Blunt Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old blunt quotes, blunt sayings, and blunt proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


'Tis not enough your counsel still be true; Blunt truths more mischief than nice falsehoods do.     

Alexander Pope

Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.     

Blaise Pascal

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.     

Chinua Achebe

Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments.      

Erica Jong

He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.     

George C. Lichtenberg

Downright admonition, as a rule, is too blunt for the recipient.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Praying without faith is like trying to cut with a blunt knife - much labor expended to little purpose.     

James O. Fraser

The past is a life sentence, a blunt instrument aimed at tomorrow.     

Claudia Rankine

Words are blunt instruments, better suited to murder than to making sense of the world.     

Mark Lawrence

I believe if something needs to be said, people should say it. Blunt doesn't stab as deep as being cut by a secret.     

Kate Angell

Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt.     

Barbara Walters

Apart from blunt truth, our lives sink decadently amid the perfume of hints and suggestions.     

Alfred North Whitehead

How blunt are all the arrows of thy quiver in comparison with those of guilt.      

Hugh Blair

The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge.      

Tony Blair

Some tools of thought are so blunt that they are almost useless; others are so sharp that they are dangerous. But the wise man will have the use of both kinds.      

Gregory Bateson

A hot iron, though blunt, will pierce sooner than a cold one, though sharper     

John Flavel

All means prove but a blunt instrument, if they have not behind them a living spirit.     

Albert Einstein

To wrong those we hate is to add fuel to our hatred. Conversely, to treat an enemy with magnanimity is to blunt our hatred for him.     

Eric Hoffer

Cease negative mental chattering. If you think a thing is impossible, you'll make it impossible. Pessimism blunts the tools you need to succeed.     

Bruce Lee

I have to say that anger is the blanket that comes around me, and that blunts and blurs my sense of proportion.     

Pete Townshend

The knowledge that women lack stimulates their imagination; the knowledge that men possess blunts theirs.     

Madame de Sartory

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.     

Lao Tzu

Time only blunts the pain of loss. It doesn’t erase it.      

Gail Honeyman

Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.     

Walter Savage Landor

A blunt statement can be as false as any other.     

Mason Cooley

Blunt tools are sometimes found of use where sharper instruments would fail.     

Charles Dickens