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Courtesy Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Courtesy.

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength,
the latter becomes irresistible.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Related topics: Wisdom

Life is a gift, and I try to respond with grace and courtesy.
- Maya Angelou

Feigned courtesy is a mere shadow of true kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience,
decency, politeness and courtesy.
- Khaleda Zia

 

I have always felt that if a man gives you a solid
gold key to his door he is entitled to the courtesy of a visit.
- Hedy Lamarr

It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature,
is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy.
- Mercy Otis Warren

There will always be someone else with a different view than you.
I appreciate them and would never say that they are wrong.
I hope that they would give me that courtesy also.
- Melissa Etheridge

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There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.
- Edward V. Lucas

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined;
Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to
press our doubts too far.
- George Santayana

All places where women are excluded tend downward to barbarism;
but the moment she is introduced,
there come in with her courtesy, cleanliness,
sobriety, and order.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds.
A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship,
and he who plants kindness gathers love.
- Saint Basil

All doors open to courtesy.
- Thomas Fuller

The courtesy which most becomes a victor was denied
to Germany for a long time.
- Gustav Stresemann

It is better to have too much courtesy than too little,
provided you are not equally courteous to all,
for that would be injustice.
- Baltasar Gracian

The grace of God is courtesy.
- Hilaire Belloc

No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.
- Bryant H. McGill

It was a woman who drove me to drink,
and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.
- W. C. Fields

Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.
- John Wanamaker

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
- Theodore Roosevelt

There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy.
- E. V. Lucas

Princes of courtesy, merciful, proud and strong.
- Henry Newbolt

Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration.
Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.
- Margaret Chase Smith

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
- Jacques Maritain

I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility,
and tiresome in their courtesy.
- Michel de Montaigne

When a language creates as it does a community within the present,
it does so only by courtesy of a community between
the present and the past.
- Christopher Ricks

Friends, near or far, are important to us.
All of ours have an awareness of other persons' feelings,
a courtesy that's inevitable.
When I find that consideration in a fan,
I'm immediately impressed.
- Kent McCord

Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization;
it is the best part of refinement and in many ways,
an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man's cruelty and baseness.
- Bryant H. McGill

Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher's instructions,
and guided by principles of ritual.
Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility,
obey the conventions and rules of society,
and achieve order.
- Xun Zi

If you treat with courtesy your equal,
who is privileged to resent an impertinence,
how much more cautious should you be to your dependents,
from whom you demand a respectful demeanor.
- Robert Chambers

I place a high moral value on the way people behave.
I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with
anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word -
politeness of the heart,
a gentleness of the spirit.
- Fran Lebowitz

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you
to say disagreeable things to your intimates.
The nearer you come into relation with a person,
the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I'd like to say from the beginning that the 12 years I've been coming here,
I've met unfailing courtesy and cooperation,
courtesy from your people and cooperation from the Ministry of Information.
- Peter Arnett

The language of the younger generation has the brutality
of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand,
not to come.
It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent
probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.
- Elizabeth Hardwick

I had not to this time subsisted, but that I was supported
by your frequent courtesies and favours.
- Philip Massinger

Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels;
you must have some of your own.
- John Wanamaker

The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the
ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
- Henry Clay

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Suppose our gratitude could be zero-based gratitude.
With zero-based gratitude,
we would be grateful for everything we had each day -
regardless of whether it was more or less than yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude, I can be grateful for all the people,
the love, the food, the shelter, the services,
the health, that I am blessed with today,
regardless of what I had yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude,
I can be grateful each day for the gift of life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby


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