72 Quotes About Politeness

There are few things more important than picking up on manners in others. Whether it's how someone smiles, cleans their plate after a meal, or behaves around the elderly, people are always watching to see if you’ve got what it takes to be polite. A little kindness goes a long way. So here are some of the best quotes about politeness so you can learn how to be polite with your friends and family members.

Can he love her? Can the soul really be satisfied...
Can he love her? Can the soul really be satisfied with such polite affections? To love is to burn - to be on fire, like Juliet or Guinevere or Eloise... Emma Thompson
Politeness is okay, but it gets old and boring. You want to attack life with a passion, not a politeness, you want people to think about you and remember you and say "she is so passionate" you don't want people to think about you and remember you and say "she is so polite, " because, who cares about polite? C. Joybell C.
But Johannes had said, "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. You are David. Anne Holm
Ignorance has one virtue: persistence. It will insist through dogged persistence on leading others to follow its vision no matter how misguided. Ignorance will drive the world to the brink of failure and catastrophe and beyond into the abyss with arrogance and anger because wisdom is often too polite to fight. Wisdom doesn’t like to impose its will, but that is all ignorance understands–force over free will and choice. Sooner or later the world comes to its senses, but oh the damage that has been done. Unknown
Manners and politeness will never become old-fashioned.
Manners and politeness will never become old-fashioned. Auliq Ice
Politeness is the first thing people lose once they get...
Politeness is the first thing people lose once they get the power. Amit Kalantri
In general, poor is polite and rich is rude.
In general, poor is polite and rich is rude. Amit Kalantri
Principles in a poor is admirable as politeness in a...
Principles in a poor is admirable as politeness in a prince. Amit Kalantri
Reading at meals is considered rude in polite society, but if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. Stephen King
The crime rates would go right down, I think, if Americans stopped saying: 'Have a nice day, ' to one another. At least it would stop me from contemplating violence; when people in shops & so on order me to have a nice day in this authoritarian way, I want to kill, kill, kill. When I mutter 'sod off' under my breath, they think it is a Russian Orthodox benediction. Susannah Clapp
Preserve me from such cordiality! It is like handling briar-roses and may-blossoms - bright enough to the eye, and outwardly soft to the touch, but you know there are thorns beneath, and every now and then you feel them too; and perhaps resent the injury by crushing them in till you have destroyed their power, though somewhat to the detriment of your own fingers. Unknown
Oppressors specialise in rasing wolves from amonst the sheep then...
Oppressors specialise in rasing wolves from amonst the sheep then together with the wolves devour the sheep Rassool Jibraeel Snyman
Lively, intelligent, and quite immature, [Emily] usually burst out with exactly the comment that summed up the situation beautifully and therefore could never in politeness be said. Clare B. Dunkle
We live in a society where mutual respect and appreciation should be considered one of the pillars of modern life. Auliq Ice
The boldness of his mind was sheathed in a scabbard of politeness. Dumas Malone
It is astounding what power being kind, mannered, polite and considerate has in transforming your life. Bryant McGill
A moment of truth is very powerful. Instead of smiling to be polite, just frown. Instead of laughing when you are nervous or uncomfortable, just speak your truth. Instead of acting like everything is all right, proclaim it isn't alright, and talk about your feelings! Honor your truth. Honor yourself. Be real. Bryant McGill
My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Keep an eye on your responses. Strong responses are about you more than them. Auliq Ice
Killing a cruelty is not a cruelty. Amit Kalantri
Display politeness and frankness always both in action and conversation. Don’t keep engaging in useless arguments. It scares your dreams away. Talk sensibly. Israelmore Ayivor
As a Texan, I say ma'm and sir to my age contemporaries and open doors for anyone that I can. This goes for men, too, though it is appreciated when they beat me to it and disappointing when they don't. Tiffany Madison
Gentleman: An imaginary creature found in Jane Austen novels. Natalya Vorobyova
I suggest he starts introducing himself as "Lessman"; he is classless, tactless, and mannerless. Natalya Vorobyova
Spark the dreams you have with integrity and honesty. It’s gonna catch up with excellence if you make it revive in truthfulness in the midst of this world of falsehood! Israelmore Ayivor
Never wear pride as the jersey of your dreams. You will miss the goal and lose your dreams if you put on pride! Israelmore Ayivor
Never start a sentence with the words 'No offense. Gretchen Rubin
Politeness. Being nice is what's left when you've failed at everything else. Diane Setterfield
As the head of an expedition, you can't pussyfoot around being polite to everyone. You have to show your teeth once in a while; a little growling goes a long way. Tahir Shah
Infants never learn to soothe themselves to sleep. They learn, abandoned in seclusion, that no matter the volume of their despondence, no matter the force of their tears, when they are alone and frightened, no-one will ever come to their rescue. Infants do not soothe themselves. They merely surrender. And it is caged in their cribs where the infants learn, in the face of their demons, to remain silent and submitting. C. Sean McGee
Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named...but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot. Robert A. Heinlein
Have you shat, my child, I said gently. Samuel Beckett
Even a wolf knows how to be polite when animalistic humans have no clue about politeness Munia Khan
Adversity sure does gives you trouble, but it keeps you humble. Amit Kalantri
You need not to love everyone, but you need to be polite with everyone, people will appreciate your politeness more than your love, because politeness is sweeter than love. Amit Kalantri
Often people that tell others they are "extremely polite" when the situation calls for tact and bluntness are not actually polite people. Instead, they hide behind the word “polite” because they have low self esteem or hidden agendas. Sadly, they impolitely confuse the hell out of everyone, send mixed signals, which then makes people question their sanity and motives. Shannon L. Alder
THE MYTH OF THE GOOD OL BOY AND THE NICE GAL The good of boy myth and the nice gal are a kind of social conformity myth. They create a real paradox when put together with the "rugged individual" part of the Success Myth. How can I be a rugged individual, be my own man and conform at the same time? Conforming means "Don't make a wave", "Don't rock the boat". Be a nice gal or a good ol' boy. This means that we have to pretend a lot. "We are taught to be nice and polite. We are taught that these behaviors (most often lies) are better than telling the truth. Our churches, schools, and politics are rampant with teaching dishonesty (saying things we don't mean and pretending to feel ways we don't feel). We smile when we feel sad; laugh nervously when dealing with grief; laugh at jokes we don't think are funny; tell people things to be polite that we surely don't mean." - Bradshaw On: The Family . John Bradshaw
Rudeness, abruptness, gory tales of blood and thunder, and coarse language usually show up the greenhorn or counterfeit, and certainly the ill-bred. "The bravest are the tenderest; the gentlest are the daring. Kenneth W. Estes
Sometimes you must agree with someones opinion for the sake of being polite and modest, but within you, you know that you are not foolish and crazy. Michael Bassey Johnson
Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience. Theodore Roosevelt
PLEASE and THANK YOU...two polite phrases which are slowly disappearing from our vocabulary. Anthony T. Hincks
We are enjoined whenever we behold the gifts of God in others so to reverence and respect the gifts as also to honor those in whom they reside. John Calvin
He knew very well that the great majority of human conversation is meaningless. A man can get through most of his days on stock answers to stock questions, he thought. Once he catches onto the game, he can manage with an assortment of grunts. This would not be so if people listened to each other, but they don't. They know that no one is going to say anything moving and important to them at that very moment. Anything important will be announced in the newspapers and reprinted for those who missed it. No one really wants to know how his neighbor is feeling, but he asks him anyway, because it is polite, and because he knows that his neighbor certainly will not tell him how he feels. What this woman and I say to each other is not important. It is the simple making of sounds that pleases us. Peter S. Beagle
He accomplished wonders of diplomacy on the principle, never give way, and never give offense. Barbara W. Tuchman
I am going to the USA to catch sight of a wild porcupine and to give some lectures. Sigmund Freud
E-mail has some magical ability to turn off the politeness gene in a human being. Jeff Bezos
When I act tough they listen politely till the spasm passes. They know. Frank McCourt
The author relates George Bernard Shaw's sentiments that polite conversation excludes the only two subjects that matter, religion and politics. Lyle Wesley Dorsett
Ability does catches my attention, but its a politeness in the person that I remember. Amit Kalantri
Deep in my heart politeness impresses me more than competence. Amit Kalantri
Politeness. Now there's a poor man's virtue if ever there was one. What's so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, it's easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what's left when you've failed at everything else. People with ambition don't give a damn what other people think about them. Diane Setterfield
Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles 'pon it instead, " I said solemnly, "and frosting of white. Jim Butcher
Ironic. I'm here because of my inherent dangerousness, but it's my inherent politeness that makes me put up with this. With him. Sophie Jordan
Acceptable hypocrisy is often called politeness. Shannon L. Alder
If the secret core of potlatch is the reciprocity of exchange, why is this reciprocity not asserted directly, why does it assume the “mystified” form of two consecutive acts each of which is staged as a free voluntary display of generosity? Here we encounter the paradoxes of forced choice, of freedom to do what is necessary, at its most elementary: I have to do freely what I am expected to do. (If, upon receiving a gift, I immediately return it to the giver, this direct circulation would amount to an extremely aggressive gesture of humiliation, it would signal that I refused the other’s gifts – recall those embarrassing moments when elderly people forget and give us last year’s present once again … ) …the reciprocity of exchange is in itself thoroughly ambiguous; at its most fundamental, it is destructive of the social bond, it is the logic of revenge, tit for tat. To cover this aspect of exchange, to make it benevolent and pacific, one has to pretend that each person’s gift is free and stands on its own. This brings us to potlatch as the “pre-economy of the economy, ” its zero-level, that is, exchange as the reciprocal relation of two non-productive expenditures. If the gift belongs to Master and exchange to the Servant, potlatch is the paradoxical exchange between Masters. Potlach is simultaneously the zero-level of civility, the paradoxical point at which restrained civility and obscene consumption overlap, the point at which it is polite to behave impolitely. Unknown
In nothing do we fail more, as a Mission, than in lack of tact and politeness. James Hudson Taylor
This was our last night. We only had one curtain call, Bree. And I thought they were going to give us a standing ovation, but no-o-o-. Do you know why half the audience stood up?"" To get a head start on the traffic, " Bree said." To get a head start on the traffic, " Antonia agreed in indignation. "I mean, here we are, dancing and singing our little guts out, and all those folks want to do is get to bed early. I ask you, whatever happened to common courtesy? Whatever happened to decent manners? Doesn't anyone care about craft anymore? And on top of that, it's not even nice. Mary Stanton
Woah, ' I said, blocking the doorway. 'You can't come in here. This is the girls' r Adam Rex
When the Starbursts cost a cent apiece, the average number of candies per customer was 3.5, but when the price went down to zero, the average went down to 1.1 per customer. The students limited themselves to a large degree when the candy was free. In fact, almost all the students applied a very simple social-norm rule in this situation–they politely took one and only one Starburst.. What these results mean is that when price is not a part of the exchange, we become less selfish maximizers and start caring more about the welfare of others. We saw this demonstrated by the fact that when the price decreased to zero, customers restrained themselves and took far fewer units. Dan Ariely
The veneer of civilization is exceedingly thin Karin Tansek
If ever you get invited into someone's home, ' my father said (as he had been invited five or six times that morning), 'you go into the sitting-room and you say, “Oh, what an attractive room! " even if you think it's hideous. Dick Francis
Be not intimidated...nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice. John Adams
All my life I have placed great store in civility and good manners, practices I find scarce among the often hard-edged, badly socialized scientists with whom I associate. Tone of voice means a great deal to me in the course of debate. I despise the arrogance and doting self-regard so frequently found among the very bright. Edward O. Wilson
The natural flow of discourse must be calm and serene; if wit, whim, fun and fire are present, they will not fail to flash brightly along its surface; but they can never constitute the main body of the stream itself. Arthur Martine
Piety is a discipline of the will through respect. It admits the right to exist of things larger than the ego, of things different from the ego. Richard M. Weaver
In England I am always madam; I arrived too late to ever be a miss. In New York I have only been madamed once, by the doorman at the Carlyle Hotel. Anna Quindlen
When your family is twice as weird as normal, you have to be twice as polite to authority, because authority hates weird. Rosemary ClementMoore
A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect. Bryant McGill
Be polite write diplomatically even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness. Otto Von Bismarck
In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people. J. Paul Getty
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette