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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Bluntness
 
        I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
Nor actions, nor utterance, nor the power of speech,
To stir men’s blood: I only speak right on.
Shakespeare.    
  1
                    This is some fellow,
Who having been prais’d for bluntness, doth affect
A saucy roughness, and constrains the garb,
Quite from his nature: he can’t flatter, he!
An honest mind and plain,—he must speak truth!
And they will take it so; if not he’s plain.
These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness
Harbor more craft, and far corrupter ends,
Than twenty silly, ducking observants,
That stretch their duty nicely.
Shakespeare.    
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