Tact Quotes

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David Sedaris
“Real love amounts to withholding the truth, even when you're offered the perfect opportunity to hurt someone's feelings”
David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Abraham Lincoln
“Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.”
Warren Wiersbe

Benjamin Franklin
“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
Benjamin Franklin

Gretchen Rubin
“Never start a sentence with the words 'No offense.”
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

Tanith Lee
“I hate the way, once you start to know someone, care about them, their behavior can distress you, even when it's unreasonable and not your fault, even if you were really trying to be careful, tactful.”
Tanith Lee, Wolf Star

Craig Ferguson
“Everything I think of now is too rude to actually say.”
Craig Ferguson

Barbara Kingsolver
“If you never stepped on anybody's toes, you never been for a walk.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer

Harry Truman
“Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.”
Harry S. Truman

Chelsea Handler
“I never say the things I really want to. If I did, I'd have no friends.”
Chelsea Handler, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“Never ask a man if he is from Sparta: If he were, he would have let you know such an important fact - and if he were not, you could hurt his feelings.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
tags: tact

Sara Sheridan
“I'm accustomed to reading Georgian and Victorian letters and sometimes you simply know in your gut that a blithe sentence is covering up a deeper emotion.”
Sara Sheridan

Matt Chandler
“A schoolmate of Matt Chandler's with the locker next to his: "I need to tell you about Jesus. When do you want to do that?”
Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel

“In Your Early Years people Tell You, Correct You and Forgive You. But when you become an Adult, they Neither Correct you nor Forgive You”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

Socrates
“...[S]ome of the opinions which people entertain should be respected, and others should not.”
Socrates, Apology, Crito and Phaedo of Socrates.

Socrates
“...[F]rom me you shall hear the whole truth; not, I can assure you, gentlemen, in flowery language... decked out with fine words and phrases; no, what you will hear will be a straightforward speech in the first words that occur to me, confident as I am in the justice of my cause; and I do not want any of you to expect anything different.”
Socrates, Apology, Crito and Phaedo of Socrates.

Socrates
“I am convinced that I never wrong anyone intentionally...”
Socrates, Apology, Crito and Phaedo of Socrates.

Wyatt Allen
“If you choose your words as you choose your shoes then they would always be soft, comforting, supportive, and would always fit the occasion.”
Wyatt Allen

“The most difficult task in leadership, which is one of the greatest challenges is the task of finding the reins of the soul.”
Salam Al Shereida

Helmuth Plessner
“And we also recognize this dance-like spirit, this ethos of grace: societal conduct, the control not only of written and established conventions, the virtuous mastery of forms of play where persons come close to each other without meeting and where they establish distance without damaging each other through indifference; amiability and not insistence is the atmosphere of this ethos of grace - its ethical law is the game and its observation, not seriousness. Forced distance between persons becomes ennobled into reserve. The offensive indifference, coldness, and rudeness of living past each other is made ineffective through the forms of politeness, respectfulness, and attentiveness. Reserve counteracts a too great intimacy.”
Helmuth Plessner, Grenzen der Gemeinschaft

Helmuth Plessner
“The most important symptom of tact derives from this respect for the individuality of oneself and others: sensitivity. It is the only way possible to construct pleasant sociable interactions, as it never permits too much closeness nor too much distance. Everything explicit, every eruptive honesty, is avoided. Untruth which succors is always better than truth which damages; however, a bindingness which does not bind is the best. In this sphere there should be neither good nor evil, neither truth nor error, but only the value of beneficence - the hygiene of the greatest possible nurturance. Only the barbaric person lets himself be deceived by flattery and lets himself be surrounded by the fog of politeness, only to curse the world so spoiled. Let us imagine just for a second what interaction between persons who barely know each other and yet who say what they think or even assume about the other is like: After a quick collision, the coldness of outer space would descend upon them.”
Helmuth Plessner, Grenzen der Gemeinschaft

Alexei Panshin
“In any case, I hadn’t gone into the subject of dorm living too deeply with him, not because I hesitated to probe his tender spots but because I would have been probing my own. This is called tact, and is reputed to be a virtue.”
Alexei Panshin, Rite of Passage

P.G. Wodehouse
“I found myself wishing that Jeeves wasn't always so dashed tactful. I mean, it's all very well to remove yourself like an eel sliding into mud when the employer has a visitor, but there are moments — and it looked to me as if this was going to be one of them —
when the truer tact is to stick round and stand ready to lend a hand in the free-for-all.”
P. G. Wodehouse
tags: humor, tact

Geonn Cannon
“Briggs: This is how you walk on eggshells?

Riley: Well, you know. Eggshells. If they're on the ground, they're probably already broken anyway.”
Geonn Cannon

Mandy Ashcraft
“She could've overlooked the level of tackiness if the tackiness was also tactful. Which it was not.”
Mandy Ashcraft, Small Orange Fruit

Linda Berdoll
“There is no hint too broad for a woman of little tact.”
Linda Berdoll, The Darcys: New Pleasures

“Diplomacy is the art of recognizing all colors and knowing how to mix them up and bring them back as they were first.”
Salam Al Shereida

Joan Crawford
“No working relationship can be based on the premise, 'Me — woman; you — man!' It’s 'we two' trying to make a job better.
When I’m working on a picture, if a scene goes wrong in rehearsal I say, 'There’s something wrong with this — it goes wrong right here.'
It happened not long ago, and Robert Gist, the director, said, 'I know, I feel it every time when you get to that one line.'
'Let’s try it again,' I said, “and let me try it as it comes to me that the character, Marion, would do it.'
[…]
Where the tact came in was in my referring to the character, and what the script earlier SHE would do. I didn’t say 'This is what a woman would do,' or, 'This is what I, Joan Crawford, think should be done.”
Joan Crawford, My Way of Life

Joan Crawford
“No working relationship can be based on the premise, 'Me — woman; you — man!' It’s 'we two' trying to make a job better.
When I’m working on a picture, if a scene goes wrong in rehearsal I say, 'There’s something wrong with this — it goes wrong right here.'
It happened not long ago, and Robert Gist, the director, said, 'I know, I feel it every time when you get to that one line.'
'Let’s try it again,' I said, 'and let me try it as it comes to me that the character, Marion, would do it.'
[…]
Where the tact came in was in my referring to the character, and what the script earlier SHE would do. I didn’t say 'This is what a woman would do,' or, 'This is what I, Joan Crawford, think should be done.”
Joan Crawford, My Way of Life

“Art of making an era with clear facts.
-Before 2020

Art of making tact without letting it to-be-fact.
-Post 2020”
-ipi

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