Slander Proverbs

Sayings about Slander

It is easier to get a chicken back in the egg than to undo a slander. ~ Chinese Proverbs

Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs. ~ Mozambican Proverb

Slander slays three persons: the speaker, the spoken to, and the spoken of. ~ Hebrew Proverb

Slander expires at a good woman’s door. ~ Danish Proverbs

Set a watch over thy mouth, and keep the door of thy lips, for a tale-bearer is worse than a thief. ~ Proverb

Slander piles itself before the door of a widow. ~ Chinese Proverb

He who slanders his neighbor makes a rod for his own back. ~ Dutch Proverbs

Slander is more deadly than weapons; weapons wound from close range, slander hurts from a distance. ~ Hebrew Proverb

Mockery is the flashing of slander. ~ Chinese Proverb

Slander cannot destroy an honest man: when the flood recedes the rock is there. ~ Chinese Proverb

Danish Proverb

Quotations about Slander

Let nobody speak mischief of anybody. ~ Plato

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

Slander lives upon succession, forever housed where it gets possession. ~ William Shakespeare

What is slander? A verdict of “guilty” pronounced in the absence of the accused, with closed doors, without defense or appeal, by an interested and prejudiced judge. ~ Joseph Roux

There is no protection against slander. ~ Moliere

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

Listen not to a tale-bearer or slanderer, for he tells thee nothing out of good-will; but as he discovereth of the secrets of others, so he will of thine in turn. ~ Socrates

There is no slander in an allowed fool, though he do nothing but rail. ~ William Shakespeare

A generous confession disarms slander. ~ Thomas Fuller

Those who, without knowing us, think or speak evil of us, do no harm; it is not us they attack, but the phantom of their own imagination. ~ Jean de la Bruyere

In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person. ~ George Bancroft

He who slings mud generally loses ground. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson

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

Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of Time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee. ~ Immanuel Kant

Slander is a most serious evil; it implies two who do wrong, and one who is doubly wronged. ~ Herod the Great

Slanderers do not hurt me, because they do not hit me. ~ Socrates

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

Slander, in the strict meaning of the term, comes under the head of lying; but it is a kind of lying which, like its antithesis flattery, ought to be set apart for special censure. ~ Washington Gladden

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

It takes an enemy and a friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart. The one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you. ~ Mark Twain

If slander be a snake, it is a winged one–it flies as well as creeps. ~ Douglas William Jerrold

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

Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation his defence. ~ Samuel Johnson

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. ~ Titus Maccius Plautus

Slander, whose whisper over the world’s diameter, as level as the cannon to its blank, transports its poisoned shot. ~ William Shakespeare

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

Slander is a vice that strikes a double blow, wounding both him that commits and him against whom it is committed. ~ Bernard Joseph Saurin

There would not be so many open mouths if there were not so many open ears. ~ Joseph Hall

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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. ~ Joseph Addison

Slander is perhaps the only vice which no circumstance can palliate, as well as being one which we are most ingenious in concealing from ourselves. ~ Jean Baptiste Massillon

If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written. ~ Samuel Johnson

What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it. ~ Oscar Wilde

Cut men’s throats with whisperings. ~ Ben Jonson

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

Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens. ~ St. Bernard

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 worthiest people are the most injured by slander, as is the best fruit which the birds have been pecking at. ~ Jonathan Swift

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

A slander is like a hornet; if you cannot kill it dead the first blow, better not strike at it. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

On Rumor’s tongue continual slanders ride. ~ William Shakespeare

It is harder to kill a whisper than even a shouted calumny. ~ Mary W. Stewart

No sword bites so fiercely as an evil tongue. ~ Sydney

Those men who carry about and who listen to accusations, should all be hanged, if so it could be at my decision–the carriers by their tongues, the listeners by their ears. ~ Plautus

Slander Proverbs

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