"I have the results of the employee morale survey. The number one issue is 'not enough open and honest communication from management.' Well, okay, I'm willing to give that a try." (to Wally) Management is looting the company while hiding the fact that we're in a death spiral. (to Alice) Whenever you talk, I think about my fishing lures until the noise stops. (to all) When I see an employee suffer, it excites me in ways I don't understand. (to Wally) On nine separate occasions, I've fired bald guys because I thought they were you. (to all) If this doesn't work for you, let me know on the next employee morale survey.
"All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness."
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
I just try to be really, really honest with people when I think... that they suck!
Santana Lopez, Glee
Giles: Cordelia, have you actually ever heard of tact?
Cordelia: Tact is just not saying true stuff. I'll pass.
Anya: Everybody's so nice. Nobody says what's on their minds.
Spike: You do. That's why you're the only one of them I wouldn't bite if I had the chance.
Niles: The minute you develop feelings for someone, you get scared and find a way to sabotage things.
Frasier: I'd like to strike you, of course, but you speak the truth.
Avery: What was our deal when we first got together? Brutal truth. Remember?
Jerry: I think you added the "brutal."
Look, I'm just being honest. That excuses me from empathy or tact, right?
I tell the truth. It's what I do. It doesn't make me a bad doctor. Everyone walks around this place lying. We tell a patient who's dying that there's hope when there is no hope. Maybe I'm a pig. Maybe I'm an ass. Maybe I'm a vermin like everybody says. But I tell the truth. It's the only thing I got going for me, and you don't get to take that away and call it a lesson. Sir.
— Alex, to Dr. Burke, Grey's Anatomy
''Wow! This tastes Awful!"
— Teddie, upon eating Chie's awful omelette, Persona 4
"I hate lies and flattery. There's no point in wasting praise on the selfish."
— Emi Nakasuka, Girls und Panzer, "Little Army"
Barney: What? It was terrible. Oh, come on, you guys agree, right? Hey, sorry, I'm just being honest, 'cause, you know, we're friends.
Lily: Friends make each other feel good, they build each other up and support them. That's what being a good friend is about."
Barney: Yeah, if you're a Smurf.
—How I Met Your Mother, "Stuff"
Kyouka: Are we supposed to beat (Hayari), too?
Kanna': Nah. You're just here to be my sparring partners.
Finch: Sooner or later, both of us will probably wind up dead. Actually dead this time. I said I'd tell you the truth. Didn't say you'd like it.
— Person of Interest, "Pilot"