Tact Sayings and Quotes

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

Tact is giving a person a pat on the back when you feel like giving him a kick in the pants.     

Evan Esar

Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil.     

Franklin P. Jones

In the battle of existence, talent is the punch; tact is the clever footwork.     

Wilson Mizner

Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.     

Harry S. Truman

Honey, tact is for people who aren't witty enough to be sarcastic.     

Karen Walker

Tact is the ability to make a person see lightning without letting him feel the bolt.     

Orlando A. Battista

Tact is the ability to shut your mouth before someone else does it for you.     

Evan Esar

People with tact have less to retract.     

Arnold H. Glasow

It is tact that is golden, not silence.     

Samuel Butler

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.     

Abraham Lincoln

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.     

Isaac Newton

Tact is a combination of good temper, ready wit, quickness of perception and ability to take in the exigency of the occasion instantly.     

Orison Swett Marden

Nowadays, tact is the last thing you would expect from a social setting and being blunt is even considered a quality that one should possess if he or she wants to make it big.     

Monet Lu

Tact ... is the unsaid part of what you think.... And there is only one thing more potent--its opposite--the unthought part of what you say.     

Henry Van Dyke

Tact is the oil which lubricates society and prevents its harsh and heterogeneous particles from grating against each other; and in proportion as a person possesses this valuable emollient, so will he go roughly or smoothly through the world.     

Charles William Day

Tact is the intelligence of the heart.     


The secret of man's success resides in his insight into the mood's of people, and his tact in dealing with them.     

Josiah Gilbert Holland

Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always questioning never learn anything.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Tact is ability to see others as they wish to be seen.     


Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.     

Jean Cocteau

Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all those who would climb, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best of talents; it supplies the place of many talents.     

William Simms

Tact is the rare ability to keep silent while two friends are arguing, and you know both of them are wrong.      

Hugh Allen

The use of tact is always needful but it is especially necessary when speaking a truth that may strike a sensitive nerve in another.     

Robert E. Fisher

Tact is a relation in which a nonverbal stimulus or circumstance acts as a discriminative stimulus for a verbal response.     


Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.      

Sarah Orne Jewett

Tact is the unsaid part of what you think.     

Henry Van Dyke

Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations.      

Theodor W. Adorno