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.
Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman
In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.
Author: George Bancroft (1800-1891)
Profession: American Historian
Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens.
Author: St. Bernard (1090-1153)
Profession: French Theologian and Reformer
Backbite. To "speak of a man as you find him" when he can't find you.
Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"
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.
Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat
A generous confession disarms slander.
Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)
Profession: British Clergyman, Author
Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination.
Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
Profession: British Essayist
A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
Profession: Greek Historian
If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.
Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Profession: British Author
You have got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it is called mudslinging.
Author: Fritz Mondale
Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
Profession: Greek Philosopher
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.
Author: Titus Maccius Plautus
Profession: Roman Comic Poet
To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
Author: Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845)
Profession: American Poet, Critic, short-story Writer
Slander expires at a good woman's door.
Author: Danish Proverb
Profession: Sayings of Danish Origin
Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor