Favorite Quotations ~  Tact Proverbs of Ashes

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

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

He who treads softly goes far. ~ Chinese Proverb

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Difficulties melt away under tact. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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

Everybody admires a go-getter if he is tactful. ~ Earl Tupper

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

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

Some delicate matters must be treated like pins, because if they are not seized by the right end, we get pricked. ~ John Petit-Senn

Tact is the rare ability to keep silent while two friends are arguing, and you know both of them are wrong. ~ Hugh Allen

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. ~ Francis Bacon

Tact fails the moment it is noticed. ~ Edward Longstreth

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable. ~ Jean de La Bruyère

Tact is the art of recognizing when to be big and when not to belittle. ~ Bill Copeland

I have tales to tell, but I don’t tell them. Discretion. Discretion. ~ Gregory Peck

Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when you wish they really were. ~ Sarah Kingham

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

Tact is the ability to make a person see lightning without letting him feel the bolt. ~ Orlando A. Battista

Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy. ~ Spanish Proverb