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

It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying
what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.
Oscar Wilde

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.
Sir Isaac Newton

Courtesy is compatible with bravery.
Mexican proverb

Manners are the happy way of doing things.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A kind word never broke anyone's mouth.
Irish proverb

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they
were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact,
all the care and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of
any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Og Mandino

The basis of good manners is self-reliance.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese proverb

I detest bad manners. If people are polite, I am. They shouldn't try to get away with not
being polite to me.
Frank Sinatra

Stupidity closes the doors of kindness.
Mexican proverb

Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through
cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet
corn and flowers, through sports, music and books, raising kids - all the places where the
gravy soaks in and grace shines through.
Garrison Keillor

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
Horace Mann

Outwardly, you must seem to respect the niceties, but inwardly, unless you are a fool, you
learn quickly to be prudent, and to do as Napoleon advised: Place your hand inside a velvet
golve.
Robert Greene

You know what charm is: A way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear
question.
Albert Camus

Politeness , n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.
Ambrose Bierce

Treat every person as the most important person on earth. To them, they are the most
important person. That's the way we ought to treat each other.
Earl Nightingale

A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything,
gilds a "No," sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
Baltasar Gracian

I have a respect for manners as such; they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree
with or like.
Margaret Mead

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
fire.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.
Buddha

A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything,
gilds a "No," sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
Baltasar Gracian

Never yawn in front of a lady.
Frank Sinatra

Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.
Socrates

I've learned... that being kind is more important than being right.
Andy Rooney

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in
giving creates love.
Lao Tzu

Good laws often proceed from bad manners.
English proverb

Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil.
Franklin P. Jones

Let it not be thought that the age of chivalry belongs to the past.
Sir Winston Churchill

Give a civil answer to a civil question.
American proverb

Just because excellent manners are not so common doesn't mean that excellent manners are
not incredibly important.
Robin Sharma

Where money and publicity meet, there's always excitement, but good behaviour is rarely a
part of the mix. Manners are the operating rules of more stable systems.
John McEnroe

Manners: Good manners - know your place. Bad manners - meddle.
Marlene Dietrich

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