Gossip is never fatal until it is denied.

– Booth Tarkington

born in Indianapolis, Indiana, The United States June 29, 1869
died: May 19, 1946
gender: male
genre: Literature & Fiction

Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams.



11 thoughts on “Gossip

  1. July 29, 1869: Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Booth Tarkington was born in Indiana, 144 years ago today.

    • Yes! The rest of it goes: “…Gossip goes on about every human being alive and about all the dead that are alive enough to be remembered, and yet almost never does any harm until some defender makes a controversy. Gossip’s a nasty thing, but it’s sickly, and if people of good intentions will let it entirely alone, it will die, ninety-nine times out of a hundred.”
      ― Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons

  2. Truthful words. Yet gossip never dies and thrives in social circles and elsewhere.


  3. Hollywood, newspapers, internet, tabloids, it goes on and on and on….reality tv, People Magazine, it’s evolving to tweets… people feed on it, unfortunately.

  4. Why do people feed on it? 😦

  5. Very cool! Very Oscar Wilde-like!

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