“If we delight in gossip, and are not content
unless each neighbor is laid upon the dissecting table,
we form a character unenviable indeed, and must be willing
to bear the contempt of all the truly good,
while we roll our bit of scandal
as a sweet morsel under the tongue.”
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), lawyer, politician.
Illinois College Graduating Oration (1881)