Gossiping Sayings and Quotes

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

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.     

George Bernard Shaw

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.     

Sir Richard Steele

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

And all who told it added something new, And all who heard it made enlargements too.     

Alexander Pope

The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.     

Will Rogers

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.     

Bertrand Russell

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

Joseph Conrad

Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.     


Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.     

Spanish Proverb

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in.     

Will Rogers

Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.     

Publilius Syrus

Loose tongues are worse than wicked hands.     

Jewish Proverb

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

Yiddish Proverb

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

Frank A. Clark

Gossip about a person and his shadow will appear.     

Japanese Proverb

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

Kahlil Gibran

How awful to reflect that what people say of us is true!     

Logan Pearsall Smith

When of a gossiping circle it was asked, What are they doing? The answer was, Swapping lies.     

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Conversation is three women stand on the corner talking. Gossip is when one of them leaves.     

Herb Shriner

Who speaks ill of others to you will speak ill of you to others.     

German Proverb

There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.     

Winston Churchil

Gossip needs no carriage.     

Russian Proverb

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

Mark Twain

Gossip is sometimes referred to as halitosis of the mind.     


Of every ten persons who talk about you, nine will say something bad, and the tenth will say something good in a bad way.     

Antoine Rivarol

Your friend has a friend, and your friend's friend has another friend so know when to keep quiet.     

Jewish Proverb

If someone cannot even keep his own secrets, don't count on him to keep someone else's.     

Spanish Proverb

Alas! they had been friends in youth; but whispering tongues can poison truth.     

Samuel Taylor Coleridge