Tact is the business of handling porcupines without disturbing the quills.
"One of the most tactful men I ever knew," says a Florida manufacturer, "was a man who fired me from my first job. He called me in and said:
"'Son, I don't know how we're ever going to get along without you, but starting Monday, we're going to try.'"—Rotarian Magazine
Tact is the ability to get the fleece of the flock without a flinch.—O. A. Batista
Tact: Getting your point across without stabbing someone with it.—Richard Gordon in Boys' Life
Tact is hard to define, but as I get it, it's a combination of flattery, lying, and wisdom.—Farm Journal
It was at the private theatricals, and the young man wished to compliment his hostess, saying:
"Madam, you played your part splendidly. It fits you to perfection."
"I'm afraid not. A young and pretty woman is needed for that part," said the smiling hostess.
"But, madam, you have positively proved the contrary."
The senator from Utah was able to disarm by flattery the resentment of a woman at a reception in Washington, who upbraided him for that plurality of wives so dear to Mormon precept and practice.
"Alas, madam," the senator declared with a touch of sadness in his voice, "we are compelled in Utah to marry a number of wives."
His fair antagonist was frankly surprised.
"What do you mean?" she demanded.
The senator explained suavely:
"We have to seek there in several women the splendid qualities that here are to be found in one."