Gossip is always a personal confession either of malice or imbecility.
Josiah Gilbert Holland
What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
Edgar Watson Howe
Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.
We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
Cato the Elder
That which is everybody's business is nobody's business.
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
James Truslow Adams
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
Of every ten persons who talk about you, nine will say something bad, and the tenth will say something good in a bad way.
"never explain yourself...your friends don't need it and enemies won't care."
"a true friend only believes the stuff you say not what other people say"
"if it were up to me I'd put duct tape around everyone's mouth so they couldn't talk"
"I shouldn't have to explain myself...YOU should be the one telling ME why you believed what you heard"
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. ~Bertrand Arthur William Russell, On Education, 1926
If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue. ~Alice Duer Miller
The easiest way to keep a secret is without help. ~Author Unknown
Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to. ~Author Unknown
Gossip needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around. ~Frank A. Clark
It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business. ~Dolley Madison
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly becomes any of us
To talk about the rest of us.
~Edward Wallis Hoch
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it. ~Napoleon I, Maxims
There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true. ~Winston Churchill
A stranger stabs you in the front. A boyfriend stabs you in the heart. An enemy stabs you in the back but real friends don’t carry knives.
I’m sorry. Did my back hurt your knife?
If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.
If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.
In the end you’ll figure out who’s fake and who’s true and who would risk it all for you.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Hope that helps.