Quotes of Delicacy

“ Diplomacy is to do and say, the nastiest thing in the nicest way. ”

- Isaac Goldberg

“ Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence. ”

- Samuel Butler

“ If a person has no delicacy, he has you in his power. ”

- William Hazlitt

“ Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always questioning never learn anything. ”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“ Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were. ”

- George E. Bergman

“ Tact is the art of thinking twice before saying nothing. ”

- Evan Esar

“ Diplomacy: lying in state. ”

- Oliver Herford

“ Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve, And Hope without an object cannot live. ”

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“ Tact is to lie about others as you would have them lie about you. ”

- Oliver Herford

“ The better part of statesmanship might be to know clearly and precisely what not to do. ”

- Eric Hoffer

“ The daintiest last, to make the end most sweet. - King Richard II. Act i. Sc. 3. ”

- William Shakespeare

“ But wealth is a great means of refinement; and it is a security for gentleness, since it removes disturbing anxieties. ”

- Donald G. Mitchell

“ In the world of diplomacy, some things are better left unsaid. ”

- Lincoln Chafee

“ I know of no diplomacy save that of truth. ”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“ I don't think that anybody has any patience left for the way the PLO has conducted itself,... We know now, because of the arms shipment, that there is a close association between all of that violence and what is happening within the ranks... and the leadership of the PLO. ”

- Tom Daschle

“ Delicacy is to love what grace is to beauty. ”

- Francoise d’Aubigne Maintenon

“ A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment? ”

- Jonathan Swift

“ There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter. ”

- Jean Genet

“ All war represents a failure of diplomacy. ”

- Tony Benn

“ Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. ”

- Abraham Lincoln

“ Tact is the intelligence of the heart. ”

- Unknown

“ Tact is the intelligence of the heart. ”

- Unknown

“ There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference. ”

- Juan Montalvo

“ Diplomats were invented simply to waste time. ”

- David Lloyd George

“ Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. ”

- Howard W. Newton

“ It is tact that is golden, not silence. ”

- Samuel Butler

“ A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar. ”

- Benjamin Franklin

“ To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you. ”

- Oscar Wilde

“ Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade. ”

- Noel Coward

“ A diplomat… is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. ”

- Caskie Stinnett
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