Politeness Proverbs

Sayings about Politeness

Politeness pleases even a cat. ~ Czech Proverbs

If you have no money, be polite. ~ Danish Proverbs

Too much politeness conceals deceit. ~ Chinese Proverb

Politeness is what warmth is to wax. ~ German Proverbs

One can forgive a murder but not impoliteness. ~ Chinese Proverb

Polite words open iron gates. ~ Croatian Proverbs

When you are polite, the others think they are wearing flowers. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Learn politeness from the impolite. ~ Egyptian Proverbs

Nothing is more noble than politeness, and nothing more ridiculous than ceremony. ~ Traditional Proverb

To serve our elders is a duty, our equals it is polite, but serving the young is humiliating. ~ Serbian Proverbs

Politeness is the art of rendering to every one, without effort, that which is socially his due. ~ French Proverbs

A polite devil is more agreeable than a rude saint. ~ Lebanese Proverbs

Too much politeness is impertinent. ~ Japanese Proverb

Quotations about Politeness

When affection fell on its ass, politeness could step up. ~ Lorrie Moore

Politeness is better than logic. You can often persuade when you cannot convince. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

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

There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness, and none more profitable. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

Politeness is … forgetting ourselves in order to seek what may be agreeable to others. ~ Wellins Calcott

Politeness is the art of choosing among one’s real thoughts. ~ Abel Stevens

Politeness is the ideal union between the character of an individual and his external actions. ~ Richard J. Watts

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

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

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

Because politeness is part of the common behavioural heritage of humanity, it is culturally as diverse as the human race is. ~ Daniel Z. Kadar & Francesca Bargiela- Chiappini

The true effect of genuine politeness seems to be rather ease than pleasure. ~ Samuel Johnson

When one is polite in German, one lies. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Politeness is part of the social immune system, preventing hostility, calming inflammations and healing breaches. ~ Mitali Saran

True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated yourself. ~ Philip Dormer Stanhope

It is astounding what power being kind, mannered, polite and considerate has in transforming your life. ~ Bryant McGill

Being polite is not meant to be a graceful way of being dishonest. Politeness is a way in which we honor and respect others. ~ Mark Nichols

Politeness — The most acceptable hypocrisy. ~ Ambrose Bierce

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

True politeness is a virtue of the understanding and of the heart. John S.C. Abbott

Politeness is an inexpensive way of making friends. ~ William Feather

Politeness is natural good nature. ~ Eratosthenes

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

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

A man never loses anything by politeness. ~ Henry Venn

Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing. ~ Baltasar Gracian

Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind. ~ Julia Ward Howe

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

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

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

Politeness is the outward garment of goodwill. ~ Julius Charles Hare

Politeness is something you owe other people, because when you show a little courtesy, everything becomes easier and better. But first and foremost, it’s something you owe yourself. ~ Anne Holm

Politeness is practical Christianity. ~ Orville Dewey

Nobody loses anything by being polite, but there are a lot of people who are afraid to take the risk. ~ Evan Esar

Politeness is the flower of humanity. ~ Joseph Joubert

Avoid all haste; calmness is an essential ingredient of politeness. ~ Alphonse Karr

Of course, it is no easy matter to be polite; in so far, I mean, as it requires us to show great respect for everybody, whereas most people deserve none at all. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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

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

Treat everyone politely, even those rude to you; not because they are nice, but because you are. ~ Jean Cherni

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

Politeness only teaches us to save others from unnecessary pain…. You are not bound by politeness to tell any falsehoods. ~ Maria Edgeworth

Politeness smooths wrinkles. ~ Joseph Joubert

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

One of the greatest victories you can gain over any man is to beat him at politeness. ~ Josh Bilings

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

It is a part of good breeding that a man should be polite even to himself. ~ Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

Politeness is like an air cushion: there may be nothing in it, but it eases our jolts wonderfully. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

Politeness is the produce of nature’s soil; it was never taught, never acquired from instruction–we find it as often in the lowly cottage as in the most magnificent palace. ~ Joseph Bartlett

Either one learns politeness at home … or the world teaches it to you with a whip and you may get hurt in the process. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Politeness is … good nature regulated by good sense. ~ Sydney Smith

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

Politeness is one of those advantages which we never estimate rightly but by the inconvenience of its loss. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

Politeness is fictitious benevolence. Depend upon it, the want of it never fails to produce something disagreeable to one or other. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

The truest politeness comes of sincerity. ~ Samuel Smiles

Being polite is, by itself, not a form of hypocrisy. It is not an empty formalism unless you choose to make it so. ~ Andre Dekker

Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in small things. ~ Thomas B. Macaulay

As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men. ~ Sir Fulke Greville

Politeness is one half good nature and the other half good lying. ~Mary Wilson Little

Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power. ~ Louisa May Alcott

Politeness is lost by anger. ~ Al-BustiI

Politeness Proverbs

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