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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Busybodies
 
  They learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also, and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Bible.    
  1
  A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of the bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
Pope.    
  2
  He is a treacherous supplanter and underminer of the peace of all families and societies. This being a maxim of an unfailing truth, that nobody ever pries into another man’s concerns but with a design to do, or to be able to do him a mischief.
South.    
  3
  His tongue, like the tail of Samson’s foxes, carries firebrands, and is enough to set the whole field of the world on a flame. Himself begins table-talk of his neighbor at another’s board, to whom he bears the first news, and abjures him to conceal the reporter; whose choleric answer he returns to his first host, enlarged with a second edition; so as it used to be done in the fight of unwilling mastiffs, he claps each on the side apart, and provokes them to an eager conflict.
Bishop Hall.    
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