Gossip Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gossip quotes, gossip sayings, and gossip proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A dog that will fetch a bone, will carry a bone.      

R. Forby (1830) on gossip

Anyone who will gossip to you, will gossip about you.      


Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.      


Four horses cannot overtake the tongue.      

Chinese (on gossip)

If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.      

Harry Truman (1884-1972)

It is easier to dam a river than to stop gossip.      

Moro (Filipino) (on gossip)

Little said is soonest mended.      

George Wither (1588-1667)

Never apologize before you are accused.      

Charles I of Great Britain (1600-1649)

Not everything you hear is good for talk.      

Japanese (on gossip)

Prophecy is the most gratuitous form of error.      

George Eliot (1819-1880)

The house of the loud talker, leaks.      

African proverb Zulu Tribe

Where there is smoke there is fire.      


Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles.      

Korean (on gossip)

Words once spoken can never be recalled.      

Wentworth Dillon (c.1633-1685)

Words spoken are like eggs broken.

Sheri Glewen

You can't sew buttons on your neighbor's mouth.      

Russian (on gossip)

What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.

Jewish Proverb

What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away.

Chinese Proverb

Gossip is saying behind their back what you would not say to their face. Flattery is saying to their face what you would not say behind their back.


If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

Khalil Gibran

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends, you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.

Alice Duer Miller

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.


It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.     

Lawrence G. Lovasik

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't.

Earl Wilson

Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.

Joseph Conrad

Gossip needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth that shouldn't be passed around.

Frank A. Clark

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Henry Thomas Buckle

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.

Marie Curie

Gossip is just a tool to distract people who have nothing better to do from feeling jealous of those few of us still remaining with noble hearts.

Anna Godbersen