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Slander Sayings and Quotes

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

The tongue of slander is too prompt with wanton malice to wound the stranger.


It is not wise to keep the fire going under a slander unless you can get some large advantage out of keeping it alive. Few slanders can stand the wear of silence.

Mark Twain

Slander meets no regard from noble minds; only the base believe what the base only utter.

John Bellers

Slander is the tool of cowards.      

Vanna Bonta

Slander by the stream will be heard by the frogs.

Mozambican Proverb

Slander, whose whisper over the world's diameter, as level as the cannon to its blank, transports its poisoned shot.     

William Shakespeare

Slander piles itself before the door of a widow.

Chinese Proverb

If slander be a snake, it is a winged one, it flies as well as creeps.

Douglas William Jerrold

The proper way to check slander is to despise it; attempt to overtake and refute it, and it will outrun you.

Alexandre Dumas

Slander is an admission that you don't have anything else worthwhile to say. It is a clear indication of both your personal emotional bankruptcy and the paucity of whatever arguments you are advancing.     

Rebecca Hamilton

If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied.     

Abraham Lincoln

Remember, when incited to slander, that it is only he among you who is without sin that may cast the first stone.

Hosea Ballou

A slander is like a hornet; if you can't kill it dead the first time, better not strike at it.     

Josh Billings

Slander, in the strict meaning of the term, comes under the head of lying; but it is a kind of lying which, like its antithesis flattery, ought to be set apart for special censure.

Washington Gladden

Slander is more deadly than weapons; weapons wound from close range, slander hurts from a distance.

Hebrew Proverb

Slander is the revenge of a coward, and dissimulation of his defense.     

Samuel Johnson

Slander is a secret propensity of the mind to think ill of men, and afterwards to utter such sentiments in scandalous expressions.     


Slanders issuing from red and beautiful lips, are like foul and ugly spiders crawling from the blushing heart of a rose.

George Denison Prentice

Whoever listens to slander is himself a slanderer.     

Muhammad Ali

Slander is a most serious evil; it implies two who do wrong, and one who is doubly wronged.

Herod the Great

The slanders of the pen pierce to the heart; they rankle longest in the noblest spirits; they dwell ever present in the mind and render it morbidly sensitive to the most trifling collision.     

Washington Irving

Slander cannot destroy an honest man, when the flood recedes the rock is there.

Chinese Proverb

Quick-circulating slanders mirth afford; and reputation bleeds in every word.      

Charles Churchill

Slander is a poison which kills charity, both in the slanderer and the one who listens.      

Bernard of Clairvaux

Slander slays three people: the speaker, the spoken to, and the spoken of.     

Hebrew Proverb

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.


Slander lives upon succession, for ever housed where it gets possession.     

William Shakespeare

Slander-mongers and those who listen to slander, if I had my way, would all be strung up, the talkers by the tongue, the listeners by the ears.     


Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.     

Immanuel Kant

Slander is a vice that strikes a double blow; wounding both him that commits, and him against whom it is committed.     

Bernard-Joseph Saurin


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