There is no wisdom like frankness.
Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.
A “No” uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a “Yes” merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
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.
Friends, if we be honest with ourselves, we shall be honest with each other.
Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.
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.
Frank and explicit – that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.