Quote by Henry David Thoreau
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
This quote suggests that it takes provocation to bring out the most critical and truthful opinions from someone. The speaker acknowledges that conveying harsh or severe truths often leads to bitterness. Essentially, the quote implies that individuals may not openly express their honest views and criticisms unless they are pushed to a point of frustration or annoyance. These inner sentiments, expressed with a tinge of bitterness, are believed to convey the most candid and valuable critique.
What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds and blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and disorder on the part of the inferior... jealousies, meanness, indifference, selfish brutality on the part of the superior.