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Gossipers start with praise and end with derogation.

  - Midrash Tanchuma Shelah, 9Topics: lashon harah / gossip
Even if all of a slander is not believed, half of it is.

  - Midrash Genesis R. 56:4Topics: lashon harah / gossip
He who overlooks an offense promotes good will; he who repeats a tale separates friends.

  - Proverbs (Mishle) 17:9Topics: friendship lashon harah / gossip
Gossip: nature's telephone.

  - Shalom AleichemTopics: lashon harah / gossip
The world goes on because of those who close their lips when they meet hostility from others.

  - Nachman of BratslavTopics: sin and repentance lashon harah / gossip
Judge a man only by his own deeds and words; the opinions of others can be false.

  - TalmudTopics: justice and law lashon harah / gossip
Who mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who rejoices at their calamity will not go unpunished.

  - Proverbs (Mishle) 17:5Topics: charity lashon harah / gossip
As long as I do not utter a word, I am its master; once I utter it, I am its slave.

  - (based on) Ibn GabirolTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
A man of good sense guards his tongue and attends to his own affairs.

  - Ibn GabirolTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
If a word be worth one shekel, silence is worth two.

  - Talmud, Megillah 18aTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
Press your lips together: don't be in a hurry to answer.

  - Talmud, Abodah Zara 35aTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
I grew up among wise men and learned that nothing is better than silence.

  - Sayings of the Fathers 1:17Topics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
You may regret your silence once, but you will regret your speech twice.

  - Ibn GabirolTopics: sin and repentance lashon harah / gossip
Guard your tongue as you treasure your wealth.

  - Ibn GabirolTopics: lashon harah / gossip
The man who slanders hurts three people: the man slandered, the man to whom the slander is uttered---and himself.

  - Talmud, Arakin 15bTopics: sin and repentance lashon harah / gossip
It is a duty to say what should be heard, and a duty not to say what should not be heard.

  - Talmud, Yebamot 65bTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
A good man who speaks evil is like a palace next to a tannery: one defect destroys all the grandeur.

  - Talmud, Shabbat 56bTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
Slander is in the same category with murder.

  - Talmud Yerushalmi, Pe'ah ITopics: sin and repentance lashon harah / gossip
Slander is worse than weapons; for weapons hurt from near, slander from afar.

  - Talmud Yerushalmi, Pe'ah I:1Topics: sin and repentance lashon harah / gossip
If others speak ill of you, let the worst they say seem a trifle; if you speak ill of others, let the trivial seem enormous.

  - Sifre 89bTopics: sin and repentance lashon harah / gossip
God will accept repentance for all sins except one: giving another man a bad name.

  - ZoharTopics: sin and repentance lashon harah / gossip
Righteous lips cover up hatred; but he who lets out slander is a fool.

  - Proverbs (Mishle) 10:18Topics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
What is lofty can be said in any language, and what is mean should be said in none.

  - MaimonidesTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
The worst of men is he whose tongue is mightier than his mind.

  - Moses Ibn EzraTopics: wisdom lashon harah / gossip
Man's chief superiority over animals is his power of speech; if he abuses it, he is no higher than they.

  - The Sassover RabbiTopics: wisdom animals lashon harah / gossip
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