A collection of gossip quotes reminding you of how harmful and hurtful gossips can be and help you say no to rumors.
Gossip is a bad habit that can destroy a relationship, deeply hurt and break a person.
I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had our experience with gossips and rumors.
At some point, you may have been tempted to share something private about another person, or often, we may find ourselves caught up in gossips and rumors just because we are afraid to walk away from our friends discussing private matters or lies about someone – because we don’t want them to see us as “not fun”.
I get it. I too had a very bad experience with gossip. It made me realize just how damaging and harmful gossips and rumors can be.
They can easily break a person and shatter one’s confidence.
May these quotes below remind you of the damage that is caused by taking part in gossips, may it encourage you to focus on yourself and your journey instead and have the courage to walk away from meaningless conversations that can hurt someone.
Here are 70+ Gossip Quotes and Sayings
Gossip is the devil’s telephone. Best to just hang up.
— Moira Rose, Schitt’s Creek
Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.
— Joyce Meyer
How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.
— Steve Maraboli
Often those that criticise others reveal what he himself lacks.
— Shannon L. Alder
Gossip is the Devil’s radio.
— George Harrison
No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.
— Bertrand Russell
Gossip is a very dangerous tool. We should be more wary of the gossiper, and not the gossip they’re trying to relay to you.
— John Lydon
Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.
— Paulo Coelho
Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don’t.
— Earl Wilson
Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.
Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.
— Frank A. Clark
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
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
— Marie Curie
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
— Mother Teresa
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
— Henry David Thoreau
Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?
— Sean Covey
Often people that criticise your life are usually the same people that don’t know the price you paid to get where you are today. True friends see the full picture of your soul.
— Shannon Alder
Someone who smiles too much with you can sometime frown too much with you at your back.
— Michael Bassey Johnson
Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
— Joseph Conrad
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
Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
— Don Miguel Ruiz
Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.
— Oscar Wilde
People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won’t be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that’s present.
— Blake Lively
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
Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
Gossip Quotes and Quotes about Gossips and Rumors
Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.
— Will Rogers
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
— Gautama Buddha
Gossiping and lying go hand in hand.
Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
— Will Rogers
He gossips habitually; he lacks the common wisdom to keep still that deadly enemy of man, his own tongue.
— Mark Twain
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
— Erica Jong
What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.
— Jewish Proverb
In small towns, news travels at the speed of boredom.
— Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Words, once spoken, can never be recalled.
— Wentworth Dillon
Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.
The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.
— Will Rogers
They have the unique ability to listen to one story and understand another.
— Pandora Poikilos
Gossip, as usual, was one-third right and two-thirds wrong.
— L.M. Montgomery
It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper.
— Errol Flynn
When it comes to gossip, I have to readily admit men are as guilty as women.
— Marilyn Monroe
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
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly becomes any of us to talk about the rest of us.
— Edward Wallis Hoch
One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.
— Michael J. Fox
We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.
— Cato the Elder
Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It’s gossip.
— Erma Bombeck
I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.
— Benjamin Franklin
If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.
More Gossip Quotes and Rumor Sayings
A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
Nobody can buy a hat without gossiping.
— Diana Wynne Jones
Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
— Jane Austen
While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.
— Andrea Dworkin
Be warned: A person content to sit with you and criticize others will speak critically of you out of earshot.
— Richelle E. Goodrich
Often people that say they “don’t care” actually do. The moment they discuss you with their friends and family, compete with you, bad mouth you to others or react to anything you do or say is when they give themselves away. You can either be saddened or flattered that you affected someone so much. The perspective is yours to determine.
— Shannon L. Alder
It’s only gossip if you repeat it. Until then, it’s gathering information.
— Mercedes Lackey
What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away.
— Chinese Proverb
History is idle gossip about a happening whose truth is lost the instant it has taken place.
— Gore Vidal
A boomerang returns back to the person who throws it. But first, while moving in a circle, it hits its target. So does gossip.
— Vera Nazarian
If talk is cheap, then being silent is expensive. And many people it seems, can’t afford to buy into it.
— Anthony Liccione
Rumour is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it.
— William Shakespeare
Who brings a tale takes two away.
— Irish Proverb
We reveal most about ourselves when we speak about others.
— Kamand Kojouri
Never judge someone’s character based on the words of another. Instead, study the motives behind the words of the person casting the bad judgment.
— Suzy Kassem
Women shouldn’t judge each others lives, if we haven’t been through one another’s fires.
— Lisa Taddeo
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
Insecure people only eclipse your sun because they’re jealous of your daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights.
— Shannon L. Alder
Anyone who will gossip to you, will gossip about you.
Free your life from the fangs of gossips by not associating yourself with them. Anyone who helps you to gossip about someone can also help someone to gossip about you.
— Israelmore Ayivor
If I maintain my silence about my secret it is my prisoner… if I let it slip from my tongue, I am its prisoner.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
All the whispering, glaring, pointing and judging makes them no better than whoever or whatever it is they’re gossiping about.
— Tiffany King
The worst thing about talk … is that there’s no way to lay it to rest. Every fresh breeze brings a new speculation.
— Susan Wittig Albert