Scandal dies sooner of itself, than we could kill it.
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- Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
- Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
- One should never make one’s debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one’s old age.
- Scandal: gossip made tedious by morality.
- Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one’s neighbor is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; whereas a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unrelishing meat.
- Scandal is merely the compassionate allowance which the gay make to the humdrum. Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people.