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Mistakes, scandals, and failures no longer signal catastrophe. The crucial thing is that they be made credible, and that the public be made aware of the efforts being expended in that direction. The ''marketing'' immunity of governments is similar to that of the major brands of washing powder.

Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.

Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.

Nicolas Chamfort (1741-1794) French writer.

In the case of scandal, as in that of robbery, the receiver is always thought as bad as the thief.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.


I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) Spanish surrealist painter.

Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.

Karl Kraus (1874-1936) Austrian satirist.

Nor do they trust their tongue alone, but speak a language of their own; can read a nod, a shrug, a look, far better than a printed book; convey a libel in a frown, and wink a reputation down.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.

Mae West (1892-1980) American actress and playwright.

One should never make one's debut with a scandal. One should reserve that to give an interest to one's old age.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.