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'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
~ Miguel De Cervantes

 

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'Tis not seasonable to call a man traitor, that has an army at his heels.
~ John Selden

 

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A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.
~ Benjamin Franklin

 

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Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head, make their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.
~ Quentin Crisp

 

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Experience was to be taken as showing that one might get a five-pound note as one got a light for a cigarette; but one had to check the friendly impulse to ask for it in the same way.
~ Henry James

 

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Forbear to mention what thou canst not praise.
~ Matthew Prior

 

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Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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It is tact that is golden, not silence.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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One shouldn't talk of halters in the hanged man's house.
~ Miguel De Cervantes

 

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Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all those who would climb, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.
~ Marquis De Sade

 

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Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.
~ Jean Cocteau

 

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Tact is ability to see others as they wish to be seen.
~ Anonymous

 

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Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
~ Sarah Orne Jewett

 

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Tact is knowing how far to go too far.
~ Jean Cocteau

 

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Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of it is fatal to the best talent.
~ William Gilmore Simms

 

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Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
~ Howard W. Newton

 

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Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.
~ George E. Bergman

 

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