The only true source of politeness is consideration.
Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
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 is the result of good sense and good nature.
Be nice to everyone, always smile & appreciate things because it could all be gone tomorrow.
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
Politeness is the flower of humanity.
Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind.
Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.
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.
Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They're underused.
For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness and none more profitable.
Callousness and insolence bring to bare unanimous social condemnation, while the simple efforts of politeness are admired; even in those who are otherwise despised.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.
Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
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 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.
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