The only true source of politeness is consideration.
I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word - politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.
Politeness does not always inspire goodness, equity, complaisance, and gratitude; it gives at least the appearance of these qualities, and makes man appear outwardly, as he should be within.
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.
There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness and none more profitable.
Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
Politeness is the flower of humanity.
Politeness is the result of good sense and good nature.
Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind.
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
Politeness is organized indifference.
A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.
The wisest and best are repulsive, if they are characterized by repulsive manners. Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power.
The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.
Good-breeding is not confined to externals, much less to any particular dress or attitude of the body; it is the art of pleasing, or contributing as much as possible to the ease and happiness of those with whom you converse.
Politeness is one of those advantages which we never estimate rightly but by the inconvenience of its loss.
It seems to me that the spirit of politeness is a certain attention in causing that, by our words and by our manners, others may be content with us and with themselves.
Librarians, Dusty, possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God's green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth breather there is.
True politeness is the spirit of benevolence showing itself in a refined way. It is the expression of good-will and kindness. It promotes both beauty in the man who possesses it, and happiness in those who are about him. It is a religious duty, and should be a part of religious training.
Politeness is not always a sign of wisdom; but the want of it always leaves room for a suspicion of folly, if folly and imprudence are the same.
Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perceptions. Men are too coarsely made for the delicacy of beautiful carriage and customs. It is not quite sufficient to good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
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