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What fairer cloak than courtesy for fraud?
- William Alexander, Earl of Stirling
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
- Francis Bacon
When Zachariah Fox, the great merchant of Liverpool, was asked by what means he contrived to realize so large a fortune as he possessed, his reply was: "Friend, by one article alone, and in which thou mayest deal too, if thou pleasest,--it is civility."
- Richard Bentley
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
Nothing costs less nor is cheaper than compliments of civility.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
By a union courtesy and talent an adversary may be made to grace his own defeat, as the sandal-tree perfumes the hatchet that cuts it down.
- Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)
Great talents, such as honor, virtue, learning, and parts, are above the generality of the world, who neither possess them themselves nor judge of them rightly in others; but all people are judges of the lesser talents, such as civility, affability, and an obliging, agreeable address and manner, because they feel the good effects of them, as making society easy and pleasing.
- 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope
I once knew a man out of courtesy help a lame dog over a stile, and he for requital bit his fingers.
- William Chillingworth,
The Religion of Protestants
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
- Henry Clay
A moral, sensible, and well-bred man
Will not affront me, and no other can.
- William Cowper, Conversation (l. 193)
This Florentine's a very saint, so meek
And full of courtesy, that he would lend
The devil his cloak, and stand i' th' rain himself.
- Sir William D'Avenant
To remind a man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach.
The whole of heraldry and of chivalry is in courtesy. A man of fine manners shall pronounce your name with all the ornament that titles of nobility could ever add.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We must be courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is not so short that there is always time enough for courtesy.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Social Aims
If ever I should affect injustice, it would be in this, that I might do courtesies and receive none.
- Owen Felltham (Feltham)
How sweet and gracious, even in common speech,
Is that fine sense which men call Courtesy!
Wholesome as air and genial as the light,
Welcome in every clime as breath of flowers,
It transmutes aliens into trusting friends,
And gives its over passport round the globe.
- James Thomas Fields, Courtesy
Their accents firm and loud in conversation,
Their eyes and gestures eager, sharp and quick
Showed them prepared on proper provocation
To give the lie, pull noses, stab and kick!
And for that very reason it is said
They were so very courteous and well-bred.
- John Hookham Frere,
Prospectus and Specimen of an Intended National Work
As the sword of the best-tempered metal is the most flexible; so the truly generous are most pliant and courteous in their behavior to their inferiors.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In thy discourse, if thou desire to please;
All such is courteous, useful, new, or wittie:
Usefulness comes by labour, wit byease;
Courtesie grows in court; news in the citie.
- George Herbert, Church--Church Porch
Courtesy and good humor are often found with little real worth.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
Nothing is a courtesy unless it be meant us, and that friendly and lovingly. We owe no thanks to rivers that they carry our boats, or winds that they be favoring and fill our sails, or meats that they be nourishing; for these are what they are necessarily. Horses carry us, trees shade us; but they know it not.
- Ben Jonson
When my friends are blind of one eye, I look at them in profile.
- Joseph Joubert
When we are saluted with a salutation, the person with a better salutation, or at least return the same, for God taketh an account of all things.
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