• WordNet 3.6
    • adv tactfully showing tact or tactfulness; in a tactful manner "he stepped tactfully in to prevent trouble"
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.”
  • George E. Bergman
    George E. Bergman
    “Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “It is tact that is golden, not silence.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “Tact is knowing how far to go too far.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.”


In literature:

Wisdom and sympathy and tact are never more needed than in this sort of teaching.
"Vocational Guidance for Girls" by Marguerite Stockman Dickson
Men never have any courage about these things, nor any tact either.
"Polly Oliver's Problem" by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
For the same reason, she could not show Nevil her full appreciation of his tact and delicacy.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
Besides, he counted on the exquisite tact of the doctor to see him through.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
Paddy's love of fighting and of whiskey has been long proverbial; and of his tact in swearing much has also been said.
"Phil Purcel, The Pig-Driver; The Geography Of An Irish Oath; The Lianhan Shee" by William Carleton
She can have a good table only by having practical knowledge, and tact in imparting it.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
Their tact and acumen were remarkable.
"The War on All Fronts: England's Effort" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
When she charges a man with want of tact, which is merely touch, a woman condemns him without hope.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
But it would have been more tactful had they roused Y. at once, that he might see what they were doing with his cards.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, April 21, 1920" by Various
Margaret had a hard task before her, that she succeeded at all was due to her womanly tact.
"Winter Evening Tales" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

In poetry:

We thank you that in morning-dawn
Your woman's tact and aid were drawn
Our boisterous youthful art to guide!
"Mrs. Louise Brun" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
She's not a miracle of tact:
Her temper's not the best I know:
She's got her little faults in fact,
Although I never tell her so.
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
Our senses run in deepening grooves,
Thrown out of which they lose their tact,
And consciousness with effort moves
From habit past to present fact.
"Fact Or Fancy?" by James Russell Lowell
But no sooner, the fact is, you bind, as your tact is,
Your head with the vows of untruth,
Than you shine out more charming, and, what's more alarming,
You come forth beloved of our youth.
"To Barine" by Roswell Martin Field
Among the "Upper Ten" to-day,
It is considered want of tact
To slay one's kith and kin, and may
Be classed as an "unfriendly act."
Oh, yes, of course I know that this
Is merely public prejudice.
"The Cat" by Harry Graham
Horatio was a decent guy,
And when she ravished from her heart
A damsite better man than I,
She seemed to me,—well, just a tart:
Her lack of tact I can't explain.
His picture,—is it hung again?
"Horatio" by Robert W Service

In news:

How to tactfully deal with a pregnant bridesmaid.
How PR People Can Tactfully Locate, Pitch Influential Bloggers.
The altar remained in tact, but most of the rest of the building is rubble.
How to tactfully deal with a pregnant bridesmaid .
Chris Shake, Calamari Fest and Cooking for Solutions take a savvy and savory tact: smart seafood.
Two years after sweeping into office in the tea party wave of 2010, noisily promising to be a wake-up call for GOP leaders on spending issues, many House Republican freshmen are trying a new tact: quiet unity.
That's an understandable tact to take.
Hese days a fresh biography of Igor Stravinsky requires as much courage as tact.
The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up the case of support worker furloughs in Jefferson Parish public schools, leaving in tact an earlier ruling that voided the cost-saving move imposed by the School Board last year.
As the Nittany Lions reel from the firing of university president Graham Spanier and longtime football coach Joe Paterno, the sports network employs tact during coverage of Saturday's match against Nebraska.
Supreme Court keeps broadcast Indecency Rules in tact.
Waris Ahluwalia—actor, designer, explorer at large—traverses many worlds, armed only with wit, tact, and a sharp black suit.
Techn/Tact Fish: Pike Location(s): NY State Sector: N Water(s): St Lawrence R Fly Rod and Reel Magazine 1980 July.
More than twice as many votes to keep force in tact.
Tact in the age of Wikileaks.

In science:

We would expect all these features to occur in the corresponding boundary-driven version of the DDRD, in cases (like injection/ejection of dimers) so long as the injection and ejection processes keep the IS in tact.
Directed diffusion of reconstituting dimers
In the early experiments [8, 9] the groups observed a sharp peak in the t -dependence of the cross section in nuclei when the nucleus remained in tact (events without stubs).
Coherent Pion Production by Neutrinos
This has been a great conference, packed with important science and arranged with style, tact, thoughtful consideration for the participants, and deep scientific insight.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
The student asked that all of the speakers for that day raise their hands and then went to each speaker to tactfully inquire if they had remembered to bring their viewgraphs. I am sure I speak for all of us who attended the conference in expressing our gratitude to J.
Summary Talk: International Symposium on Neutrino Astrophysics, Takayama/Kamioka (10/'92)
In other words, the RVB background is still, for the most part, in tact.
Conductivity of Doped Two-Leg Ladders