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Scandals are widely publicized allegations or sets of allegations that damage (or try to damage) the reputation of an institution, individual or creed. A scandal may be based on true or false allegations or a mixture of both.


  • Dead scandals form good subjects for dissection.
  • The mightier man, the mightier is the thing
    What makes him honour'd, or begets him hate;
    For greatest scandal waits on greatest state.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 691.
  • To converse with Scandal is to play at Losing Loadum, you must lose a good name to him, before you can win it for yourself.
    • William Congreve, Love for Love, Act I, scene 2. ("Losing Loadum" an old game which one plays to lose tricks).
  • Assail'd by scandal and the tongue of strife,
    His only answer was a blameless life;
    And he that forged, and he that threw the dart,
    Had each a brother's interest in his heart.
  • And though you duck them ne'er so long,
    Not one salt drop e'er wets their tongue;
    'Tis hence they scandal have at will,
    And that this member ne'er lies still.
  • And there's a lust in man no charm can tame
    Of loudly publishing our neighbour's shame;
    On eagles' wings immortal scandals fly,
    While virtuous actions are but borne to die.
    • Juvenal, Satires, IX. Harvey's translation.
  • Conscia mens recti famæ mendacia risit:
    Sed nos in vitium credula turba sumus.
    • The mind conscious of innocence despises false reports: but we are a set always ready to believe a scandal.
    • Ovid, Fasti, IV. 311.
  • He rams his quill with scandal and with scoff,
    But 'tis so very foul, it won't go off.

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