Curse the tongue whence slanderous rumor, like the adder's drop, distils her venom, withering friendship's faith, turning love's favor.
Rumor was the messenger of defamation, and so swift, that none could be first to tell an evil tale.
The flying rumors gathered as they rolled, and all who told it added something new, and all who heard it made enlargement too; in every ear it spreads, on every tongue it grew.
He that easily believes rumors has the principle within him to augment rumors.—It is strange to see the ravenous appetite with which some devourers of character and happiness fix upon the sides of the innocent and unfortunate.
Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
Rumor is a pipe blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures, and of so easy and plain a stop, that the blunt monster with uncounted heads, the still discordant wavering multitude can play upon it.
On rumor's tongues continual slanders ride.
How violently do rumors blow the sails of popular judgments!—How can one discern between the truth and truth-likeness, between shows and substance.