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Slander, in the strict meaning of the term, comes under the head of lying; but it is a kind of lying which, like its antithesis flattery, ought to be set apart for special censure.
      - Washington Gladden

There is evil enough in man, God knows; but it is not the mission of every young man and woman to detail and report it all. Keep the atmosphere as pure as possible, and fragrant with gentleness and charity.
      - John Hall

There would not be so many open mouths if there were not so many open ears.
      - Joseph Hall

There is a lust in man no charm can tame,
  Of loudly publishing his neighbour's shame;--
    On eagle's wing immortal scandals fly,
      While virtuous actions are but born and die.
      - Ella Louisa Harvey

Any one who is much talked of be much maligned. This seems to be a harsh conclusion; but when you consider how much more given men are to depreciate than to appreciate, you will acknowledge that there is some truth in the saying.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Slander is a most serious evil; it implies two who do wrong, and one who is doubly wronged.
      - Herod the Great

A generous heart repairs a slanderous tongue.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. VIII, l. 43), (Pope's translation)

Defamation is becoming a necessity of life; inasmuch as a dish of tea in the morning or evening cannot be digested without this stimulant.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Slugs crawl and crawl over our cabbages, like the world's slander over a good name. You may kill them, it is true; but there is the slime.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

If slander be a snake, it is a winged one--it flies as well as creeps.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Specimen's of Jerrold's Wit--Slander

Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation his defence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Cut men's throats with whisperings.
      - Ben Jonson

They talk as they are wont, not as I merit; traduce by custom, as most dogs do bark.
      - Ben Jonson

Where it concerns himself,
  Who's angry at a slander, makes it true.
      - Ben Jonson, Catiline (act III, sc. 1)

  Men's throats with whisperings.
      - Ben Jonson, Sejanus (act I, sc. 1)

Slander is the solace of malignity.
      - Joseph Joubert

Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of Time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
      - Immanuel Kant

Those who, without knowing us, think or speak evil of us, do no harm; it is not us they attack, but the phantom of their own imagination.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Close thine ear against him that shall open his mouth secretly against another. If thou receivest not his words, they fly back and wound the reporter. If thou dost receive them, they fly forward and wound the receiver.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Calumny would soon starve and die of itself if nobody took it in and gave it lodging.
      - Archbishop Robert Leighton

Slander is perhaps the only vice which no circumstance can palliate, as well as being one which we are most ingenious in concealing from ourselves.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

There is no protection against slander.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Believe nothing against another, but on good authority; nor report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to another to conceal it.
      - William Penn

Enemies carry about slander, not in the form in which it took its rise. * * * The scandal of men is everlasting; even then does it survive when you would suppose it to be dead.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Those men who carry about and who listen to accusations, should all be hanged, if so it could be at my decision--the carriers by their tongues, the listeners by their ears.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

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