Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.
Author: Thomas B. Aldrich (1836-1907)
Profession: American Writer, Editor
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
Author: William Blake (1757-1827)
Profession: British Poet, Painter
Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind, and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman.
Author: James F. Cooper (1789-1851)
Profession: American Novelist
''Frank and explicit'' -- that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
There is no wisdom like frankness.
Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.
To be candid, in Middlemarch phraseology, meant, to use an early opportunity of letting your friends know that you did not take a cheerful view of their capacity, their conduct, or their position; and a robust candor never waited to be asked for its opinion.
Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)
Profession: British Novelist
A ''No'' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ''Yes'' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader
If all hearts were open and all desires known -- as they would be if people showed their souls -- how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
Author: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
Profession: British Novelist, Poet
There is an unseemly exposure of the mind, as well as of the body.
Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
Profession: British Essayist
We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.
Author: William James (1842-1910)
Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author
You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801)
Profession: Swiss Theologian, Mystic
Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.
Author: George MacDonald (1824-1905)
Profession: Scottish Novelist
It is the weak and confused who worship the pseudosimplicities of brutal directness.
Author: Marshall Mcluhan (1911-1980)
Profession: Canadian Communications Theorist
Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.
Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)
Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist