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Jean Cocteau

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Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.
Variant translation: Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.

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Had Grant been a Congressman one would have been on one’s guard, for one knew the type. One never expected from a Congressman more than good intentions and public spirit. Newspaper-men as a rule had no great respect for the lower House; Senators had less; and Cabinet officers had none at all. Indeed, one day when Adams was pleading with a Cabinet officer for patience and tact in dealing with Representatives, the Secretary impatiently broke out: “You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!”

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

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