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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