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Courtesy is compatible with bravery. 
Mexican proverb

Life is not so short but there is always time for courtesy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that asks a courtesy promises a kindness.
English proverb

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on
you, send him to the cemetery.
Malcolm X

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 Gracian

Excessive courtesy can harm no one.
Philippine proverb

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
Sir Francis Bacon

Be courteous to all, but intimate with a few. And let those few be well tried before you give
them your confidence.
George Washington

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

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

Even among intimate friends there should be courtesy.
Japanese proverb

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your
intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and
courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn
unpleasant things from his enemies; they are ready enough to tell them.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Courtesy on one side only never lasts for long.
American proverb

Whatever task you undertake, do it with all your heart and soul. Always be courteous, never
be discouraged. Beware of him who promises something for nothing. Do not blame anybody
for your mistakes and failures.
Bernard Mannes Baruch

Courtesy is the mark of a civilized person.
Chinese proverb

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and
that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.
Sir Francis Bacon

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

Lip courtesy avails much and costs little.
Spanish proverb

To be humble to superiors is duty; to equals courtesy; to inferiors nobleness.
Benjamin Franklin

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
English proverb

It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies
by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on
Arthur Schopenhauer

Common sense is no longer common. Neither is common knowledge or common courtesy.
Larry Winget

Discipline is that unique process of intelligent thought and activity that puts a lid on temper
and a faucet on courtesy... that develops positive action and controls negative thoughts...
that encourages success and refuses to accept failure... that promotes health and curbs
Jim Rohn

Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; often in a wooden house a golden room
we find.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

All doors open to courtesy.
Thomas Fuller

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
Jacques Maritain

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
Anne-Louise-Germaine de Stael

A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady
intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman's heart.
Shannon L. Alder

Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.
Jean Paul Richter

You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect.
Lawrence Goldstone

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

The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
Christian Nestell Bovee

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

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
Lana Turner

Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures costs nothing and
conveys much. It pleases him who gives and him who receives, and thus, like mercy, it is
twice blessed.
Erastus Wiman

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful
and appreciating heart.
Henry Clay