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.

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


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

Korean (on gossip)

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

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


Four horses cannot overtake the tongue.      

Chinese (on gossip)

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

Moro (Filipino) (on gossip)

Not everything you hear is good for talk.      

Japanese (on gossip)

The house of the loud talker, leaks.      

African proverb Zulu Tribe

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

It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.     

Honoré de Balzac

Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.     

Shannon L. Alder

Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they're jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.     

Shannon L. Alder

Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.     


He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue     

Mark Twain

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.     

Cato the Elder

Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.     

George Eliot

How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbour says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.     

Marcus Aurelius

Doesn't matter what you do, or how you do it, your neighbors are gonna talk about you anyway.     

Felder Rushing