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It is always to be understood that a lady takes all you detract from the rest of her sex to be a gift to her.
      - Joseph Addison

There is nobody so weak of invention that cannot make some little stories to villify his enemy.
      - Joseph Addison

The tongue of slander is too prompt with wanton malice to wound the stranger.
      - Aeschylus

Remember, when incited to slander, that it is only he among you who is without sin that may cast the first stone.
      - Hosea Ballou

It is a pretty general rule that the medistante is a termagant in her household; and as for our own sex, in nine cases out of ten, the evil tongue belongs to a disappointed man.
      - George Bancroft

Slander is a complication, a comprisal and sum of all wickedness.
      - Isaac Barrow

Life would be a perpetual flea-hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, insinuations and suspicions which are uttered against him.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Slander meets no regard from noble minds; only the base believe what the base only utter.
      - John Bellers

Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law but a judge.
      - Bible, James (ch. IV, v. 11)

The surest method against scandal is to live it down by perseverance in well-doing, and by prayer to God that He would cure the distempered mind of those who traduce and injure us.
      - Herman Boerhaave

When the tongue of slander stings thee, let this be thy comfort,--they are not the worst fruits on which the wasps alight.
      - Gottfried Augustus Burger

The feeblest vermin can destroy,
  As sure as stoutest beasts of prey;
    And only with their eyes and breath
      Infect, and poison men to death.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Does not the law of Heaven say blood for blood?
  And he who taints kills more than he who sheds it.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Skilled by a touch to deepen scandal's tints,
  With all the kind mendacity of hints,
    While mingling truth with falsehood, sneers with smiles,
      A thread of candor with a web of wiles;
        A plain blunt show of briefly-spoken seeming,
          To hide her bloodless heart's soul-harden'd scheming;
            A lap of lies, a face formed to conceal;
              And, without feeling, mock at all who feel:
                With a vile mask the Gorgon would disown,
                  A cheek of parchment, and an eye of stone.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Slander is the balm of malignity.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Slanderers are at all events economical for they make a little scandal go a great way, and rarely open their mouths except at the expense of other people.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Quick-circulating slanders mirth afford; and reputation bleeds in every word.
      - Charles Churchill

To be continually subject to the breath of slander will tarnish the purest virtue, as a constant exposure to the atmosphere will obscure the brightness of the finest gold; but in either case the real value of both continues the same, although the currency may be somewhat impeded.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive.
      - Confucius

All slander must still be strangled in its birth, or time will soon conspire to make it strong enough to overcome the truth.
      - Sir William D'Avenant

The proper way to check slander is to despise it; attempt to overtake and refute it, and it will outrun you.
      - Alexandre Dumas pere

There are . . . robberies that leave man or woman forever beggared of peace and joy, yet kept secret by the sufferer.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        Felix Holt (introduction)

If any one tells you that such a person speaks ill of you, do not make excuse about what is said of you, but answer: "He was ignorant or my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."
      - Epictetus

The slander of some people is as great a recommendation as the praise of others.
      - Henry Fielding

I hate the man who builds his name
  On ruins of another's fame.
      - John Gay, The Poet and the Rose

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