CRITICISM & GOSSIP
2. Don't find fault with what you
3. They'll come to you & talk
about me, but they'll come to me & talk about you!
4. Try to fix the mistake--never the
5. It's smart to pick your
friends--but not to pieces.
6. A man's tongue is like his car. If
it gets to knocking too much, he'd better have it
overhauled or change it.
7. Christians should watch &
pray, & not watch & criticise.
8. If criticising gives you pain,
then do it; If it gives you the slightest pleasure, keep
your mouth shut.
9. A new idea is delicate. It can be
killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death
by a quip and worried to death by a frown.
10. There is always something wrong
with a man, as there is with a motor, when he knocks
11. You don't have to be in a car to
run people down.
12. Before I judge my neighbour, let
me walk a mile in his shoes.
13. Rare is the person who can weigh
the faults of others without putting his thumb on the
14. Critic: One who finds a little
bad in the best of things.
15. Before you flare up at someone's
faults, take time to count ten--ten of your own.
16. When I point my finger at my
neighbour, there are three more pointing back at me.
17. None are so fond of secrets as
those who do not mean to keep them.
18. Busy souls have no time to be
19. Rumour is a great traveller.
20. Who chatters to you will chatter
21. One eye-witness is better than
22. He who peeps through a hole, may
see what will bother him.
23. Let me live in my house by the
side of the road,
24. What some invent the rest
25. He that repeateth a matter
separateth very friends.(Pro.17:9)
26. Watch out if all you do is
condemn & rant & rave & you never drool the
sweet honey Love of Jesus!
27. One reason a dog is such a
lovable creature is that his tail wags instead of his
28. There is no venom like that of
29 There is so much good in the worst
of us, & so much bad in the best of us, that it
hardly behooves any of us to talk about the rest of us.
30. The tongue is only three inches
long, yet it can kill a man six feet tall.
31. If you must slander anyone, don't
speak it, but write it--write it in the sand near the
32. You can talk about me as much as
you please, I'll talk about you down on my knees.
33. Everytime you throw dirt on
someone you lose a little ground.
34. Watch out about belittling other
people--you're apt to get belittled yourself!
35. Those who live in glass houses
should not throw stones.
36. A lie will go around the World
while the Truth is getting its boots on.
37. Watch out what you say about
God's anointed--whether it be true or false--if it's
going to hurt God's work or His worker.
38. A critical spirit sows
dissension, disunity & discord amongst brethren, one
of the seven abominations to God!
39. There's no point in running down
other people's products unless we have a better one to
40. Little lessons from the wise,
should not commence with "criticise".
41. It's always easier to tear down
than it is to build up!
42. Pretty soon most gossips are
actually convinced that the stories they are telling are
true--they tell them so often they begin to believe them
43. It's a naughty spirit to tease.
44. A cup brimful of sweet water
cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however
45. Critics are people who go places
& boo things.
46. Two things are hard on the
heart--running up stairs & running down people.
47. A hypocrite is a person who
pretends to be burying the hatchet when she's only
digging up dirt.
48. To escape criticism--do nothing,
say nothing, be nothing.
49. No matter what mistakes Moses
made, God held the people accountable for their own sins
& He rebuked them for any criticism of Moses--for
what they thought was wrong or even what they knew was
50. Words are real things! They bless
or they curse, they lift up or they knock down, they save
or they damn!
51. If someone were to pay you 10
cents for every kind word you spoke about people, &
collect 5 cents for every unkind word, would you be rich
52. Nothing ever happens in a small
town, but what you hear makes up for it!
53. When you hear about somebody's
bad points, remember that they must also have some good
54. There's only one way to change
the unruly tongue, & that is to transform the spirit
that controls it.
55. Of all the weapons of warfare,
the tongue has been the greatest when it gets loose!
56. Too often when you tell a secret
it goes in one ear & in another.
57. Someone described a wise man as
saying, "You are lord of your tongue, but I am also
master of my ears."
58. Passing the buck started in the
Garden of Eden. The first form of self-defense is blaming
60. LEV.19:16 Thou shalt not go up
and down as a talebearer among thy people.
61. PSA. 15:3 He that backbiteth not
with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor
taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
62. PSA.32:9 Be ye not as the horse,
or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth
must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near
63. PSA.101:5,7 Whoso privily
slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: He that
worketh deceit shall not dwell within My house: he that
telleth lies shall not tarry in My sight.
64. PRO.15:1 A soft answer turneth
away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
65. PRO.15:4 A wholesome tongue is a
tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the
66. PRO.18:21 Death and life are in
the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat
the fruit thereof.
67. PRO.26:20 Where no wood is, there
the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the
68. PRO.26:22 The words of a
talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the
innermost parts of the belly.
69. MAT.7:1-5 Judge not, that ye be
not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be
judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be
measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote
that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the
beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to
thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye;
and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite,
first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then
shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy
70. MAT.12:34b For out of the
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
71. ROM.2:1-3 Therefore thou art
inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for
wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself;
for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are
sure that the judgment of God is according to truth
against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou
this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and
doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of
72. ROM.14:13 Let us not therefore
judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that
no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in
his brother's way.
73. EPH.4:29 Let no corrupt
communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which
is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
grace unto the hearers.
74. JAM.3:5,6 Even so the tongue is a
little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how
great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is
a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our
members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on
fire the course of nature; and is set on fire of Hell.
75. 1PE.3:9,10 Not rendering evil for
evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing;
knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should
inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see
good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his
lips that they speak no guile.