Revisiting Scandal

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – Revisiting Scandal

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

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

Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal. ~ Josh Billings

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

Longevity conquers scandal every time. ~ Shelby Foote

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 gossip made tedious by morality. ~ Oscar Wilde

Mistakes, scandals, and failures no longer signal catastrophe. The crucial thing is that they be made credible, and that the public be made aware of the efforts being expended in that direction. The marketing immunity of governments is similar to that of the major brands of washing powder. ~ Jean Baudrillard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy is he who causes a scandal. ~ Salvador Dalí

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

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

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

Praise undeserv’d is scandal in disguise. ~ Alexander Pope

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