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  • He was a big, good man with a soft baritone, who ruled with easy tact a choir of repressed soloists, and who had an unerring memory for the favorite hymns of District Superintendents.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Minho shouted, always the tactful one.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • She looked around for her Italian friend—her fellow fervent striker—but Bella had tactfully slipped away, to let the sisters talk by themselves.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • "So we’ll use tact and cleverness," said Jace.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • If he hadn’t obsessed over love, hadn’t been so tactless, so whiny, so nerdy—maybe if he hadn’t been, Colin thought, so much like me .
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • My mind raced as I tried to think of a tactful way to extricate myself.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I half-expect the look she impales him with to kill him on con— tact.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Tact.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Kit stared, too aghast to realize her own tactlessness.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Most people just tactfully discarded them, but Marge Ellis brought a whole handful to the Whitshanks’ front door, where Red accepted them with a confused look on his face.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Bob is not always tactful.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • Puller took a few seconds to slip the ceramic plates into the inserts in the tact vest to bump up his protection level.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • He embodied everything the military was looking for: leadership, intelligence, dependability, integrity, tact, selflessness, and perseverance.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I was not expecting this vehement denunciation of my colleague, nor did I know exactly how to change the subject tactfully.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It is culture and business—not politics—which are on the Professor’s mind as he tactfully leads the conversation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • My mother tactfully pours him a cup of tea.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "Well, I phrased it a little more tactfully than that, but only because the Gaelic language hasn’t got a specific word for drawers."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Already it was embarrassing enough: Hobie’s tact whenever her name came up, the careful flatness in his voice.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Dad is not so tactful and grimaces at the meal.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • I realized that this was not a tactful question.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • When all the forms were signed, he tactfully placed before Idris a pamphlet titled "General Price List."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Nevertheless there was a vague understanding that had to be tactfully broken off before I was free.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Colton was in that narrow window of life where he hadn’t yet learned either tact or guile.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • A few weeks ago I might have found that question offensive, but now I spend too much time with Candor transfers to be surprised by tactlessness.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Miller is rather crude and tactless, otherwise he would hold his tongue, for anybody can see that Kemmerich will never come out of this place again.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • You must want it just enough, and you must be very tactful with God or the gods.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • "And what did you do after that, Mademoiselle?" asked Poirot, passing from the subject tactfully.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • South as well as north, there are women who have an extraordinary talent for command, and tact in educating.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Never mind your having no enjoyment of women’s society, nor understanding of it, nor tact for it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • With time, the queries about our adopted— and decidedly eccentric—little boy had mercifully ceased, and, considering how tactless Afghan queries can be sometimes, that was a considerable relief.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • So he gave advice, attention and a tactful, patient interest, whenever he could.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Much of all this was due to Miss Stacy’s tactful, careful, broadminded guidance.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • It was my teacher’s genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Keating had come here prepared to exercise caution and tact to the limit of his ability; he had achieved a purpose he had not expected to achieve; he knew he should take no chances, say nothing else and leave.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Telling Neville what Professor Sprout had said, Harry thought, had been a very tactful way of cheering Neville up, for Neville very rarely heard that he was good at anything.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • She’s the one whose tactless comments and cruel jokes about matters I don’t think are funny have made me insensitive to any sign of love on her part.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • A little tact was necessary.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • For so young a girl, such tact, such masterly perfection of manner!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And what made it worse was that, instead of tactfully ignoring it, Bernard proceeded to make open comments on this revoltingly viviparous scene.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • If I complained about our life, he would chew his dinner while looking tactfully away, as one might ignore a child who has deliberately broken her dolls and then whines she has nothing to play with.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She clearly felt that it would be tactless for them to remain the room while Harry and the Dursleys exchanged loving, possibly tearful farewells.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "Jewel," Vernon says, not loud, but his voice going full and clear along the water, peremptory yet tactful.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Then overcome with the knowledge of her tactlessness and also with horror at having discussed her condition with a man, she began to cry weakly.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • To my Publishers, for the aid their tact, their energy, their practical sense and frank liberality have afforded an unknown and unrecommended Author.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But how can this well-bred man be so tactless?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • You are so tactless!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • There was tact there, a tone of caution.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • The delicacy with which Joe dismissed this theme, and the sweet tact and kindness with which Biddy—who with her woman’s wit had found me out so soon—had prepared him for it, made a deep impression on my mind.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • But there are times, believe it or not, when I’ve come across as arrogant and tactless.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • It required great tact to be a schoolteacher.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
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