quotations about tact
Tact is the oil which lubricates society and prevents its harsh and heterogeneous particles from grating against each other; and in proportion as a person possesses this valuable emollient, so will he go roughly or smoothly through the world.
CHARLES WILLIAM DAY, The Maxims, Experiences, and Observations of Agogos
A tactful man can pull the stinger from a bee without getting stung.
GEORGE HORACE LORIMER, Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
Tact is the ability to shut your mouth before someone else does it for you.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Tact carries a bunch of curiously-fashioned keys, that open all kinds of doors.
ANONYMOUS, The British Harbinger, April 1, 1870
Honey, tact is for people who aren't witty enough to be sarcastic.
KAREN WALKER, Will & Grace
Tact, because it mostly requires abstention, is the rare virtue that doesn't even require you to be a good person. All tact asks of you is not to be actively bad, and to know your place--where it is and where it absolutely is not.
KARA BROWN, "Mind Your Own Damn Business: An Ode to Tact", Jezebel, June 11, 2015
Tact is not a small thing; in the battle of life it is more powerful than a bludgeon.
ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life
Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.
ANONYMOUS, often wrongly attributed to Winston Churchill
Tact is a combination of good temper, ready wit, quickness of perception and ability to take in the exigency of the occasion instantly.
ORISON SWETT MARDEN, Self-Investment
In the battle of existence, talent is the punch; tact is the clever footwork.
WILSON MIZNER, Speaker's Handbook of Epigrams and Witticisms
Tact is the intelligence of the heart.
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
HOWARD W. NEWTON, attributed, Sylva, Vol. 1-3
Tact swings the door open to success when merit cannot even turn the knob.
A. D. HARD, "Tact in the Practice of Medicine", Transactions of the Minnesota State Medical Association, Vol. 28
The use of tact is always needful but it is especially necessary when speaking a truth that may strike a sensitive nerve in another.
ROBERT E. FISHER, Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak
Some people mistake weakness for tact. If they are silent when they ought to speak and so feign an agreement they do not feel, they call it being tactful. Cowardice would be a much better name.
FRANK MEDLICOTT, Reader's Digest, July 1958
Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil.
FRANKLIN P. JONES, attributed, Quotable Quotes
Tact is giving a person a pat on the back when you feel like giving him a kick in the pants.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
SAMUEL BUTLER, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler
People with tact have less to retract.
It cannot be denied that tact is a virtue. The sort of person who always manages to blurt out the tactless thing, apparently by accident, is a person full of dislike of his or her fellow creatures. But although tact is a virtue, it is very closely allied to certain vices; the line between tact and hypocrisy is a very narrow one. I think the distinction comes in the motive: when it is kindliness that makes us wish to please, our tact is the right sort; when it is fear of offending, or desire to obtain some advantage by flattery, our tact is apt to be of a less amiable kind.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, Mortals and Others