I’m trying, really

Gracious (adjective):

  1. kind and warmly courteous
  2. tactful
  3. compassionate
  4. indulgent
  5. charming and graceful
  6. elegant and with good taste

Gracious (interjection): expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.

“I think sometimes it is more important to be gracious than to win.” Dorothy Kilgallen

“Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.”     Charles Hole

“To refuse graciously is to confer a favour.”  Publilius Syrus

“Gracious to all, to none subservient, without offense he spoke the word he meant.”  Thomas Bailey Aldrich

My favourite, and a bit of a mantra at the minute, is the one I posted last week…

“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you” Elsie de Wolfe

When I need an interjection, ‘gracious’ is never going to be strong enough. I’m aiming for the adjective.

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3 thoughts on “I’m trying, really”

  1. The fact that you are trying, in a case where something is obviously really annoying you (I’m using the tag “livid” as a clue here) shows just how gracious you are.

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