Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Frankness

"We confess our faults, in order that our frankness may repair the damage they do us in the eyes of others." -

"There is no wisdom like frankness." - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

"An absolute command of your temper, so as not to be provoked to passion, upon any account; patience, to hear frivolous, impertinent, and unreasonable applications; with address enough to refuse, without offending, or, by your manner of granting, to double the obligation; dexterity enough to conceal a truth without telling a lie; sagacity enough to read other people’s countenances; and serenity enough not to let them discover anything by your; a seeming frankness with a real reserve. There are the rudiments of a politician." - Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"He had a certain frankness and generosity, qualities indeed which turn to a man's ruin, unless tempered with discretion." - Tacitus, fully Publius (or Gaius) Cornelius Tacitus NULL

"This character wherewith we sink into the grave at death is the very character wherewith we shall reappear at the resurrection." - Thomas Chalmers

"Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how." - Thomas Merton