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

The polite of every country seem to have but one character. A gentleman of Sweden differs but little, except in trifles, from one of any other country. It is among the vulgar we are to find those distinctions which characterize a people.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

Among well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt of others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.
      - David Hume

Christianity is designed to refine and to soften; to take away the heart of stone, and to give us hearts of flesh; to polish off the rudeness and arrogances of our manners and tempers; and to make us blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke.
      - John Jay

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

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 fictitious benevolence. Depend upon it, the want of it never fails to produce something disagreeable to one or other.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Politeness is one of those advantages which we never estimate rightly but by the inconvenience of its loss.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The true effect of genuine politeness seems to be rather ease than pleasure.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Wisdom and virtue are by no means sufficient, without the supplemental laws of good-breeding, to secure freedom from degenerating into rudeness, or self esteem from swelling into insolence. A thousand incivilities may be committed, and a thousand offices neglected. without any remorse of conscience, or reproach from reason.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Politeness is a kind of anaesthetic which envelops the asperities of our character, so that other people be not wounded by them. We should never be without it, even when we contend with the rude.
      - Joseph Joubert

Politeness is the flower of humanity.
      - Joseph Joubert

Politeness is to goodness what words are to thoughts.
      - Joseph Joubert

Politeness smooths wrinkles.
      - Joseph Joubert

Avoid all haste; calmness is an essential ingredient of politeness.
      - Alphonse Karr (Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

It seems to me that the spirit of politeness is a certain attention in causing that, by our words and by our manners, others may be content with us and with themselves.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Politeness does not always inspire goodness, equity, complaisance, and gratitude; it gives at least the appearance of these qualities, and makes man appear outwardly, as he should be within.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Politeness costs little and yields much.
      - Madame Anne Therese de Lambert

Politeness is not always a sign of wisdom; but the want of it always leaves room for a suspicion of folly, if folly and imprudence are the same.
      - Walter Savage Landor

In the great world, malevolence and disdain never appear in any other garb than that of cold and ceremonious politeness.
      - Lathy

It is because gold is rare that gilding has been invented, which, without having its solidity, has all its brilliancy. Thus, to replace the kindness we lack, we have devised politeness which has all its appearance.
      - Duc de Levis, Gaston Pierre Marc

Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in small things.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

To the acquisition of the rare quality of politeness, so much of the enlightened understanding is necessary that I cannot but consider every book in every science, which tends to make us wiser, and of course better men, as a treatise on a more enlarged system of politeness.
      - Harold Edward Monro

Politeness costs nothing and gains everything.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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