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

I consider that the spirit of politeness is a certain desire to bring it about, that, by our words and manners, others may be pleased with us and with themselves.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Politeness is the art of rendering to every one, without effort, that which is socially his due.
      - Old French Saying

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

It is a part of good breeding that a man should be polite even to himself.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

All politeness is owing to liberty. We polish one another, and rub off our corners and rough sides by a sort of amicable collision. To restrain this is inevitably to bring a rust upon men's understandings.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

Off goes his bonnet to an oyster wench.
      - William Shakespeare

Politeness is better than logic. You can often persuade when you cannot convince.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness, and none more profitable.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

"Politeness," says Witherspoon, "is real kindness kindly expressed;" an admirable definition, and so brief that ail may easily remember it. This is the sum and substance of all true politeness. Put it in practice, and all will be charmed with your manners.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

The only true source of politeness is consideration,--that vigilant moral sense which never loses sight of the rights, the claims, and the sensibilities of others. This is the one quality, over all others, necessary to make a gentleman.
      - William Gilmore Simms

The truest politeness comes of sincerity.
      - Samuel Smiles

True politeness is consideration for the opinions of others. It has been said of dogmatism that it is only puppyism come to its full growth; and certainly the worst form this quality can assume is that of opinionativeness and arrogance.
      - Samuel Smiles

Do not press your young children into book-learning; but teach them politeness, including the whole circle of charities which spring from the consciousness of what is due to their fellow-beings.
      - Johann Kaspar Spurzheim

Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

Kindly politeness is the slow fruit of advanced reflection; it is a sort of humanity and kindliness applied to small acts and every day discourse: it bids man soften towards others, and forget himself for the sake of others: it constrains genuine nature, which is selfish and gross.
      - Henri Taine (Hyppolyte Adolpe Taine)

Gentleness is the great point to be obtained in the study of manners.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

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