85 Gossip Quotes and Sayings to Read and Avoid Gossiping

Gossip is a casual conversation about other people that usually contains information that can’t be independently confirmed as true.

One of the reasons why gossiping is bad is that the other person’s reputation might get harmed.

Gossip is an inherent part of human nature and can serve both positive and negative roles.

Often, gossip is a tool for bonding, as people tend to grow closer when discussing others.


However, it’s important to recognize that it can also be harmful and even tantamount to bullying.

Gossip is deemed for small-minded people and the understanding of this fact helps individuals step away from unnecessary drama.

These Gossip Quotes and Sayings will help you to avoid gossiping.

Best Gossip Quotes

Today’s gossip is tomorrow’s headline. ~ ~ Walter Winchell.

A dog that will fetch a bone, will carry a bone. ~ R. Forby.

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. ~ Marie Curie.


Gossip needs no carriage. ~ Russian Proverb.

Gossip serves no purpose other than to hear yourself talk. ~ Catherine Pulsifer.

Whispered insinuations are the rhetoric of the devil. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all. ~ Aesop.

He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue ~ Mark Twain.

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword. ~ Robert Burton.


A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run. ~ Ouida.

It takes your enemy and your 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.

To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea. ~ Henry David Thoreau.

Everyone in a crowd has the power to throw dirt: nine out of ten have the inclination. ~ William Hazlitt.

Great Gossip Quotes

The worst thing about talk … is that there’s no way to lay it to rest. Every fresh breeze brings a new speculation. ~ Susan Wittig Albert.


Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys. ~ Joseph Conrad.

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 1 miles away. ~ Chinese Proverb.

It is presumptuous to draw conclusions about a person from what one has heard. ~ Jude Morgan.

Not everything you hear is good for talk. ~ A Japanese Proverb.


People want to hear the gossip. They don’t want to hear about the shots. ~ Jamie Kennedy.

Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks. ~ Shannon L. Alder.

We should have great peace if we did not busy ourselves with what others say and do. ~ Thomas a Kempis.

While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact. ~ Andrea Dworkin.

If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody come sit next to me. ~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth.


Little said is soonest mended. ~ George Wither.

If you are prone to gossip, you may want to reexamine your own needs and wants. ~ Byron Pulsifer.

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Famous Gossip Quotes

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don’t. ~ Earl Wilson.

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.


Gossip is always a personal confession, either of malice or imbecility. ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland.

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center. ~ Dwight Eisenhower.

What is it to thee what they whisper there? Come after me and let the people talk. ~ Dante Alighieri.

Never listen to accounts of the frailties of others; and if anyone should complain to you of another, humbly ask him not to speak of him at all. ~ St. John of the Cross.

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. ~ Henry Thomas Buckle.


The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them. ~ Will Rogers.

I never gossip. I observe. And then relay my observations to practically everyone. ~ Gail Carriger.

Powerful Gossip Quotes

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~ Henry Fielding.

Do not listen gleefully to gossip at your neighbor’s expense or chatter to a person who likes to find fault. ~ Maximus the Confessor.


Gossip is like a fired bullet – once you hear the sound, you can’t take it back. ~ Lori Palatnik.

If I maintain my silence about my secret it is my prisoner… if I let it slip from my tongue, I am it’s prisoner. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer.

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order. ~ Francis Bacon.

Gossip is just a tool to distract people who have nothing better to do from feeling jealous of those few of us still remaining with noble hearts. ~ Anna Godbersen.

When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women. ~ Marilyn Monroe.


Anyone who will gossip to you, will gossip about you. ~ Unknown.

That which is everybody’s business is nobody’s business. ~ Izaak Walton.

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker. ~ George Eliot.

How these curiosities would be quite forgot, did not such idle fellows as I am put them down. ~ John Aubrey.


The biggest liar in the world is They Say. ~ Douglas Malloch.

Doesn’t matter what you do, or how you do it, your neighbors are gonna talk about you anyway. ~ Felder Rushing.

It is a matter of great interest what sovereigns are doing; but as to what Grand Duchesses are doing – Who cares? ~ Napoleon I.

Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around. ~ Frank A. Clark.


Words once spoken can never be recalled. ~ Wentworth Dillon.

A boomerang returns back to the person who throws it. But first, while moving in a circle, it hits its target. So does gossip. ~ Vera Nazarian.

How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy. ~ Marcus Aurelius.

Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear. ~ Paulo Coelho.

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues. ~ Bertrand Russell.


Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind. ~ Unknown.

The house of the loud talker, leaks. ~ African proverb Zulu Tribe.

Some secrets are fires so scorching, the only way to quench the burn is to tell someone. ~ Terri Guillemets.

Enter rumor, painted full of tongues. ~ William Shakespeare.

Profound Gossip Quotes

Who brings a tale takes two away. ~ Irish Proverb.


It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper. ~ Errol Flynn.

Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. ~ Unknown.

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies. ~ Jane Austen.

Gossip is saying behind their back what you would not say to their face. Flattery is saying to their face what you would not say behind their back. ~ Unknown.

Words spoken are like eggs broken. ~ Sheri Glewen.


The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught. ~ Lemony Snicket.

Believe nothing against another, but upon good authority; nor report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to others to conceal it. ~ William Penn.

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say but can’t, and the other half of people who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. ~ Robert Frost.

There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. ~ Oscar Wilde.

Top Gossip Quotes

Someone who smiles too much with you can sometime frown too much with you at your back. ~ Michael Bassey Johnson.


Gossip, as usual, was one-third right and two-thirds wrong. ~ L.M. Montgomery.

Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules. ~ Douglas Adams.

Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles. ~ Korean Proverb.

You can’t sew buttons on your neighbor’s mouth. ~ Russian Proverb.

What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth. ~ Jewish Proverb.

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip. ~ Richard Steele.


Gossip is the Devil’s radio. ~ George Harrison.

Four horses cannot overtake the tongue. ~ Chinese Proverb.

Rumor is a loud liar, like a snowball that gathers as it goeth. ~ John Trapp.

Like all gossip – it’s merely one of those half-alive things that try to crowd out real life. ~ E.M. Forster.


Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. ~ Oscar Wilde.

If all men knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world. ~ Blaise Pascal.

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. ~ Khalil Gibran.

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them. ~ Cato the Elder.

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