• WordNet 3.6
    • n tactfulness consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense
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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.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “Tact is knowing how far to go too far.”
  • Sarah Orne Jewett
    Sarah Orne Jewett
    “Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”


In literature:

In dress she should be exquisite, in conversation tactful, in manner sympathetic.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
He is a tactful diplomat.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
That couldn't have been tact.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
The successful business man knows the value of tact, and the Christian worker should know the value of consecrated tact.
"The Art of Soul-Winning" by J.W. Mahood
They will say you lack tact.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
Mrs. Eastham, I am sure, has tact.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Iris at first felt profoundly grateful for his tact.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
The truth is that we were all overcome at the moment by an irresistible desire to appear tactful.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
Money and tact against the world!
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
But this paroxysm of tact that had just broken out in his office was really too much.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster

In poetry:

What oppressed me so much
Was a bit shameful.
Talking of it aloud
Would show neither tact nor prudence.
It might even seem an outrage
Against the health of mankind.
"A Poem For the End of the Century" by Czeslaw Milosz
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
"Impulsive breeze, the use of force,"
Observed the sun, "a foolish act is,
Perceiving which, you see, of course.
How highly efficacious tact is."
The wondering wind replied, "Good gracious!
You're right about the efficacious."
"The Impetuous Breeze And The Diplomatic Sun" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
THE MORAL deals, as morals do,
With tact, and all its virtues boasted,
But still I can't forget, can you,
That wretched man, first chilled, then roasted?
Bronchitis seized him shortly after,
And that's no cause for vulgar laughter.
"The Impetuous Breeze And The Diplomatic Sun" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

OK, so I rode and issed a few tickets with the UHP's TACT (Ticketing Agressive Cars and Trucks) program.
I've been chosen to ride along with the UHP's TACT (Ticketing Aggressive Cars & Trucks) enforcement unit.
Tact in the age of Wikileaks.
Obama Needs a Tact Increase.
MMM > News > Takeda sees new Rozerem tact pay off.
Service-Level Agreements Take Tact , Honesty.
Sears unveils 'brand' new marketing tact .
Timeless Tact Helps Sustain A Literary Time Traveler.
Tactful strategies lessen annoyance of TV in waiting rooms.
The mature worker's tip sheet for tactful salary negotiation.
"Fly Tying, Techn/Tact" Fish: Trout Location(s): "VT, NH" State Sector: "SW, NW" Water(s): "Battenkill R, Connecticut R" Insect(s): "Grannom, Caddisflies".
In the 10 years since the attacks, a slew of products have been created to commemorate the tragic events of the day — with some being less tactful than others.
Techn/Tact Fly Rod and Reel Magazine 1985 November.
Create a template from a piece of Con-Tact paper.
"Again trying to keep that I-10 corridor in tact and my line in the Jeff Davis split is north of I-10," said Rep Erich Ponti (R-Baton Rouge).

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