An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
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.
Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
History is made in the class struggle and not in bed.
I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.
In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.
It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all.
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.
Nor do they trust their tongue alone, but speak a language of their own; can read a nod, a shrug, a look, far better than a printed book; convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down.
Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.
One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age.
Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.
Scandal dies sooner of itself, than we could kill it.
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.
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.
Scandal is what one half of the world takes pleasure inventing, and the other half in believing.
Scandal: gossip made tedious by morality.
There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.
There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.