Quotes and Sayings about Politeness



"Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Hypocrisy, Politeness)

"One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Gain, Politeness)

"Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness."
- Otto von Bismarck
(Related: War, Politeness, Rules)

"Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Politeness)

"It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship."
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Related: Friendship, Oil, Politeness)

"Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom."
- Gustave Flaubert
(Related: Art, Faith, Freedom, Nothing, Politeness)

"The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness."
- Marguerite Gardiner
(Related: Conscience, Politeness)

"In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Nature, People, Politeness)

"Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same."
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Related: Country, Politeness)

"For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: Civilization, Politeness)

"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
(Related: Humor, Truth, Virtue, Politeness, Want)

"Politeness is the flower of humanity."
- Joseph Joubert
(Related: Humanity, Politeness)

"I want minimum information given with maximum politeness."
- Jackie Kennedy
(Related: Information, Politeness, Want)

"When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected 'I believe' to 'one does feel'."
- Ronald Knox
(Related: Politeness, Zeal)

"Politeness is the poison of collaboration."
- Edwin Land
(Related: Collaboration, Poison, Politeness)

"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)

"Politeness is only one half good manners and the other half good lying."
- Mary Wilson Little
(Related: Lying, Manners, Politeness)

"Politeness is half good manners and half good lying."
- Mary Wilson Little
(Related: Lying, Manners, Politeness)

"Punctuality is the politeness of kings."
- Louis XVIII
(Related: Kings, Politeness, Punctuality)

"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
(Related: Politeness)

"Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Consideration, Politeness)

"True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Being, Politeness, Self)

"Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Desire, Politeness)

"Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Nature, Human nature, Politeness)

"The only true source of politeness is consideration."
- William Gilmore Simms
(Related: Consideration, Politeness)

"Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts."
- Madame de Stael
(Related: Art, Thoughts, Politeness)

"Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately."
- Philip Stanhope
(Related: Time, Letters, Politeness)

"Politeness is organized indifference."
- Paul Valery
(Related: Indifference, Politeness)

"It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience, decency, politeness and courtesy."
- Khaleda Zia
(Related: Politics, Courtesy, Decency, Patience, Politeness, Practice)