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Candor Quotes

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.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

There is no wisdom like frankness.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

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