Best Quotes About 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punctuality is the politeness of kings. -Louis XVIII of France

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

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

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

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

That survival instinct, that will to live, that need to get back to life again, is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It's such a powerful force. -Danny Boyle

The ability to compromise is not a diplomatic politeness toward a partner but rather taking into account and respecting your partner's legitimate interests. -Vladimir Putin

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They're underused. -Tommy Lee Jones

My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons. -Roger Moore

I don't think you should have to try to be nice, I think most people are nice. I think being cheerful and nice is just a politeness. -Graham Norton

With everybody having a Facebook and a Twitter, I feel like regular people consider themselves stars. It's a live, real-time upload of every time we buy a pair of socks, the most telling sign that we're losing our politeness. When you know everything about somebody, you can talk to them any way you please. -Jeff Ross

I still do find it very difficult in the West to connect to this politeness of smiling, not saying how you're thinking or not saying how you really feel. -Waris Dirie

The list of my favorite experiences would almost equal the list of plays I've been in. There are a few exceptions, but out of politeness I'm not going to mention them. If you don't have a few stinkers, you can't appreciate the good ones. -T. R. Knight

I'm sitting in my home office wearing a bathrobe. The same way I'm not going to start wearing ties, I'm also not going to buy into the fake politeness, the lying, the office politics and backstabbing, the passive aggressiveness, and the buzzwords. -Linus Torvalds

You've gotta be very careful that grace and politeness do not merge into a banality of behavior, where we're just nice, sort of 'death by cupcake.' -Bono

Great men show politeness in a particular way; a smile suffices to assure you that you are welcome, and keep about their avocations as if you were a member of the family. -John James Audubon

Spare me this sanctimony about politeness, please. There are millions of people in this country who hate the very word 'Thatcher' and 'Thatcherism,' which continues until this day. -George Galloway

I do not want to be a robot, a cog in society who answers 'yes' because 'yes' is considered the appropriate answer. Neither do I want to be a protestor. I just want to seek out what lies underneath the veils of politeness and programming that I've been given as a person in this society. -Damien Rice

Never speak to an invalid from behind, nor from the door, nor from any distance from him, nor when he is doing anything. The official politeness of servants in these things is so grateful to invalids, that many prefer, without knowing why, having none but servants about them. -Florence Nightingale

When I see someone for the first time in a while, and they ask, 'How have you been?' or 'What have you been up to?', it's politeness but a bit of a conversation stopper. -Rachel Kushner

One of the things that hold together a human society is the existence of basic politeness among its members. -Yair Lapid

I think, regardless of gender, women and men need to be brave, take chances with their work, and be open to feedback. But I do think 'politeness' is an issue that can hinder your work if you aren't careful. Kindness is important, but being overly polite – thinking you can't disagree with someone about your own work – be careful about that. -Ellie Kemper

It's one of these things that I've been struck by for so long about America. You know, this amazing politeness of American life that's not at all class specific. It's not like people get more polite as ascend the hierarchy of society. Just incredible good manners. It's always been something that I've noticed. -Geoff Dyer

I'm big on manners. I'm big on politeness. I'm big on gratitude. -Kate Hudson

We tend to assume that we have a baseline of speech that's going to be normal in all contexts, but the truth is, we all change our ways of speaking depending on who we're talking to. And so I think it's kind of a gesture of politeness to the people you're speaking to to try to say something in their own idiom. -Deborah Tannen

Civility, politeness, it's like a cement in a society: binds it together. And when we lose it, then I think we all feel lesser and slightly dirty because of it. -Jeremy Irons

Bragging about yourself violates norms of modesty and politeness – and if you were really competent, your work would speak for itself. -Adam Grant

In the contemporary world, we think of politeness as surface behavior, like frosting – it's sweet and attractive and finishes off the cake. But 19th century nobility and the enlightened thinkers and stoics before them viewed manners in a very different way. To them, manners are an outward expression of an inward struggle. -Amor Towles

There is something about growing up in the Midwest that gives a different kind of sensibility. But if I'm feeling insecure, the smiles and politeness get upped a notch, and maybe that isn't totally reflective of how I'm feeling on the inside. -Paul Rudd

Richard Nixon made a toast to me as a future Prime Minister of Canada when I was 4 months old, sitting as a centerpiece in the middle of a table as my father had plonked me down there. It was more about politeness than any great vision. -Justin Trudeau

From the time I've landed in India and wherever I've travelled, I've only experienced politeness and courtesy. There has been no hatred whatsoever. But I strongly feel every country has its formalities and rules that one has to abide by. I believe in respecting that, as it is in the best interests of everyone. -Fawad Khan

I try to be kind, and I try to reflect that in my comedy, but I'm also incredibly bad at being mean. I can't pull it off effectively, so I always end up reverting back to politeness. -Josh Gondelman

What's so useful about the British culture of politeness is the level of passive aggression is really fun to write. -Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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