In every province, the chief occupations, in order of importance, are lovemaking, malicious gossip, and talking nonsense.
The faith a movement proclaims doesn't count: what counts is the hope it offers. All heresies are the banner of a reality, an exclusion. Scratch the heresy and you will find the leper. Every battle against heresy wants only this: to keep the leper as he is.
This Boulatruelle was a man in bad odour with the people of the neighbourhood; he was too respectful, too humble, prompt to doff his cap to everybody; he always trembled and smiled in the presence of the gendarmes, was probably in secret connection with robber-bands, said the gossips, and suspected of lying in wait in the hedge corners at nightfall. He had nothing in his favour except that he was a drunkard.
For this is the truth about our soul, he thought, who fish-like inhabits deep seas and plies among obscurities threading her way between the boles of giant weeds, over sun-flickered spaces and on and on into gloom, cold, deep, inscrutable; suddenly she shoots to the surface and sports on the wind-wrinkled waves; that is, has a positive need to brush, scrape, kindle herself, gossiping.
Gossip says she hanged herself from the turret on the tower, but when you have a house like Hill House with a tower and a turret, gossip would hardly allow you to hang yourself anywhere else.
Men and women walked casually about as they did on the main floor, every now and then stopping one another, exchanging pleasantries or scraps of relevantly irrelevant information. Gossip.
Gossip is one thing, hurtful gossip is completely another, and even in high school we weren't THAT mean.
You have grown abominably lazy, and you like gossip, and waste time on frivolous things, you are contented to be petted and admired by silly people, instead of being loved and respected by wise ones.
Every day or two I strolled to the village to hear some of the gossip which is incessantly going on there, circulating either from mouth to mouth, or from newspaper to newspaper, and which, taken in homeopathic doses, was really as refreshing in its way as the rustle of leaves and the peeping of frogs.
You know the difference between news and gossip, don't you? News tells you what people did. Gossip tells you how much they enjoyed it.
Bigotry is an odd thing. To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence. Continence is the foe of heresy.
Nobody can buy a hat without gossiping.
So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.
Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It's gossip.
Ah, well, the truth is always one thing, but in a way it's the other thing, the gossip, that counts. It shows where people's hearts lie.
Gossiping doesn't belong in the office. Most of us don't want to hear somebody else's personal drama. If there's good news ... graduation, a new house ... but the negative stuff doesn't have a place in the office.
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
There is a very big difference in where the two parties will take America, ... I sometimes get distressed by our friends in the media because they try to reduce everything to gossip, scandal-mongering and cynicism that I think is profoundly false for this country's future. There is an enormous difference in the two parties. We would go two very different places.
Researchers have found very little difference between men and women in terms of the amount of time spent gossiping.
We're told we're not supposed to gossip, that our reputation plummets, but in this context there may be an expectation that you should gossip you're obligated to tell, like an informal version of the honor code at military academies,
Here, the trees are full of gossip.
I wrote a novel about Israelis who live their own lives on the slope of a volcano. Near a volcano one still falls in love, one still gets jealous, one still wants a promotion, one still gossips.
Growing up female in America. What a liability You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas.
It was just so fun coming to the garage, gossiping, eating, playing music, listening to music. Just having fun.
While gossip among women is universally ridiculed as low and trivial, gossip among men, especially if it is about women, is called theory, or idea, or fact.
From heresy, frenzy and jealousy, good Lord deliver me.
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
It's interesting to listen to these machine guys they live in a world of non-stop political manoeuvres and gossip, no structured thoughts to making society better... The focus group also showed that it's popular to bash blacks 'You need to find new issues, like attacking land rights, get stuck into all that politically correct Aboriginal stuff the punters love it.'
gossip stopped being mere gossip and became an industry.