A good person brings good out of the treasure of the good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (The Bible, Luke 6:45)
A lovely widow with three children moved into a new house in a small suburb. In a few weeks she became the hot topic for gossip mongers. People remarked how beautiful looking she was. They joked about the three men who regularly visited her. They said she was a poor housekeeper; she neglected her children and let them run the streets and eat at the neighbour’s; she was lazy and spent most of her time lying on the couch and reading.
One morning the widow collapsed at the grocery store. Then people realised the truth: She had terminal cancer which made it difficult for her to do any housework. When in pain, she used to send the children out so that they would not know her suffering. And the men who visited her were the family doctor, the lawyer who looked after her property, and her husband’s brother.
Gossip is a sort of a smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco pipes of those who use it; it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker–George Eliot