Quotes and Sayings about Courtesy
"Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Courtesy, Selfishness)
"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
(Related: Love, Friendship, Courtesy, Deed, Deeds, Kindness, Man, Plants)
"The grace of God is courtesy."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: God, Courtesy, Grace)
"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
"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
(Related: Hope, Courtesy, Will, Wrong)
"It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it."
- W. C. Fields
(Related: Courtesy, Woman)
"All doors open to courtesy."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Courtesy, Open)
"When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Strength, Courtesy, Restraint)
"There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Love, Heart, Behavior, Courtesy)
"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
(Related: Courtesy, Injustice)
"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
(Related: Power, Courtesy, Language, Military)
"Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy."
- George Herbert
(Related: Truth, Error, Fault)
"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
(Related: Friendship, Courtesy, Tact)
"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
(Related: Courtesy, Gold, Key, Man, Visit)
"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
(Related: People, Heart, Courtesy, Old, Politeness, Sense, Spirit, Value, Word)
"Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Related: Intelligence, Courtesy)
"There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy."
- E. V. Lucas
"There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy."
- Edward V. Lucas
(Related: Courtesy, Defense)
"Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy."
- Jacques Maritain
(Related: Gratitude, Courtesy)
"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
(Related: Feelings, Awareness, Consideration, Courtesy, Friends)
"No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy."
- Bryant H. McGill
"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
(Related: Art, Beauty, Civilization, Clouds, Courtesy, Cruelty, Man)
"I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: People, Courtesy)
"Princes of courtesy, merciful, proud and strong."
- Henry Newbolt
"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
(Related: Community, Courtesy, Language, Past, Present)
"Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Courage, Courtesy, Gentleman)
"There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far."
- George Santayana
(Related: Courtesy, Press, Skepticism)
"Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought."
- Margaret Chase Smith
(Related: Being, Consideration, Courtesy, Criticism)
"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
(Related: Women, Cleanliness, Courtesy, Order)
"The courtesy which most becomes a victor was denied to Germany for a long time."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Time, Courtesy, Germany)
"Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with."
- John Wanamaker
"It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Nature, Mistake, Courtesy, Cruelty, Man, May, State)
"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
(Related: Society, Courtesy, First, Humility, Order, Principles, Ritual, Rules)
"It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience, decency, politeness and courtesy."
- Khaleda Zia
(Related: Politics, Courtesy, Decency, Patience, Politeness, Practice)