Tact Quotes

Most popular tact quotes

Tact is good taste in action.
The point of tact is not sharp.
People with tact have less to retract.
Tact is the intelligence of the heart.
Tact is after all a kind of mind-reading.
Tact consists in knowing how far we may go too far.
Tact is the tribute which intelligence pays to humbug.
Tact consists in knowing how far to go in going too far.
When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey.
— Arabian proverb

Arabian proverbs proverbs truth

Tact is not only kindness, but kindness skillfully extended.


Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
Tact is the ability to describe people as they see themselves.
Tact is rubbing out another's mistake instead of rubbing it in.
— Farmers Almanac
Diplomacy gets you out of what tact would have kept you out of.


Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.
Tact is the art of convincing people that they know more than you do.
Tact is the art of recognizing when to be big and when not to belittle.
Silence is not always tact, and it is tact that is golden, not silence.
Indiscretion has always seemed to me to be one of the privileges of tact.
Tact does not remove difficulties, but difficulties melt away under tact.
In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch; Tact is the clever footwork.
Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil.
Tact is the art of making people feel at home when that's where you wish they were.
Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without scuffing the shine on his shoes.
The austere principles of tact tell the tongue to keep away from the aching thought.
Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky.
Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.
The truly free man is he who knows how to decline a dinner invitation without giving an excuse.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact,
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Tact is the rare ability to keep silent while two friends are arguing, and you know both of them are wrong.

holding your tongue

Opinion! If every one had so little tact as to give their true opinion when it was asked this would be a miserable world.


Cultivate tact, for it is the mark of culture, and as important as character itself.  It is the lubricant of human relationships, softening contacts and minimizing friction.
Tact does for life just what lubricating oil does for machinery.  It makes the wheels run smoothly, and without it there is a great deal of friction and the possibility of a breakdown.
Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.

friendship intimacy

No one can become a good conversationalist without tact. It is the sensitive touch that recognizes when a subject has become distasteful, which sees the eagerness of someone else to say something, which notes the slightest cloud of expression crossing another's face.


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.