Quotes of Courtesy

“ Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ 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

“ 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

“ Politeness is the art of selecting among one's real thoughts. ”

- Madame De Stall

“ 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

“ Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. ”

- Jacques Maritain

“ To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals, courtesy, to inferiors, nobleness. ”

- Benjamin Franklin

“ A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward. ”

- St. Basil

“ A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. ”

- St. Basil

“ All doors open to courtesy. ”

- Thomas Fuller

“ Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with. ”

- John Wanamaker

“ Courtesy should be a continuous action, not something to be turned on and off like a faucet. ”

- Unknown

“ Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ 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

“ My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness. ”

- Francis Scott Fitzgerald

“ The greater person is one of courtesy. ”

- Lord Alfred Tennyson

“ The measure of a truly great man is the courtesy with which he treats lesser men. ”

- Unknown

“ The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it. ”

- John Christian Bovee

“ There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy. ”

- E. V. Lucas

“ If you treat with courtesy your equal, who is privileged to resent an impertinence, how much more cautious should you be to your dependents, from whom you demand a respectful demeanor. ”

- Robert Chambers

“ Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. ”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“ One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness. ”

- Josh Billings

“ Civility costs nothing and buys everything. ”

- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

“ Punctuality is the politeness of kings. ”

- Louis XVIII

“ When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected "I believe" to "One does feel.". ”

- Ronald Knox

“ Politeness is... good nature regulated by good sense. ”

- Sydney Smith

“ Love taught him shame; and shame, with love at strife, Soon taught the sweet civilities of life. ”

- John Dryden

“ You never see the old austerity That was the essence of civility; Young people hereabouts, unbridled, now Just want. ”

- Moliere

“ Politeness travels on short fares. ”

- Unknown

“ Courtesy while you're thinking what to say. It saves time. ”

- Lewis Carroll
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