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REPROOF
[ Also see Advice Censure Counsel Criticism Example Praise Reproach Scolding ]

He had such a gentle method of reproving their faults that they were not so much afraid as ashamed to repeat them.
      - Francis Atterbury

The severest punishment suffered by a sensitive mind, for injury inflicted upon another, is the consciousness of having done it.
      - Hosea Ballou

No reproach is like that we clothe in a smile, and present with a bow.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Aversion from reproof is not wise. It is a mark of a little mind. A great man can afford to lose; a little insignificant fellow is afraid of being snuffed out.
      - Richard Cecil

If you have a thrust to make at your friend's expense, do it gracefully, it is all the more effective. Some one says the reproach that is delivered with hat in hand is the most telling.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Some persons take reproof good-humoredly enough, unless you are so unlucky as to hit a sore place. Then they wince and writhe, and start up and knock you down for your impertinence, or wish you good morning.
      - Augustus William Hare

Reproof is a medicine like mercury or opium; if it be improperly administered, it will do harm instead of good.
      - Horace Mann

Whenever anything is spoken against you that is not true, do not pass by or despise it because it is false; but forthwith examine yourself, and consider what you have said or done that may administer a just occasion of reproof.
      - Plutarch

For not the anger of the wise to raise;
  Those best can bear reproof who merit praise.
      - Alexander Pope

Reprove not in their wrath incensed men;
  Good counsel comes clean out of reason then,
    But when his fury is appeased and past,
      He will conceive his fault, and mend at last.
        When he is cool, and calm, then utter it;
          No man gives physic in the midst o' the fit.
      - Thomas Randolph

Better a little chiding than a great deal of heart-break.
      - William Shakespeare

Forbear sharp speeches to her; she's a lady,
  So tender of rebukes that words are strokes,
    And strokes death to her.
      - William Shakespeare

Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.
      - Solon

There is an oblique way of reproof which takes off from the sharpness of it.
      - Sir Richard Steele


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