An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


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


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


The whole art of life is knowing the right time to say things.


Maeve Binchy


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


Henry Clay (1777-1852, American statesman, orator)


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


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


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


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


It is all right to say exactly what you think if you have learned to think exactly.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


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


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


All doors open to courtesy.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


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 (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Be considerate -- you may need help yourself some day.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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 (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Thoughtfulness for others, generosity, modesty and self-respect are the qualities which make a real gentleman or lady.


Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)


Politeness is the slow poison of collaboration.


Edwin H. Land (1909-1991, American scientist, founder of Polaroid Camera & Co.)


It takes no more time to be courteous than to be rude.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


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


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.


E. V. Lucas (1868-1938, British journalist, essayist)


Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us.


Alice Deur Miller


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


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


If everyone were allowed to take from the world all her heart desired, there would be nothing left for anyone else.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


He is the very pineapple of politeness!


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts.


Abel Stevens


Courtesy is contagious. Start an epidemic.


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


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


Author Unknown


To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.


Author Unknown


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


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


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 (1903-1966, British novelist)


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


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