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Quotes About Courtesy

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Dumas Malone
“The boldness of his mind was sheathed in a scabbard of politeness.”
Dumas Malone, Jefferson the Virginian

Shannon L. Alder
“A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman's heart.”
Shannon L. Alder

Bryant McGill
“No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.”
Bryant McGill

“Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.”
Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Roman Payne
“She was so delicate that, while we sat beneath the linden branches, a leaf would fall and drift down and touch her skin, and it would leave a bruise. So as we sat in the afternoon hour, beneath that fragrant linden bower, I had to chase all of the leafs that fell away.”
Roman Payne

Shannon L. Alder
“Don’t ever stray from yourself, in order to be close to someone that doesn’t have the courtesy to remind you of your worth, or the integrity of a gentleman to walk you home.”
Shannon L. Alder

“Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.”
Henry Clay

Herman Melville
“I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy.”
Herman Melville

Henry David Thoreau
“A man can suffocate on courtesy.”
Henry David Thoreau

Lawrence Goldstone
“You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect.”
Lawrence Goldstone

Anne-Louise-Germaine de Staël
“Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.”
Anne-Louise-Germaine de Staël

Judith Martin
“Nowadays, we never allow ourselves the convenience of being temporarily unavailable, even to strangers. With telephone and beeper, people subject themselves to being instantly accessible to everyone at all times, and it is the person who refuses to be on call, rather than the importunate caller, who is considered rude.”
Judith Martin, Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. Jefferson

Georgette Heyer
“[He was aware] of the value of the word of praise dropped at exactly the right moment; and he would have thought himself extremely stupid to withhold what cost him so little and was productive of such desirable results.”
Georgette Heyer, Sylvester

Shannon L. Alder
“Never presume to know a person based on the one dimensional window of the internet. A soul can’t be defined by critics, enemies or broken ties with family or friends. Neither can it be explained by posts or blogs that lack facial expressions, tone or insight into the person’s personality and intent. Until people “get that”, we will forever be a society that thinks Beautiful Mind was a spy movie and every stranger is really a friend on Facebook.”
Shannon L. Alder

Vera Nazarian
“Passion and courtesy are two polar opposite traits that serve to balance each other into a full-blooded whole.

Without socialization, passion is a crude barbarian, and without passion, the elegant and polite are dead.

Allow both passion and courtesy into your life in equal measure, and be complete.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“As we are, so we do; and as we do, so is it done to us; we are the builders of our fortunes.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sheldon Vanauken
“Whatever one of us asked the other to do - it was assumed the asker would weigh all the consequences - the other would do. Thus one might wake the other in the night and ask for a cup of water; and the other would peacefully (and sleepily) fetch it. We, in fact, defined courtesy as 'a cup of water in the night'. And we considered it a very great courtesy to ask for the cup as well as to fetch it.”
Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy and Triumph

Judith Martin
“Nobody believes that the man who says, 'Look, lady, you wanted equality,' to explain why he won't give up his seat to a pregnant woman carrying three grocery bags, a briefcase, and a toddler is seized with the symbolism of idealism.”
Judith Martin, Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. Jefferson

Lynne Truss
“...when a phone call competes for attention with a real-world conversation, it wins. Everyone knows the distinctive high-and-dry feeling of being abandoned for a phone call, and of having to compensate - with quite elaborate behaviours = for the sudden half-disappearance of the person we were just speaking to. 'Go ahead!' we say. 'Don't mind us! Oh look, here's a magazine I can read!' When the call is over, other rituals come into play, to minimise the disruption caused and to restore good feeling.”
Lynne Truss, Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door

Judith Martin
“One reason that the task of inventing manners is so difficult is that etiquette is folk custom, and people have emotional ties to the forms of their youth. That is why there is such hostility between generations in times of rapid change; their manners being different, each feels affronted by the other, taking even the most surface choices for challenges.”
Judith Martin, Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. Jefferson

“What if today you gave yourself permission to be outrageously kind? What if you extended as much good will and kindness as you can possibly muster to every person you meet? And what if you did it with no thought of reward? I'm sure of one thing: it will be a day you will never regret.”
Steve Goodier

Andrew Ashling
“Oh, hon, it's the little courtesies that make life bearable, I find, wouldn't you agree?”
Andrew Ashling, Bonds of Hate

Harper Lee
“Если ты человек вежливый, говори с другими не про то, что интересно тебе, а про то, что интересно им.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Mette Ivie Harrison
“Your name?" George asked him directly. He had probably seen the man a dozen times before yet did not know anything about him. King Davit would have no doubt have known half the man's history already.
"Henry."
George took Henry's hand firmly in his own and looked into his eyes. This had to be done delicately, to make sure this Henry did not think him a fool. He tried to think of how his father would do it.
"Thank you, Henry, for your concern. It is a comfort to know I am so well guarded. I will make sure to praise you when next I speak to the lord general. But for now I think there is no need to worry.”
Mette Ivie Harrison, The Princess and the Hound

Charles Dickens
“Evil communications corrupt good manners.”
Charles Dickens, The Haunted House

Vinnie Tesla
“Perhaps if you were to refrain from deploying the phrase ‘ignorant
buffoon’ with a liberality most writers reserve for ‘it’ and ‘the,’
you would find a readier audience.”
Vinnie Tesla, The Erotofluidic Age

M.F. Moonzajer
“Sex is not merely an entertainment; it is a courtesy and affability.”
M.F. Moonzajer, LOVE, HATRED AND MADNESS

Connie Brockway
“Etiquette, Seward had once told Jamison, was all that mattered. Ideologies waxed and waned, religions developed and eroded, political parties rose and fell from power. Only courtesy remained one of the few things valued by all civilized men.”
Connie Brockway, All Through the Night

“If formality and courtesy take over the feelings . . . how silly and meaningless these things could become. And despite all this, I still take part in it!”
Fumio Obata, Just So Happens

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