It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.
If slander be a snake, it is a winged one - it flies as well as creeps.
For 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.
Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation of his defense.
There are robberies that leave man or woman forever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer.
The worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as is the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at.
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.
The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam
Backbite: To ''speak of a man as you find him'' when he can't find you.
A slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead at the first blow, better not to strike at it.
Your tittle-tattlers, and those who listen to slander, by my good will should all be hanged - the former by their tongues, the latter by the ears.
Where it concerns himself, Who's angry at a slander, makes it true.
Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.
This is not a book in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty... what you will.
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander
Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.
Slander-mongers and those who listen to slander, if I had my way, would all be strung up, the talkers by the tongue, the listeners by the ears.
Cut Men's throats with whisperings.
Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.
In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.