Richard Brinsley Sheridan Quote
A tale of scandal is as fatal to the credit of a prudent lady as a fever is generally to those of the strongest constitutions. But there is a sort of puny, sickly reputation, that is always ailing, yet will wither the robuster characters of a hundred prudes.
The works of... Richard Brinsley Sheridan [ed. by T. Moore]. (ed. 1821)