|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Vana quoque ad veros accessit fama timores.|
Idle rumors were also added to well-founded apprehensions.
LucanPharsalia. I. 469.
|Hi narrata ferunt alio; mensuraque ficti|
Crescit et auditus aliquid novus adjicit auctor.
Some report elsewhere whatever is told them; the measure of fiction always increases, and each fresh narrator adds something to what he has heard.
OvidMetamorphoses. XII. 57.
|Nam inimici famam non ita ut nata est ferunt.|
Enemies carry a report in form different from the original.
PlautusPersa. III. 1. 23.
|The flying rumours gatherd as they rolld,|
Scarce any tale was sooner heard than told;
And all who told it added something new,
And all who heard it made enlargements too.
PopeTemple of Fame. L. 468.
|I cannot tell how the truth may be;|
I say the tale as twas said to me.
ScottLay of the Last Minstrel. Canto II. St. 22.
| I will be gone:|
That pitiful rumour may report my flight,
To coasolate thine ear.
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 129.
| Rumour is a pipe|
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Induction. L. 15.
|Rumour doth double, like the voice and echo,|
The numbers of the feard.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 97.
|The rolling fictions grow in strength and size,|
Each author adding to the former lies.
SwiftTr. of Ovid. Examiner, No. 15.
|What some invent the rest enlarge.|
SwiftJournal of a Modern Lady.
|Ad calamitatem quilibet rumor valet.|
Every rumor is believed against the unfortunate.
|Haud semper erret fama; aliquando et elegit.|
Rumor does not always err; it sometimes even elects a man.
| There is nothing which cannot be perverted by being told badly.|
TerencePhormio. Act IV.
| Tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.|
I Timothy. V. 13.
|Extemplo Libyæ magnas it Fama per urbes:|
Fama malum quo non velocius ullum;
Mobilitate viget, viresque acquirit eundo;
Parva metu primo; mox sese attollit in auras,
Ingrediturque solo, et caput inter nubilia condit.
* * * * * *
Monstrum, horrendum ingens; cui quot sunt corpore plumæ
Tot vigiles oculi subter, mirabile dictu,
Tot linguæ, totidem ora sonant, tot subrigit aures.
Straightway throughout the Libyan cities flies rumor;the report of evil things than which nothing is swifter; it flourishes by its very activity and gains new strength by its movements; small at first through fear, it soon raises itself aloft and sweeps onward along the earth. Yet its head reaches the clouds. * * * A huge and horrid monster covered with many feathers: and for every plume a sharp eye, for every pinion a biting tongue. Everywhere its voices sound, to everything its ears are open.
VergilÆneid. IV. 173.
|Fama volat parvam subito vulgata per urbem.|
The rumor forthwith flies abroad, dispersed throughout the small town.
VergilÆneid. VIII. 554.
|Linguæ centum sunt, oraque centum|
It (rumour) has a hundred tongues, a hundred mouths, a voice of iron.
VergilGeorgics. II. 44. (Adapted.)