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.
- William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece (1594), line 1,004.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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.
- William Cowper, Hope, line 570.
- 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.
- John Gay, The Mad Dog.
- 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.
- Edward Young, Epistles to Pope, Epistle I, line 199.