1. spoke in a conciliating tone
2. a conciliatory visit
1. "And to behave in a conciliatory way when people who have angered or annoyed us want to make up."
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
2. "If the empire were to collapse, I should personally feel extremely sad. I absolutely do not believe that the personal rule of Napoleon III has been corrupting and oppressive for France-but quite the contrary, it is demonstrably necessary, conciliatory, progressive, and generally intelligent and democratic in the best sense of the word."
- Quote by Franz Liszt
3. "I discovered that I am not disciplined out of virtue but as a reaction to my negligence, that I am generous to conceal my meanness, that I pass myself off as prudent because I am evil-minded, that I am conciliatory in order not to succumb to my suppressed rage, that I am punctual only only to hide how little I care about other peoples time."
- Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores
4. "He not only fumbled badly in his attempts at impromptu oratory en route to the capital, but worst of all, ended his journey in the dead of night, embarrassingly fearful for his safety, after encouraging unseemly partisan demonstrations in friendly Northern cities. He was too conspicuous. He was too sequestered. He was too careless. He was too calculating. He was too conciliatory. He was too coercive. He was too sloppy."
- Harold Holzer, Lincoln President-Elect : Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter
5. "We must consider what is the time for singing, what the time for play, and in whose presence: what will be unsuited to the occasion; whether our companions are to despise us, or we to despise ourselves: when to jest, and whom to mock at: and on what occasion to be conciliatory and to whom: in a word, how one ought to maintain one's character in society. Wherever you swerve from any of these principles, you suffer loss at once; not loss from without, but issuing from the very act itself."
- Epictetus, Discourses
6. "He tries not to give offense. He likes to think of himself by nature as reasonable and conciliatory. He can duck out, prevaricate, evade the issue. He can smile enigmatically and refuse to come down on either side. He can quibble, and stand on semantics. It’s a living, he thinks; but it isn’t. For there comes the bald question, the one choice out of two: do you want a revolution, M. de Robespierre? Yes, damn you, damn all of you, I want it, we need it, that’s what we’re going to have."
- Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety
7. "I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my nature. I discovered that I am not disciplined out of virtue but as a reaction to my negligence, that I appear generous in order to conceal my meanness, that I pass myself off as prudent because I am evil-minded, that I am conciliatory in order not to succumb to my repressed rage, that I am punctual only to hide how little I care about other people’s time. I learned, in short, that love is not a condition of the spirit but a sign of the zodiac."
- Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores
8. "Late Echo" Alone with our madness and favorite flower We see that there really is nothing left to write about. Or rather, it is necessary to write about the same old things In the same way, repeating the same things over and over For love to continue and be gradually different. Beehives and ants have to be re-examined eternally And the color of the day put in Hundreds of times and varied from summer to winter For it to get slowed down to the pace of an authentic Saraband and huddle there, alive and resting. Only then can the chronic inattention Of our lives drape itself around us, conciliatory And with one eye on those long tan plush shadows That speak so deeply into our unprepared knowledge Of ourselves, the talking engines of our day."
- John Ashbery, As We Know
9. "You have probably been attacked in one form or another. Perhaps you’ve been criticized for your style of communication: too abrasive or too gentle, too aggressive or too quiet, too conflictive or too conciliatory, too cold or too warm. In any case, we doubt that anyone ever criticizes your character or your style when you’re giving them good news or passing out big checks. For the most part, people criticize you when they don’t like the message. But rather than focus on the content of your message, taking issue with its merits, they frequently find it more effective to discredit you. Of course, you may be giving them opportunities to do so; surely every one of us can continue to improve our style and our self-discipline. The point is not that you are blameless, but that the blame is largely misplaced in order to draw attention away from the message itself."
- Martin Linsky, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading
10. "Monique whirled around and ran to her husband. Pray with me, pray with me. We are going to die this night, Alexander. Raven shut the door and leaned against it. Don’t panic on me, Monique. We have a chance if we can stall him. Alexander glared at her, his arm protectively around his wife, his hand already swollen and sore looking. Don’t listen to her, Monique. She almost strangled me and threw me against the wall with unbelievable strength. She is unclean. Raven rolled her eyes in exasperation. I’m beginning to wish I did have all that power you think I have. I’d find a way to keep you from talking. He is afraid for us. Monique spoke in a conciliatory tone. Can’t we take off his chains? He would try to attack Andre the moment he returned. Raven made a face at Alexander, completely exasperated with him. That would get him killed fast. Do not release the human. Like I had planned to run right in and do a very stupid thing, she sent back as sarcastically as she was able. She had enough"
- Christine Feehan, Dark Prince