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The Best Quotes About Courtesy

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A list of the best courtesy quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous courtesy quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic courtesy quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational courtesy quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about courtesy?" and "What are inspirational courtesy quotes?"

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    To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.

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    Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Courtesy should be a continuous action, not something to be turned on and off like a faucet.

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    All doors open to courtesy.

    Thomas Fuller
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    True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.

    Alexander Pope
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    Courtesy costs nothing but buys everything

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    To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

    Voltaire
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    Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage

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    His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.

    Evelyn Waugh
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    If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

    Francis Bacon
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    The measure of a truly great man is the courtesy with which he treats lesser men.

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    It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.

    Colette
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    The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.

    Christian Nevell Bovee
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    I was raised to treat the janitor with the same respect as the CEO

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    Courtesy Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Courteous men learn courtesy from the discourteous

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    We must be as 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
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    Courtesy is a lady's armour

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    Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous -- not just to some people in some circumstances -- but to everyone all the time.

    Thomas J. Watson
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    Courtesy is simply doing unto others what you would like them to do unto you

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    It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.

    Baltasar Gracián y Morales
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    Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.

    Jean Paul