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    Straightway throughout the Libyan cities flies rumor;--the report
    of evil things than which nothing is swifter; it flourishes by
    its very activity and gains new strength by its movements; small
    at first through fear, it soon raises itself aloft and sweeps
    onward along the earth. Yet its head reaches the clouds. . . . A
    huge and horrid monster covered with many feathers: and for
    every plume a sharp eye, for every pinion a biting tongue.
    Everywhere its voices sound, to everything its ears are open.
    [Lat., Extemplo Libyae magnas it Fama per urbes:
    Fama malum quo non velocius ullum;
    Mobilitate viget, viresque acquirit eundo;
    Parva metu primo; mox sese attollit in auras,
    Ingrediturque solo, et caput inter nubilia condit.
    . . . .
    Monstrum, horrendum ingens; cui quot sunt corpore plumae
    Tot vigiles oculi subter, mirabile dictu,
    Tot linquae, totidem ora sonant, tot subrigit aures.]

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Some report elsewhere whatever is told them; the measure of
fiction always increases, and each fresh narrator adds something read more

Some report elsewhere whatever is told them; the measure of
fiction always increases, and each fresh narrator adds something
to what he has heard.
[Lat., Hi narrata ferunt alio; mensuraque ficti
Crescit et auditus aliquid novus adjicit auctor.]

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Nature abhors a vacuum but why do most people hasten to fill in the blanks with garbage?

Nature abhors a vacuum but why do most people hasten to fill in the blanks with garbage?

by Vanna Bonta Found in: Rumor Quotes,
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The rolling fictions grow in strength and size,
Each author adding to the former lies.

The rolling fictions grow in strength and size,
Each author adding to the former lies.

by Jonathan Swift Found in: Rumor Quotes,
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Idle rumors were also added to well-founded apprehensions.
[Lat., Vana quoque ad veros accessit fama timores.]

Idle rumors were also added to well-founded apprehensions.
[Lat., Vana quoque ad veros accessit fama timores.]

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Every rumor is believed against the unfortunate.
[Lat., Ad calamitatem quilibet rumor valet.]

Every rumor is believed against the unfortunate.
[Lat., Ad calamitatem quilibet rumor valet.]

by Syrus (publilius Syrus) Found in: Rumor Quotes,
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Rumor doth double, like the voice and echo,
The numbers of the feared.

Rumor doth double, like the voice and echo,
The numbers of the feared.

by William Shakespeare Found in: Rumor Quotes,
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Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me read more

Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things.

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There is nothing which cannot be perverted by being told badly.

There is nothing which cannot be perverted by being told badly.

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Rumor is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a read more

Rumor is a pipe
Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures,
And of so easy and so plain a stop
That the blunt monster with uncounted heads,
The still-discordant wavering multitude,
Can play upon it.

by William Shakespeare Found in: Rumor Quotes,
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