Rumor

 

Virgil
“Rumor grows as it goes.”
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Horace
“Nothing is swifter than rumor.”
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Irish Proverb
“Who brings a tale takes two away.”
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Author Unknown
“The easiest way to keep a secret is without help.”
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Author Unknown
“Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to.”
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Douglas Malloch
“The biggest liar in the world is They Say.”
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Nellie Nae Batson
“Rumors are like a flame blown by the wind.”
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Bill Martus
“We need to get out of the rumor stage and into the facts.”
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Thomas Carlyle
“History is the distillation of rumor.”
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Edward Counsel
“Rumors generally grow deformed as they travel.”
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Jean-Noel Kapferer
“Rumors are the oldest form of mass media.”
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Charles R. Swindoll
“Those who feed on rumors are small, suspicious souls.”
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Roya R. Rad
“Rumors are mostly a projection of the individual who started them.”
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Ouida
“A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.”
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Kenneth D. Mcllroy
“Rumors are like wildfire; you are burned up before you know it.”
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John Tudor
“A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.”
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Will Rogers
“Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth”
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Shana Alexander
“Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell.”
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Author Unknown
“RUMOR, n. A favorite weapon of the assassins of character.
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Author Unknown
“Rumors are rumors because they are not true!”
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Jewish Proverb
“What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.”
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Chinese Proverb
“What is told in the ear of a man is often heard 100 miles away.”
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Bertrand Russell
“No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.”
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Josh Homme
“Foolishly play with the fires of rumor, only to risk being burned by its treacherous flames.”
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Edgar Watson Howe
When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars.
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Dolley Madison
“It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business.”
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Joseph Smith
“Rumor with her ten thousand tongues is diffusing her uncertain sounds in almost every ear..”
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Brian Koslow
“Never make negative comments or spread rumors about anyone. It depreciates their reputation and yours.”
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George Washington
“Serious misfortunes, originating in misrepresentation, frequently flow and spread before they can be dissipated by truth.”
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Kahlil Gibran
“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”
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Douglas Adams
“Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.”
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Rhys Bowen
“You know what rumors are like--like a jar full of moths. Once they escape, they're all over the place.”
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Mark Schindler
“Where the public wants to understand but does not receive any official answers, there are rumors. Rumors are the black market of information.”
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Terry Ann Knopf
“Old rumors never die; nor do they fade away. They simply lay dormant for a while until the next appropriate time appears.”
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Erich Goode and Nachman Ben-Yehuda
“Rumors are hearsay; they are told, believed, and passed on not because of the weight of evidence but because of the expectations by tellers that they are true in the first place.”

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Peter McWilliams
“The media tends to report rumors, speculations, and projections as facts... How does the media do this? By quoting some "expert"... you can always find some expert who will say something hopelessly hopeless about anything.”
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Benjamin Franklin
“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.”
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Tom Cruise
“Today, people can say anything they want. Suddenly it gets in the rumor mill and then it evolves and then somehow it becomes fact and you say, What is this? You know, why don't you ask me?”
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Joyce Hansen
“People who spread rumors are like walking infections. The lying words from their mouths spread like disease from person to person. The only way to stop the disease is to keep your mouth shut.”
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Howard W. Hunter
“How sacredly do [we] regard the good name of another?...Do we pass on spicy bits of entertaining conversation…repeating rumors and stories which have not been submitted to the test of truth?”
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Stephen Leigh
“Rumors are like lightning on summer tinder, producing flames that dance in flickering brilliance from person to person, sometimes flaring in great conflagrations of exaggeration before finally extinguishing themselves in the cold waters of fact.”
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Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis
“Rumors are often recycled. People rely on those narrative templates that have proved to be plausible and durable in the past. Rumors appear, are spread, and then disappear--ignored--until similar circumstances make the stories appropriate once again.”
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Cass R. Sunstein
“Rumors are nearly as old as human history, but with the rise of the Internet, they have become ubiquitous. In fact we are now awash in them. False rumors are especially troublesome; they impose real damage on individuals and institutions, and they often resist correction. They can threaten careers, policies, public officials, and sometimes even democracy itself.”
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Hebert Spencer
“Even the absurdest report may in nearly every instance be traced to an actual occurrence; and had there been no such actual occurrence, this preposterous misrepresentation of it would never have existed. Though the distorted or magnified image transmitted to us through the refracting medium of rumour, is utterly unlike the reality; yet in the absence of the reality there would have been no distorted or magnified image.”
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Marvin J. Ashton
“I am acquainted with a wife and mother who is chained securely at the present time to a life-style of murmuring and criticism. She is the first to point out faults in her husband or to repeat neighborhood gossip. How damaging is a habit that permits fault-finding, character assassination, and the sharing of malicious rumors! Gossip and caustic comments often create chains of contention. These chains may appear to be very small, but what misery and woe they can cause!
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Buddha
“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. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
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Marvin J. Ashton
“Even though reports and rumors pertaining to misconduct and misbehavior are readily available and can make good ammunition for those who would injure, bash, or damage, the Savior reminds us that he who is without sin may cast the first stone (see John 8:7). Ugly reports and conversations are always available to those who would promote the sordid and sensational. None of us is yet perfect. We each have failings that aren’t terribly difficult to detect—especially if that is the aim. Through microscopic examination one can find in almost every life incidents or traits that can be destructive when they are magnified.” (Conference Report, Apr. 1992, 23)
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