“Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
’twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.”
William Shakespeare, Othello

“Upon my tongues continual slanders ride,
The which in every language I pronounce,
Stuffing the ears of men with false reports.
William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

“If we can only speak to slander our betters, let us hold our tongues.
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…”

― Matthew, 12:36

“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.”

― Exodus, 23:1