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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Awkwardness
 
  Awkwardness is a more real disadvantage than it is generally thought to be; it often occasions ridicule, it always lessens dignity.
Chesterfield.    
  1
        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.
Holmes.    
  2
        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.
Churchill.    
  3
        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 led about by wires.
Churchill.    
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