Courtesy Quotes

To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness. - Benjamin Franklin


The grace of God is courtesy. - Hilaire Belloc


Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. - Jacques Maritain


Courtesy while you're thinking what to say. It saves time. - Lewis Carroll


Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy. - Homer [Homeros]


Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with. - John Wanamaker


Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts. - Abel Stevens

Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous -- not just to some people in some circumstances -- but to everyone all the time. - Thomas J. Watson


His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death. - Evelyn Waugh


Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures; costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and ;him who receives, and thus, like mercy, it is twice blessed. - Erastus Wiman


He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. - St. Basil


Courtesy Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Politeness is the slow poison of collaboration. - Edwin H. Land


There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy. - E. V. Lucas


It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.-W. C. Fields


No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.-Bryant H. McGill


Princes of courtesy, merciful, proud and strong.-Henry Newbolt


The courtesy which most becomes a victor was denied to Germany for a long time.-Gustav Stresemann


The grace of God is courtesy.-Hilaire Belloc


The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.-Elizabeth Hardwick


There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy.-E. V. Lucas


There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.-Edward V. Lucas


There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.-George Santayana


There will always be someone else with a different view than you. I appreciate them and would never say that they are wrong. I hope that they would give me that courtesy also.-Melissa Etheridge


Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher's instructions, and guided by principles of ritual. Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility, obey the conventions and rules of society, and achieve order.-Xun Zi


When a language creates as it does a community within the present, it does so only by courtesy of a community between the present and the past.-Christopher Ricks


When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.-Mohandas Gandhi

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