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It takes an enemy and a friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart. The one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845) American poet, critic, and short-story writer.

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens


Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.

Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

Backbite: To ''speak of a man as you find him'' when he can't find you.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

A generous confession disarms slander.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.