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Politeness Quotes

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

Politeness is organized indifference.
- Paul Valery

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Ceremonies are different in every country,
but true politeness is everywhere the same.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness;
nothing but faith,
faith and freedom.
- Gustave Flaubert

When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal,
corrected 'I believe' to 'one does feel'.
- Ronald Knox

 

Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
- Louis XVIII

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
- Honore de Balzac

Politeness is the poison of collaboration.
- Edwin Land

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Politeness is only one half good manners and the other half good lying.
- Mary Wilson Little

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.
- Mary Wilson Little

Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
- Jean de la Bruyere

True politeness consists in being easy one's self,
and in making every one about one as easy as one can.
- Alexander Pope

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

In truth, politeness is artificial good humor,
it covers the natural want of it,
and ends by rendering habitual a substitute
nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
- Thomas Jefferson

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
- Madame de Stael

The only true source of politeness is consideration.
- William Gilmore Simms

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

Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy.
- Ambrose Bierce

Politeness is the flower of humanity.
- Joseph Joubert

Callousness and insolence bring to bare unanimous social condemnation,
while the simple efforts of politeness are admired;
even in those who are otherwise despised.
- Bryant H. McGill

In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness,
industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people.
- Paul Getty

For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible
conscience and an inflexible politeness.
- Marguerite Gardiner

I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.
- Jackie Kennedy

Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters
within a reasonable time,
as it is in returning a bow, immediately.
- Philip Stanhope

Courteousness is consideration for others;
politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations.
- Bryant H. McGill

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to
the mechanism of friendship.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

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

When you have to kill a man,
it costs nothing to be polite.
- Winston Churchill

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
- Thomas Jefferson

An armed society is a polite society.
Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
- Robert A. Heinlein

I am the common man.
I'm polite, I love my family and I play by the rules.
And sometimes I get pushed around.
That's my lifestyle, and that's what I try to bring to characters.
- Eugene Levy

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat.
It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.
- Carl Sandburg

And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition,
with the women to the left and the men to the right,
as it is on the stairs or the block in polite society.
- Henry Lawson

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

A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit,
as a rude friend is to protect.
- Bryant H. McGill

The concert is a polite form of self induced torture.
- Henry Miller

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe,
polite, obedient, and sterile.
- Sinclair Lewis

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite,
remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.
- e. e. cummings

Cost recovery is the polite way of saying,
make families pay to educate their children.
- Susan George

Men of polite learning and a liberal education.
- Matthew Henry

I'm an underdog person, so I align myself with those
who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.
- Jessica Hagedorn

You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time,
it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.
- George McGovern

A car to pick me up every day, a chair with my name on it,
everybody being very polite...
what can you do except sit back and watch it all,
try to take it all in?
- Charles Dance

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

The numbers are a catalyst that can help turn raving
madmen into polite humans.
- Philip J. Davis

Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted.
In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder.
It is a howling reproach.
- Ted Koppel

You can't compare a Super Bowl crowd,
which tends to be more polite and a little more neutral to that.
The Super Bowl only has 7,000 to 8,000 fans for each team.
- Lamar Hunt

Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killing yet.
- Thelma Ritter

Tequila.
Straight.
There's a real polite drink.
You keep drinking until you finally take one more and it just won't go down.
Then you know you've reached your limit.
- Lee Marvin

Congress's definition of torture in those laws -
the infliction of severe mental or physical pain -
leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation.
- John Yoo

The nerves are a problem on trumpet,
because when you mess up everyone can hear it.
Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it.
That should calm your nerves.
- Wynton Marsalis

When a man is trying to sell you something,
don't imagine that he is polite all the time.
- Edgar Watson Howe

The English are polite by telling lies.
The Americans are polite by telling the truth.
- Malcolm Bradbury

Polite strangers often tell soothing lies about our
physical appearance that prevent many of us from facing,
discussing and solving our real problems.
- Martha Beck

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
- Aubrey Beardsley

In polite society one laughs at all the jokes,
including the ones one has heard before.
- Frank Dane

My mom always taught me to be sweet and polite and
cross my legs because it's what the guys like.
Actually, they like a raunchy girl once in a while.
- Tiffani Amber Thiessen

People in France are very intrusive when they recognize you.
In New York, they are very polite, with quick words,
so it's great.
- Audrey Tautou

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical.
He pretends to be polite and then, eventually,
he becomes polite.
- Jean Kerr

It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with
candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.
- Russell Lynes

Sometimes when you start losing detail,
whether it's in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite,
you start to lose substance.
- Benny Goodman

Balanced is probably what I am, although that's just
a polite way to say that you don't do anything very well.
- Steve Yzerman

Texas, to be respected must be polite.
Santa Anna living, can be of incalculable benefit to Texas;
Santa Anna dead,
would just be another dead Mexican.
- Sam Houston

Sometimes if you have very confident people,
you have to tell them please, be polite,
there are other players are good enough as you and
you should never speak out of an orchestra.
- Kurt Masur

No one who is at all acquainted with the Indian in
his home can deny that we are a polite people.
- Charles Eastman

It is more comfortable for me, in the long run,
to be rude than polite.
- Wyndham Lewis

Polite conversation is rarely either.
- Fran Lebowitz

I don't write polite letters.
I don't like to plea-bargain.
I like to fight.
- Roy M. Cohn


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