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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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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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 part of the social immune system, preventing hostility, calming inflammations and healing breaches.

MITALI SARAN, "The pathology of politeness", Business Standard, April 22, 2016

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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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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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