The Persistent of Scandal

Sunday, October 16, 2016 – The Persistent of 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

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

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

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 undeserved is scandal in disguise. ~ Alexander Pope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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