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AWKWARDNESS
[ Also see Address Bashfulness Dancing Grace ]

Awkwardness is a more real disadvantage than it is generally thought to be; it often occasions ridicule, it always lessens dignity.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Awkward, embarrassed, stiff, without the skill
  Of moving gracefully or standing still,
    One leg, as if suspicious of his brother,
      Desirous seems to run away from t'other.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 438)

What's a fine person, or a beauteous face,
  Unless deportment gives them decent grace?
    Blessed with all other requisites to please,
      Some want the striking elegance of ease;
        The curious eye their awkward movement tires:
          They seem like puppets let about by wires.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 741)

God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness n heaven or earth.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude

Not all the pumice of the polish'd town
  Can smooth the roughness of the barnyard clown;
    Rich, honor'd, titled, he betrays his race
      By this one mark--he's awkward in his face.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

With him Patroclus
  Upon a lazy bed the livelong day
    Breaks scurril jests,
      And with ridiculous and silly action,
        (Which, slanderer, he imitation calls)
          He pageants us.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Ulysses at I, iii)


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