Quotes of Courteous

“ I will take a backseat to no one in a commitment to civil rights in America. ”

- Howard Dean

“ Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company. ”

- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“ It was a very sad but very dignified and respectful tribute to these soldiers who gave their lives in Afghanistan. ”

- Roger Smith

“ A civil servant doesn't make jokes. ”

- Eugene Ionesco

“ I found the information he gave me useful and he was always respectful of the guidance I gave him with respect to his actions. ”

- Colin Powell

“ With every civil right there has to be a corresponding civil obligation. ”

- Edison Haines

“ If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. ”

- Francis Bacon

“ Golf takes me out of the crap of a sick world. Golfers are genuinely courteous in a discourteous world. Show me a guest on The Jerry Springer Show who's a golfer. ”

- James Woods

“ You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity. ”

- Angela Merici

“ We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. ”

- Malcolm X

“ To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. ”

- Johannes A. Gaertner

“ 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

“ It takes no more time to be courteous than to be rude. ”

- Ann Landers

“ It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice. ”

- Baltasar Gracian

“ I think a compliment ought to always precede a complaint, where one is possible, because it softens resentment and insures for the complaint a courteous and gentle reception. ”

- Mark Twain

“ Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship. ”

- Pietro Aretino

“ If a man be gracious, and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. ”

- Sir Francis Bacon

“ Teach children to be polite and courteous in the home, and, when he grows up, he will never be able to edge his car onto a freeway. ”

- Unknown

“ Be courteous, be obliging, but don't give yourself over to be melted down for the benefit of the tallow trade. ”

- George Eliot

“ We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin. ”

- Alan W. Watts

“ To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the Ultimate Purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done — this is how I desire to waste wisely my days. ”

- Thomas Dekker

“ I have seen manners that make a similar impression with personal beauty; that give the like exhilaration, and refine us like that; and, in memorable experiences, they are suddenly better than beauty, and make that superfluous and ugly. But they must be marked by fine perception, the acquaintance with real beauty… ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ To do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way; to do some things better than they were ever done before; to eliminate errors; to know both sides of the question; to be courteous; to be an example; to work for the love of work; to anticipate requirements; to develop resources; to recognize no impediments; to master circumstances; to act from reason rather than rule; to be satisfied with nothing short of perfection. ”

- Marshall Field and Company
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