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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.

Author: Herodotus

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.

Author: Plato

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