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POLITENESS
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[ Also see Civility Complacency Good Breeding Impertinence Incivility Manners Refinement Rudeness ]

The wisest and best are repulsive, if they are characterized by repulsive manners. Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

With hat in hand, one gets on in the world.
      - Berthold Auerbach

He is truly well-bred who knows when to value and when to despise those national peculiarities, which are regarded by some with so much observance; a traveller of taste at once perceives that the wise are polite all the world over, but that fools are polite only at home.
      - Francis Bacon

Fine manners are like personal beauty,--a letter of credit everywhere.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Politeness is a wreath of flowers that adorns the world.
      - Mme. de Bassanville

True politeness is the spirit of benevolence showing itself in a refined way. It is the expression of good-will and kindness. It promotes both beauty in the man who possesses it, and happiness in those who are about him. It is a religious duty, and should be a part of religious training.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The zero of friendship's thermometer.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world, either to get a good name, or to supply the want of it.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

When two goats met on a bridge which was too narrow to allow either to pass or return, the goat which lay down that the other might walk over it was a finer gentleman than Lord Chesterfield.
      - Lord David Cecil (Edward Christian David Cecil)

There is nothing costs less than civility.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Bowing, ceremonious, formal compliments, stiff civilities, will never be politeness; that must be easy, natural, unstudied; and what will give this but a mind benevolent and attentive to exert that amiable disposition in trifles to all you converse and live with?
      - 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt

Not to perceive the little weaknesses and the idle but innocent affectations of the company may be allowable as a sort of polite duty. The company will be pleased with you if you do, and most probably will not be reformed by you if you do not.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Nothing is more dissimilar than natural and acquired politeness. The first consists in a willing abnegation of self; the second in a compelled recollection of others.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated yourself.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

In politeness, as in many other things connected with the formation of character, people in general begin outside, when they should begin inside; instead of beginning with the heart, and trusting that to form the manners, they begin with the manners, and trust the heart to chance influences.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

In all the affairs of human life, social as well as political, I have remarked that courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.
      - Henry Clay

That politeness which we put on, in order to keep the assuming and the presumptuous at a proper distance will generally succeed. But it sometimes happens that these obtrusive characters are on such excellent terms with themselves that they put down this very politeness to the score of their own great merits and high pretensions, meeting the coldness of our reserve with a ridiculous condescension of familiarity, in order to set us at ease with ourselves.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Politeness is nothing more than an elegant and concealed species of flattery, tending to put the person to whom it is addressed in good humor and respect with himself.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Politeness is practical Christianity.
      - Orville Dewey

Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perceptions. Men are too coarsely made for the delicacy of beautiful carriage and customs. It is not quite sufficient to good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-command is the main elegance.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politeness is a mixture of discretion, civility, complaisance and circumspection spread over all we do and say.
      - Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond

Good-breeding is not confined to externals, much less to any particular dress or attitude of the body; it is the art of pleasing, or contributing as much as possible to the ease and happiness of those with whom you converse.
      - Henry Fielding

Politeness is as natural to delicate natures as perfume is to flowers.
      - J. de Finod

There is a politeness of the heart; this is closely allied to love.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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