Nihil est autem tam volucre, quam maledictum; nihil facilius emittitur; nihil citius excipitur, latius dissipatur. Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed. CiceroOratio Pro Cno Plancio. XXIII.
A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumny, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principle has taken full effect on this state favorite. Isaac DIsraeliAmenities of Literature. The First Jesuits in England.
No might nor greatness in mortality Can censure scape; back-wounding calumny The whitest virtue strikes. What king so strong, Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue? Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 146.