Civility Quotes

Quotes tagged as "civility" (showing 1-30 of 100)
C.S. Lewis
“We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the ris-
ing generation. I am an oldster myself and might be
expected to take the oldsters' side, but in fact I have
been far more impressed by the bad manners of par-
ents to children than by those of children to parents.
Who has not been the embarrassed guest at family
meals where the father or mother treated their
grown-up offspring with an incivility which, offered
to any other young people, would simply have termi-
nated the acquaintance? Dogmatic assertions on mat-
ters which the children understand and their elders
don't, ruthless interruptions, flat contradictions,
ridicule of things the young take seriously some-
times of their religion insulting references to their
friends, all provide an easy answer to the question
"Why are they always out? Why do they like every
house better than their home?" Who does not prefer
civility to barbarism?”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“When the healthy pursuit of self-interest and self-realization turns into self-absorption, other people can lose their intrinsic value in our eyes and become mere means to the fulfillment of our needs and desires.”
P.M. Forni, The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude

Ted Koppel
“Aspire to decency. Practice civility toward one another. Admire and emulate ethical behavior wherever you find it. Apply a rigid standard of morality to your lives; and if, periodically, you fail ­ as you surely will ­ adjust your lives, not the standards.”
Ted Koppel

John Patrick Hickey
“When you know you can do something, and you feel good about yourself, you do not have to devalue others.”
John Patrick Hickey, Oops! Did I Really Post That

Peter Kreeft
“Be egalitarian regarding persons. Be elitist regarding ideas.”
Peter Kreeft

John Patrick Hickey
“Be a person that others will look for your posts daily because they know you will encourage them. Be the positive one and help others to have a great day and you will find that not only they like you but you will like you too.”
John Patrick Hickey, Oops! Did I Really Post That

Amit Kalantri
“Politeness is the first thing people lose once they get the power.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Linda Leaming
“If I had to name the biggest difference between Bhutan and the rest of the world, I could do it in one word, civility.”
Linda Leaming, Married to Bhutan

Francine Rivers
“Leaving the group, he reclined on a couch, drank morosely, and watched people. He noticed the games they played with one another. They put on masks of civility, all while spewing their venom.”
Francine Rivers, An Echo in the Darkness

Haroutioun Bochnakian
“Democracy is a continuous, open process of civility.
A democracy can never be “done”; updating democracy can never be over.

Democracy can be nothing else but a continuous process, because we use it to organize our life, and life is nothing but a continuous process.

Democracy can be compared to an operating system or an anti-virus software; if it does not get perpetually updated, it becomes obsolete very fast.

Trusting the updates or the “improvements” of democracy to the elected and the owned mass media is like trusting the updates of an anti-virus program to virus creators; it defeats the purpose of updates or improvements.”
Haroutioun Bochnakian, The Human Consensus and The Ultimate Project Of Humanity

Jane Austen
“Words were insufficient for the elevation of his [Mr Collins'] feelings; and he was obliged to walk about the room, while Elizabeth tried to unite civility and truth in a few short sentences.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
“The conversation soon turned upon fishing, and she heard Mr. Darcy invite him, with the greatest civility, to fish there as often as he chose while he continued in the neighbourhood, offering at the same time to supply him with fishing tackle, and pointing out those parts of the stream where there was usually most sport. Mrs. Gardiner, who was walking arm in arm with Elizabeth, gave her a look expressive of her wonder. Elizabeth said nothing, but it gratified her exceedingly; the compliment must be all for herself. Her astonishment, however, was extreme; and continually was she repeating, "Why is he so altered? From what can it proceed? It cannot be for me, it cannot be for my sake that his manners are thus softened. My reproofs at Hunsford could not work such a change as this. It is impossible that he should still love me.”
Jane Austen

Kevin Stirtz
“To work best democracy needs a diversity of thoughts, ideas and expression. This is only possible with freedom and civility.”
Kevin Stirtz

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“Civility is an affectation if it is not informed by some deeper quality of character.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Nancy Schoellkopf
“How to open your heart? Step one: listen.”
Nancy Schoellkopf

Eric Robert Morse
“When it becomes more profitable to make fun of someone or berate them for their beliefs than it is to offer a constructive alternative, intellectual discourse is threatened. And, when a people can no longer rely on intellectual discourse, the society is bound to fall.”
Eric Robert Morse, Juggernaut: Why The System Crushes The Only People Who Can Save It

Robert H. Lieberman
“. . . the authors had developed indices that could be employed to measure the state of a civilization, to determine if society was healthy, in decline, or perhaps even dead. The indicators keyed in on everything from the accumulation of refuse to declines in everyday civility. They looked at how a society treated its most vulnerable citizens; examined a culture's architecture, gauging its scale in relation to humans and the surrounding natural world. One of the primary indicators, however, was a measure of the ability of a society's citizens to listen to each other and truly hear what was being said. It evaluated by gradations the ability of individuals to stand motionless for prolonged periods, receptive to their surroundings.”
Robert H. Lieberman, The Last Boy

“The candor of a civilized mind comes from the ability to question self before action; the reverse is the case for the creative mind; act first, then question later.”
Val Uchendu

“I directly asked respondents why they behaved uncivilly.More than half claimed it was because they are overloaded,and more than 40 percent said they ha "no time to be nice.”
Christine Porath, Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace

“Whether in business or in life, you can be civil and get ahead. Whatever your age or circumstance, you can master civility. So what are you doing today to connect with others? What kind of legacy are you leaving? Are you lifting people up or holding them down?
In each moment we get to choose who we want to be.
Who do you want to be?
Christine Porath, Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace

Dada Bhagwan
“Civility (sabhyata,) is the sign of one with the right belief (enlightened view, samkit) and etiquette is the sign of one with a wrong belief (deluded view, bhranti).”
Dada Bhagwan

Jane Austen
“I am worn out with civility. I have been talking incessantly all night, and with nothing to say. But with you there may be peace. You will not want to be talked to. Let us have the luxury of silence.”
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Stephen L. Carter
“Nastiness devalues the speaker as well because the unwillingness to restrain the urge marks the speaker as less civilized, more animal-like.”
Stephen L. Carter, Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy

Peter David
“Only in this world of topsy-turvy attitudes could outright stupidity, such as I had displayed, be something that got me high marks. I had an amused glimmering of a notion at that point: If I ever turned out to be a complete and utter fool, I could wind up running the whole kingdom. It was something to consider.”
Peter David, Sir Apropos of Nothing

Robert Louis Stevenson
“The average man lives, and must live, so wholly in convention, that gunpowder charges of the truth are more apt to discompose than to invigorate his creed. Either he cries out upon blasphemy and indecency, and crouches the closer round that little idol of part-truths and part-conveniences which is the contemporary deity, or he is convinced by what is new, forgets what is old, and becomes truly blasphemous and indecent himself. New truth is only useful to supplement the old; rough truth is only wanted to expand, not to destroy, our civil and often elegant conventions.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Books Which Have Influenced Me: A Paper Contributed to the British Weekly, May 13, 1887

“Civility is important, even though bitchiness is expedient.”
Laura Tallulah Holland

Steve Maraboli
“When civility is illusory, war is inevitable.”
Steve Maraboli

“You can disagree and still be civil. If anything it is more effective if you don't lose your cool and provide a rational, well thought out point of view. Not everyone agrees on every subject but that doesn't mean you can't get along or be friends.”
Akiroq Brost

Adam Nevill
“They had made everything she took for granted redundant, like cooperation and manners and civility and privacy and laws. Silly things that pinged out easily like old light bulbs.”
Adam Nevill, No One Gets Out Alive

Baltasar Gracián
“He who has slaked his thirst, immediately turns his back on the well, no longer needing it. When dependence disappears, so does civility and decency, and then respect.”
Baltasar Gracián

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