Politeness Quotes

Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.

Theodore Roosevelt

Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations.

Bryant McGill

Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business.

Phineas Taylor Barnum

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The ultimate politeness in art consists of speaking only to those who are able to uncover and measure its relationships. Anything else is symbolic, and symbolism is merely transcendental imagery.

Jean Maurice Eugne Clment Cocteau

Be not intimidated, therefore, by any terrors, from publishing with the utmost freedom whatever can be warranted by the laws of your country; nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.

John Adams

Politeness is the most acceptable hypocrisy

Ambrose Bierce

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

Josh Billings

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

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.

Thomas Sowell

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.


Politeness wins the confidence of princes

Chinese Proverbs

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.

Otto von Bismarck

Reason is a free gift from God and politeness is acquisition. He who undertakes politeness has power over it. He who undertakes reason increases (himself) through that nothing but ignorance.

Ali ar-Ridha

All Politeness is owing to Liberty. We polish one another, and rub off our Corners and rough Sides by a sort of amicable Collision. To restrain this, is inevitably to bring a Rust upon Mens Understandings.

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury

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