Quotes: Brutal Honesty

"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.

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"

Bullock: Let's get something straight form the git-go, I think you're a freak and a menace, and those are your good points. But the Commish says you serve a purpose, so I go along.
Batman: I appreciate your honesty.
Batman: The Animated Series, "A Bullet For Bullock"