons not worth thinking about.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

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