|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Whoever keeps an open ear|
For tattlers will be sure to hear
The trumpet of contention.
CowperFriendship. St. 17.
| 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 EliotDaniel Deronda. Bk. II. Ch. XIII.
|Tell tales out of school.|
HeywoodProverbs. Pt. I. Ch. X.
|Hes gone, and who knows how may he report|
Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?
MiltonSamson Agonistes. L. 1,350.
|Fabula (nec sentis) tota jactaris in urba.|
You do not know it but you are the talk of all the town.
OvidArt of Love. III. 1. 21.
| He that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.|
Proverbs. XVII. 9.
|This act is as an ancient tale new told;|
And, in the last repeating, troublesome,
Being urged at a time unseasonable.
King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 18.
|Foul whisperings are abroad.|
Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 79.
|If my gossip Report be an honest woman of her word.|
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 7.
|I heard the little bird say so.|
SwiftLetter to Stella. May 23, 1711.
| Tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.|
I Timothy. V. 13.
|Fama, malum quo non aliud velocius ullum,|
Mobilitate viget, viresque acquirit eundo.
Report, that which no evil thing of any kind is more swift, increases with travel and gains strength by its progress.
VergilÆneid. IV. 174.