Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is no outward sign of true courtesy that does not rest on a deep moral foundation.
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.
Michel De Montaigne
Courtesy is a science of the highest importance. It is... opening a door that we may derive instruction from the example of others, and at the same time enabling us to benefit them by our example, if there be anything in our character worthy of imitation.
Christian Nestell Bovee
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
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.
Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels; you must have some of your own.
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
Francis Bacon, Sr.
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.
All doors open to courtesy.
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