Just One More Scandal

Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Just One More Scandal

The first attribute that characterizes the greater man from the moron is his thicker layer of inhibition. ~ Martin H. Fischer

It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all. ~ Moliere

Whoever wants to hide a big scandal is best to stage a small one. ~ Friedrich Dürrenmatt

There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us. ~ Francis H. Bradley

In the land of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, one brave and honest man is bound to create a scandal. ~ Edward Abbey

Sometimes the scandal is not what law was broken, but what the law allows. ~ Edward Snowden

If hours did not hang heavy, what would become of scandal? ~ George Bancroft

The problem with making an extrinsic reward the only destination that matters is that some people will choose the quickest route there, even if it means taking the low road. Indeed, most of the scandals and misbehavior that have seemed endemic to modern life involve shortcuts. ~ Daniel H. Pink

If something is leaked to the press, the bigmouth will be tracked down and punished. Scandals aren’t public scandals if you get there before you enemies do. ~ Mike Royko, “Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago”

Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values – and witnesses. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Never may a man prone to believe scandal be a despot or a popular leader! Under his guidance, democracy itself will be despotism. ~ Apollonius of Tyana

A lie has no leg, but a scandal has wings. ~ Thomas Fuller

Longevity conquers scandal every time. ~ Shelby Foote

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. ~ Oscar Wilde

Gossip isn’t scandal and it’s not merely malicious. It’s chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. ~ Phyllis McGinley

The improbability of a malicious story serves but to help forward the currency of it, because it increases the scandal. So that, in such instances, the world is like the pious St. Austin, who said he believed some things because they were absurd and impossible. ~ Laurence Sterne

How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true. ~ Logan P. Smith

Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise. ~ Alexander Pope

Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me. ~ Michel de Montaigne

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What makes resisting temptation difficult for many people is they don’t want to discourage it completely. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to. ~ Oscar Wilde

If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength. ~ La Rochefoucauld

Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch. ~ Robert Orben

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is… A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. ~ C. S. Lewis

Self-command is the main elegance. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted. ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there. ~ Yogi Berra

I want to grow up and do something cool with my life, such as build an orphanage in a third world country like all those saintly Hollywood celebrities. That or, like, cause a scandal and become mega-famous. ~ Shirley Marr

Happy is he who causes a scandal. ~ Salvador Dalí

Be prepared, and be careful not to do your good deeds when there’s no one watching you. ~ Tom Lehrer

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. ~ Sir William Osler

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. ~ Josh Billings

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it. ~ James Russell Lowell

There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty. ~ George Farquhar

One day, I want enough money to be at the center of a corruption scandal. ~ Gil A. Waters

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. ~ Henry Fielding

Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal. ~ Josh Billings

There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out. ~ Mae West

My color is black. And black, if it’s worn right, is a scandal. ~ Sonia Rykiel

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. ~ Nicolas Chamfort

Any time there’s a scandal we always try and get involved. ~ Larry Flynt

Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords – philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather. ~ Anna Jameson

I hope there’s a tinge of disgrace about me. Hopefully, there’s one good scandal left in me yet. ~ Diana Rigg

Scandal is what one half of the world takes pleasure inventing, and the other half in believing. ~ Paul Chatfield

In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief. ~ Lord Chesterfield

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. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Calumnies are not easily suppressed, when they are once become general. They are kept alive and supported by the malice of bad, and, sometimes, by the zeal of good men, who though they’d not absolutely believe them, think it yet the securest method to keep not only guilty, but suspected men out of public employments, upon this principle, that the safety of many is to be preferred before the advantage of few. ~ Samuel Johnson

As everyone is pleased with imagining that he knows something not yet commonly divulged, secret history easily gains credit; but it is for the most part believed only while it circulates in whispers, and when once it is openly told, is openly refuted. ~ Samuel Johnson

No merit, however exalted, is exempt from being attacked, but wounded, by the most contemptible whispers. Those who cannot strike with force, can, however, poison their weapon, and, weak as they are, give mortal wounds, and bring a hero to the grave; so true is that observation, that many are able to do hurt, but few do good ~ Samuel Johnson

Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people. ~ Saki