Tag Archives: Gossip

What People Say Of Me Behind My Back: Oscar Wilde

I don’t at all like knowing what people say of me behind my back. It makes me far too conceited. Oscar Wilde 1854-1900 An Ideal Husband (1895) The image is copyright: Brian A Jackson  via Shutterstock

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Newspapers: Rose Macaulay

You should always believe all you read in the newspapers, as this makes them so much more interesting. Rose Macaulay 1881-1958 A Casual Commentary (1926) The image is copyright: Volodymyr Leus via Shutterstock If she were writing today, Rose would … Continue reading

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Gossiping: Francesco Guicciardini

Impart to no one what you would not have all know. For some men are moved to tattle by various motives – some through folly, some for gain, some from an empty desire to be thought knowing. Francesco Guicciardini 1483-1540 … Continue reading

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Silence: Thomas Hardy

That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to. Thomas Hardy Under the Greenwood Tree ch. 14 The image is copyright: ollyy via Shutterstock

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Distracting The Attention: Ladies’ Home Journal

When a man tells you what people are saying about you, tell him  what people are saying about him; that will immediately take his mind off your troubles. E W Howe 1853-1937 Ladies Home Journal February 1949 The illustration is … Continue reading

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Village Life: Mr Bennet

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn? Mr Bennet Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 1775-1817 The illustration is copyright: Tomasz Trojanowski via Shutterstock

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Faults: Sara Teasdale

They came to tell your faults to me, They named them over one by one; I laughed aloud when they were done, I knew them all so well before, — Oh, they were blind, too blind to see Your faults … Continue reading

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