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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Tact
 
  Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely, and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
Colton.    
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  Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always inquiring never learn anything.
Earl of Beaconsfield.    
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  Tact is one of the first of mental virtues, the absence of which is frequently fatal to the best of talents. Without denying that it is a talent of itself, it will suffice if we admit that it supplies the place of many talents.
Simms.    
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  Talent is something, but tact is everything. Talent is serious, sober, grave, and respectable; tact is all that, and more, too. It is not a seventh sense, but is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles.
W. P. Sargill.    
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  I have known some men possessed of good qualities, which were very serviceable to others, but useless to themselves; like a sundial on the front of a house, to inform the neighbors and passengers, but not the owner within.
Swift.    
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