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He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done, is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice, and never ceases nibbling.

Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801) Swiss poet, theologian, physiognomist.
Aphorisms on Man, 2nd ed. (1789)
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If someone knows of a problem and conceals it from me, I get more upset from that than from the problem itself. I tell our people time and time again: Bad news first.

Donald Regan (1918-2003) American financier, government executive
In Bernard Weintraub, “How Donald Regan Runs the White House,” New York Times Magazine (5 Jan 1986)
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The man who laughs has simply not yet had the terrible news.

[Wer jetzt noch lacht, hat die neuesten Nachrichten noch nicht gehört.]

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German poet, playwright, director, dramaturgist
“To Those Born Later,” Svendborg Poems (1939)

Alt. trans.: "He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news."
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If you ask any police officer what the worst part of the job is, they will always say breaking bad news to relatives, but this is not the truth. The worst part is staying in the room after you’ve broken the news, so that you’re forced to be there when someone’s life disintegrates around them. Some people say it doesn’t bother them — such people are not to be trusted.

Ben Aaronovitch (b. 1964) British author
Rivers of London [Midnight Riot] (2011)
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They say you shouldn’t shoot the messenger, but no one warns you how much you’ll want to.

Scott Adams (b. 1957) American cartoonist
Dilbert (15 Dec 2011)
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What’s wan man’s news is another man’s throubles.

[What’s one man’s news is another man’s troubles.]

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) American humorist and journalist
“The News of a Week,” Observations by Mr. Dooley (1902)
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I well believe it, to unwilling ears;
None love the messenger who brings bad news.

Sophocles (496-406 BC) Greek tragic playwright
Antigone, l. 276-277 [Sentry to Creon]

Alt. trans:
  • "No man loves the bearer of bad tidings."
  • "Nobody likes the man who brings bad news."
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