Quotation by William Makepeace Thackeray

Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbour is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; whereas a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unrelishing meat.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), British author. "On a Hundred Years Hence," The Roundabout Papers (1863).
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