When you are in trouble people who

When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars.  ~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911LCD

If you reveal your secrets to the

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.  ~Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

I resolve to speak ill of no

I resolve to speak ill of no man whatever, not even in a matter of truth; but rather by some means excuse the faults I hear charged upon others, and upon proper occasions speak all the good I know of everybody.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Gossip neednt be false to evil

Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.  ~Frank A. Clark

To a friend who asked him how

To a friend, who asked him how to find out a girl’s faults, he gave the sage advice to praise her to her girl friends.  ~Edwin Lillie Miller, 1938, Explorations in Literature, about Benjamin Franklin (Thanks, Sam)see 2009email

Gossip is saying behind their back what

Gossip is saying behind their back what you would not say to their face.  Flattery is saying to their face what you would not say behind their back.  ~Author Unknown

The puritans idea of hell is a

The Puritan’s idea of hell is a place where everybody has to mind his own business.  ~Wendell Phillips, attributedWLBUQ