Most people, including Ma, preferred to brush unpleasantness away, as if, by sweeping it outside with the dust, it could be forgotten. As if, by acknowledging the existence of something unsavory in their community, they might be tainted by it themselves.
The fledgling and ragtag American army turned its state into a semi-plausible advantage, encouraging enlistees to wear their own “hunting shirts” to build on the reputation of frontier marksmen.
A session of boasting won’t attract any real friends. It will set you up on a pedestal, however, making you a clearer target.
Scuttlebutt is one of the most overlooked acts that can decrease one’s sagacity
A powerful truth is that if we love the Lord, love His Word, love His people, and love one another, we won’t want to gossip.
Men’s tongues in some things outrun women’s.
The most reliable topic for small talk is the goings-on of stars whether they’re rising or falling, and whether nor not a particular story is truth or fiction. This is way out of balance. It invades the privacy of men and women who didn’t give up being human when they became famous, and it negates the meaning inherent in our own lives. (300)
And though there’s a grain of truth in every rumor, I’ve found that the worst gossip usually starts with something harmless.
Rather than swallowing our pride and simply asking what we do not know, we choose to fill in the blanks ourselves and later become humbled. Wisdom was often, in its youth, proven foolish, and ones humiliated were meant to become wise.
Gossip is a policeman and a teacher. Without it, there would be chaos and ignorance.