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Candor is the seal of a noble mind, the ornament and pride of man, the sweetest charm of woman, the scorn of rascals and the rarest virtue of sociability.
- Christian Ernst Graf von Bentzel-Sternau
If anything in my conversation has merited your regard, I think it must be the openness and freedom with which I commonly express my sentiments. You are too wise a man not to know that such freedom is not without its use.
- Edmund Burke
Some frauds succeed from the apparent candor, the open confidence, and the full blaze of ingenuousness that is thrown around them. The slightest mystery would excite suspicion and ruin all. Such stratagems may be compared to the stars; they are discoverable by darkness and hidden only by light.
- Charles Caleb Colton
Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.
- Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
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.
- William James
He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done, is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice and never ceases nibbling.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)
You talk to me in parables.
You may have known that I'm no wordy man,
Fine speeches are the instruments of knaves
Or fools that use them, when they want good sense;
Needs no disguise nor ornament: be plain.
- Thomas Otway
There is but one way I know of conversing safely with all men; that is, not by concealing what we say or do, but by saying or doing nothing that deserves to be concealed.
- Alexander Pope
The brave do never shun the light;
Just are their thoughts, and open are their tempers;
Truly without disguise they love and hate;
Still are they found in the fair face of day,
And heav'n and men are judges of their actions.
- Nicholas Rowe
He speaks home; you may relish him more in the soldier than in the scholar.
- William Shakespeare
In simple and pure soul I come to you.
- William Shakespeare
'Tis great--'tis manly to disdain disguise,
It shows our spirit, or it proves our strength.
- Edward Young
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