POLITENESS QUOTES

quotations about politeness

Politeness quote

Politeness is one half good nature and the other half good lying.

MARY WILSON LITTLE, A Paragrapher's Reveries

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Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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Either one learns politeness at home ... or the world teaches it to you with a whip and you may get hurt in the process.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, Tender Is the Night

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Being polite is not meant to be a graceful way of being dishonest. Politeness is a way in which we honor and respect others.

MARK NICHOLS, The Rules: Ten to Live By

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Politeness is ... forgetting ourselves in order to seek what may be agreeable to others.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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Politeness only teaches us to save others from unnecessary pain.... You are not bound by politeness to tell any falsehoods.

MARIA EDGEWORTH, The Flowerpot

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One of the greatest victories you can gain over any man is to beat him at politeness.

JOSH BILLINGS, Wit and Wisdom of Josh Billings

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Politeness is an inexpensive way of making friends.

WILLIAM FEATHER, Forbes, 1989

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Please and thank you are still magic words.

ANONYMOUS

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Nobody loses anything by being polite, but there are a lot of people who are afraid to take the risk.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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A man should be as polite all the time as a candidate is just before an election.

ED HOWE, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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The key to being polite is to think of yourself as Lord or Lady Bountiful -- much too well-bred to let on that your bunions pinch or your fine sense of smell has just discerned that something has died.

JOY BROWNE, Dating for Dummies

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Politeness is like an air cushion: there may be nothing in it, but it eases our jolts wonderfully.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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

SYDNEY SMITH, A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith

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Some folks are too polite to be up to any good.

KIN HUBBARD, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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Being polite is, by itself, not a form of hypocrisy. It is not an empty formalism unless you choose to make it so.

ANDRE DEKKER, Big Pieces of Time

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At a finishing school, a girl spends a few years learning how to behave in polite society, and the rest of her life trying to find it.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims

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The boldness of his mind was sheathed in a scabbard of politeness.

DUMAS MALONE, Jefferson the Virginian

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Politeness. Now there's a poor man's virtue if ever there was one. What's so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, it's easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what's left when you've failed at everything else.

DIANE SETTERFIELD, The Thirteenth Tale

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