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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Calumny
 
  Calomniez, calomniez; il en reste toujours quelque chose.
  Calumniate, calumniate; there will always be something which sticks.
        Beaumarchais—Barbier de Seville. Act III. 13.
  1
  Nihil est autem tam volucre, quam maledictum; nihil facilius emittitur; nihil citius excipitur, latius dissipatur.
  Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed.
        Cicero—Oratio Pro Cnœo Plancio. XXIII.
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Calumny is only the noise of madmen.
        Diogenes.
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  A nickname a man may chance to wear out; but a system of calumny, pursued by a faction, may descend even to posterity. This principle has taken full effect on this state favorite.
        Isaac D’Israeli—Amenities of Literature. The First Jesuits in England.
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Dens Theonina.
  Like Theon (i.e. a calumniating disposition).
        Horace—Epistles. Bk. I. 18. 82.
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  There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage.
        Napoleon I.
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Virtue itself ’scapes not calumnious strokes.
        Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 38.
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  Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.
        Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 138.
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No might nor greatness in mortality
Can censure ’scape; back-wounding calumny
The whitest virtue strikes. What king so strong,
Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue?
        Measure for Measure. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 146.
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          Calumny will sear
Virtue itself;—these shrugs, these hums, and ha’s.
        Winter’s Tale. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 73.
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