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"Something of calumny always sticks." - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

"Calumny is the offspring of Envy." - Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

"Genius involves both envy and calumny." - Alexander Pope

"Calumny is only the noise of madmen." - Diogenes of Sinope

"Calumny is only the noise of madmen." - Diogenes

"Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny." - Francoise d'Aubigne, Marquise de Maintenon

"Where there is calumny, there is Satan himself." - Pope Francis

"It is harder to kill a whisper than even a shouted calumny." - Maria W. Stewart

"Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least." - Stanislaw I Leszczynski

"Calumny spreads like an oil-spot: we endeavor to cleanse it, but the mark remains." - Jeanne Julie Eleonore de Lespinasse

"Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least." - Stanislaw Leszczynski

"Calumny will sear virtue itself; these shrugs, these hums and ha's." - William Shakespeare

"To persevere in one's duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny." - George Washington

"False praise can please, and calumny affright None but the vicious, and the hypocrite." - Horace

"False praise can please, and calumny affright None but the vicious, and the hypocrite." - Horace

"Calumny ever pursues the great, even as the winds hurl themselves on high places." - Ovid

"Calumny is like counterfeit money; many people who would not coin it circulate it without qualms." - Diane de Poitiers

"Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least." - Stanislaw I Leszczynski

"To persevere in one's duty, and be silent is the best answer to calumny" - George Washington

"It is harder to kill a whisper than even a shouted calumny." - Mary Stewart

"Nothing is so swift as calumny; nothing is more easily uttered; nothing more readily received; nothing more widely dispersed." - Cicero

"Calumny would soon starve and die of itself if nobody took it in and gave it lodging." - Robert Leighton

"Mobs may assemble, calumny may defame, but the work of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent..." - Joseph Smith Jr

"Neglected, calumny soon expires, show that you are hurt, and you give it the appearance of truth." - Tacitus

"A man calumniated is doubly injured - first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it." - Herodotus

"Nothing is so swift as calumny, nothing is more easily propagated, nothing more readily credited, nothing more widely circulated." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"As long as there are readers to be delighted with calumny, there will be found reviewers to calumniate." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"A man calumniated is doubly injured - first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it." - Herodotus

"The upright, if he suffer calumny to move him, fears the tongue of man more than the eye of God." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Calumny is a monstrous vice: for, where parties indulge in it, there are always two that are actively engaged in doing wrong, and one who is subject to injury. The calumniator inflicts wrong by slandering the absent; he who gives credit to the calumny before he has investigated the truth is equally implicated. The person traduced is doubly injured-first by him who propagates, and secondly by him who credits the calumny." - Herodotus

"If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny." - William Shakespeare

"So long as he was personally present, [Alcibiades] had the perfect mastery of his political adversaries; calumny only succeeded in his absence." - Plutarch

"Such is the destiny of great men that their superior genius always exposes them to be the butt of the envenomed darts of calumny and envy." - Voltaire

"He that lends an easy and credulous ear to calumny is either a man of very ill morals or has no more sense and understanding than a child." - Menander

"I do not want to see the Republican party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny-fear, ignorance, bigotry and smear." - Margaret Chase Smith

"A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof." - William Hazlitt

"His calumny is not only the greatest benefit a rogue can confer on us, but the only service he will perform for nothing." - Johann Kaspar Lavater

"There is nothing which wings its flight so swiftly as calumny, nothing is uttered with more ease; nothing is listened to with more readiness, nothing disbursed more widely." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go." - William Shakespeare

"I don't want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the four horsemen of calumny-fear, ignorance, bigotry, and smear." - Margaret Chase Smith

"I have much to say why my reputation should be rescued from the load of false accusation and calumny which has been heaped upon it." - Robert Emmet

"Calumny crosses oceans, scales mountains and traverses deserts, with greater ease than the Scythian Abaris, and like him, rides upon a poisoned arrow." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Calumny is a vice of curious constitution; trying to kill it keeps it alive; leave it to itself and it will die a natural death." - Thomas Paine

"But silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them." - Joseph Addison

"The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected; and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an individual weight of calumny will be super-added." - Samuel Johnson

"It is in the habits of lawyers that every accusation appears insufficient if they do not exaggerate it even to calumny; it is thus that justice itself loses its sanctity and its respect amongst men." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"True devotion must not get dispirited; nor elated or satisfied with lesser gains; it must fight against failure, loss, calumny, calamity, ridicule and against egoism and pride , impatience and cowardice ." - Sathya Sai Baba

"I am tired of the misrepresentation, calumny and detraction, heaped upon me by wicked men; and desire and claim, only those principles guaranteed to all men by the Constitution and laws of the United States and of Illinois." - Joseph Smith Jr

"The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected, and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be super added." - Samuel Johnson

"I am beholden to calumny, that she hath so endeavored and taken pains to belie me. It shall make me set a surer guard on myself, and keep a better watch upon my actions." - Ben Jonson

"Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny." - Eric Hoffer

"Like the tiger, that seldom desists from pursuing man after having once preyed upon human flesh, the reader who has once gratified his appetite with calumny makes ever after the most agreeable feast upon murdered reputations!" - Oliver Goldsmith

"The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected; and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be superadded." - Samuel Johnson

"Silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them." - Joseph Addison

"There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report." - Richard Le Gallienne

"I am beholden to calumny, that she hath so endeavored to belie me.-It shall make me set a surer guard on myself, and keep a better watch upon my actions." - Ben Jonson

"Calumny is like the wasp which worries you, and which it is not best to try to get rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; for otherwise it returns to the charge more furious than ever." - Nicolas Chamfort

"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?" - William Shakespeare

"Nothing will ever equal that moment of joyous excitement which filled my whole being when I felt myself flying away from the earth. It was not mere pleasure; it was perfect bliss. Escaped from the frightful torments of persecution and of calumny, I felt that I was answering all in rising above all." - Jacques Charles

"If our credit be so well built, so firm, that it is not easy to be shaken by calumny or insinuation, envy then commends us, and extols us beyond reason to those upon whom we depend, till they grow jealous, and so blow us up when they cannot throw us down." - Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon

"After upwards of two thousand years Epicurus has been exonerated from the reproach that the doctrines of his philosophy recommended the pleasures of sensuality and voluptuousness as the chief good. Calumny may rest on genius a considerable part of a world's duration; what then is the value of fame?" - William Benton Clulow

"Fortunate men! your country lives because you died. Your fame is placed where the breath of calumny can never reach it, where the mistakes of a weary life can never dim its brightness! Coming generations will rise up and call you blessed." - James A Garfield

"He has outsoared the shadow of our night; envy and calumny and hate and pain, and that unrest which men miscall delight, can touch him not and torture not again; from the contagion of the world's slow stain, he is secure." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"What may be the significance of so many forms of "spirituality" on this planet that are antagonistic to "life" - and Christianity at the head of that list, with its "calumny" against life, its faith that just because nothing in life is eternal therefore life itself contains no value, nothing that makes it worth living, investing our souls in, committing our consciences to?" - Kenny Smith

"Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh-that is to say, over fear: fear of poverty, of suffering, of calumny, of sickness, of isolation, and of death. There is no serious piety without heroism. Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage." - Henri Frederic Amiel

"Learn from me that a wise man who has heard a criminal accusation related with so many absurd particulars ceases to be wise when he makes himself the echo of what he has heard, for if the accusation should turn out to be a calumny, he would himself become the accomplice of the slanderer." - Giacomo Casanova

"As my object was not myself, I set out with the determination, and happily with the disposition, of not being moved by praise or censure, friendship or calumny, nor of being drawn from my purpose by any personal altercation; and the man who cannot do this, is not fit for a public character." - Thomas Paine

"And so the blasts of calumny, howl they ever so fiercely over the good man's head, contribute to his juster appreciation and to his wider fame. Preserve only a good conscience toward God, and a loving purpose toward your fellow men, and you need not wince nor tremble, though the pack of the spaniel-hearted hounds snarl at your heels." - William Morley Punshon

"Taking our stand on the immovable rock of Christ's character we risk nothing in saying that the wine of miracle answered to the wine of nature, and was not intoxicating. No counter proof can equal the force of that drawn from His attributes. It is an indecency and a calumny to impute to Christ conduct which requires apology." - Abraham Coles

"His (Deschamps') complaint of court life was the same as is made of government at the top in any age: it was composed of hypocrisy, flattery, lying, paying and betraying; it was where calumny and cupidity reigned, common sense lacked, truth dared not appear, and where to survive one had to be deaf, blind, and dumb." - Barbara Tuchman

"A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof. The throwing out [of] malicious imputations against any character leaves a stain, which no after-refutation can wipe out. To create an unfavorable impression, it is not necessary that certain things should be true, but that they have been said. The imagination is of so delicate a texture that even words wound it." - William Hazlitt

"Yet the people, and even the clergy, incapable of forming any rational judgment of the business of peace and war, presumed to arraign the policy of Stilicho, who so often vanquished, so often surrounded, and so often dismissed the implacable enemy of the republic. The first moment of the public safety is devoted to gratitude and joy; but the second is diligently occupied by envy and calumny." - Edward Gibbon

"Pessimism like calumny is easy to do, and attracts immediate attention. The gossiper and the writer may find this out soon enough, and a little encouragement from the current mood will procure them successes that bring endless imitators in their trail. On the other hand saying good things about life in general and individuals in particular and making it interesting is a serious task which few can achieve with credit." - Bernard Berenson

"Then I celebrated my Wall of Books. I counted the volumes on my twenty-foot-long modernist bookshelf to make sure none had been misplaced or used as kindling by my subtenant. "You're my sacred ones," I told the books. "No one but me still cares about you. But I'm going to keep you with me forever. And one day I'll make you important again." I thought about that terrible calumny of the new generation: that books smell." - Gary Shteyngart

"Then I celebrated my Wall of Books. I counted the volumes on my twenty-foot-long modernist bookshelf to make sure none had been misplaced or used as kindling by my subtenant. "You're my sacred ones," I told the books. "No one but me still cares about you. But I'm going to keep you with me forever. And one day I"ll make you important again." I thought about that terrible calumny of the new generation: that books smell." - Gary Shteyngart

"The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." - Joseph Smith Jr

"The maxim that men are not to be praised before their death was invented by envy and too lightly adopted by philosophers. I, on the contrary, maintain that they ought to be praised in their lifetime if they merit it; but jealousy and calumny, roused against their virtue or their talent, labour to degrade them if any one ventures to bear testimony to them. It is unjust criticism that they should fear to hazard, not sincere praise." - Luc De Clapiers

"The generation that followed did not have the same concerns; none of its members attempted to follow the example of the past generation. There was no longer anyone with the noble determination to get to know the great men of the world, or if there were some individuals consumed with this curiosity, they were few in number. From then on, there remained only vulgar minds given over to hatred, envy and discord, who took an interest only in things which did not concern them, gossip, slander, calumny of one's neighbors, all those things which are the source of the worst of our troubles." - Cheikh Anta Diop

"Society is a republic. When an individual endeavors to lift himself above his fellows, he is dragged down by the mass, either by means of ridicule or of calumny. No one shall be more virtuous or more intellectually gifted than others. Whoever, by the irresistable force of genius, rises above the common herd is certain to be ostracized by society, which will pursue him with such merciless derision and detraction that at last he will be compelled to retreat into the solitude of his thoughts." - Heinrich Heine

"The tyrant, who in order to hold his power, suppresses every superiority, does away with good men, forbids education and light, controls every movement of the citizens and, keeping them under a perpetual servitude, wants them to grow accustomed to baseness and cowardice, has his spies everywhere to listen to what is said in the meetings, and spreads dissension and calumny among the citizens and impoverishes them, is obliged to make war in order to keep his subjects occupied and impose on them permanent need of a chief." - Aristotle



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