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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Slander
 
A slanderer and a snake of deadly poison have each two tongues.  Tamil.  1
Among wild animals the slanderer is most dangerous, among tame the flatterer.  Diogenes.  2
Avoid a slanderer as you would a scorpion.  3
Defaming or slandering others is the greatest of all sins.  4
For slander lives upon succession,
Forever housed where it once gets possession.  Shakespeare.
  5
He that uttereth a slander is a fool.  Bible.  6
He that gives himself leave to play with his neighbor’s fame may soon play it away.  7
He who blackens others does not whiten himself.  German.  8
He who repeats the ill he hears is the true slanderer.  9
He who slanders his neighbor makes a rod for himself.  Dutch.  10
If the ball do not stick to the wall yet it will leave some mark.  11
If you slander a dead man you stab him in his grave.  12
Jocular slanders often prove serious injuries.  13
Lay it on, some of it will stick.  14
Lay your hand on your bosom and you will not speak ill of another.  Portuguese.  15
Let him beat me too when I am absent.  (Remark of Socrates when a friend told him that an enemy had slandered him.)  16
Mary’s mouth costs her nothing for she never opens it but at others’ expense.  Franklin.  17
        No, ’tis slander
Whose edge is sharper than the sword; whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.  Shakespeare.
  18
Slander expires at a good woman’s door.  Danish.  19
Slander flings stones at itself.  20
Slander is a more cruel weapon than the sword, and its wounds are incurable.  Fielding.  21
Slanders are the devil’s bellows to blow up contentions.  22
Slander leaves a score behind it.  23
Slander, slander, some of it will stick.  24
Slander, that worst of poisons, ever finds
An easy entrance to ignoble minds.  Juvenal.
  25
Slander, the foulest whelp of sin.  Pollok.  26
Slander, whose edge is sharper than the sword.  27
Society produces not a more odious vermin than the slanderer.  Fielding.  28
Such as give ear to slanderers are worse than slanderers themselves.  Domitian.  29
The greatest slanderers are the most impatient of censure.  Warton.  30
The only difference between a slanderer and an evil doer is, that the latter requires an opportunity.  Quintillian.  31
The way to close the mouth of a slanderer is to treat him with contempt.  Chinese.  32
There is no cure against a slanderer’s bite.  Danish.  33
There is no sufficient recompense for an unjust slander.  34
They that slander the dead are like envious dogs that bark and bite at bones.  Zeno.  35
To slander with a matter of truth.  36
What king so strong
Can tie the gall up in a slanderous tongue.  Shakespeare.
  37
Who stabs my name would stab my person too,
Did not the hangman lie in the way.  Crown.
  38
 
 
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