- See ye not, Courtesy
- Is the true Alchemy,
- Turning to gold all it touches and tries?
GEORGE MEREDITH, "The Song of Courtesy"
Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.
HONORE DE BALZAC, Letters of Two Brides
Courtesy in the world is by no means a false and culpable pretense. It softens rather than dissimulates; and, on the whole, since it deceives nobody, it cannot be accused of falsehood.
MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles," The Writings of Madame Swetchine
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
Courtesy is a debt we all owe to humanity.