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Awkwardness is an unpleasant feeling, which can often arise in tense atmospheres where one doesn't really know how to act or what to say. Awkward situations can possibly later cause a form of anxiety. Awkwardness may also be used to describe social or physical clumsiness.


  • They certainly demonstrate that Seth, whether an aspect of Jane Robert's unconscious mind or a genuine "spirit," was of a high level of intelligence. Yet when Jane Roberts produced a book that purported to be the after-death journal of the philosopher William James, it was difficult to take it seriously. James's works are noted for their vigour and clarity of style; Jane Robert's "communicator" writes like an undergraduate . . . there is a clumsiness here that is quite unlike James's swift-moving, colloquial prose.
    • Colin Wilson in The Mammoth Encyclopedia of the Unsolved , p. 390 (2000)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 53.
  • Awkward, embarrassed, stiff, without the skill
    Of moving gracefully or standing still,
    One leg, as if suspicious of his brother,
    Desirous seems to run away from t'other.
  • What's a fine person, or a beauteous face,
    Unless deportment gives them decent grace?
    Blessed with all other requisites to please,
    Some want the striking elegance of ease;
    The curious eye their awkward movement tires:
    They seem like puppets led about by wires.
  • God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness in heaven or earth.

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