Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.

Madame de Stael

Politeness is the poison of collaboration.

Edwin H. Land

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.

Josh Billings

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


Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.

Ambrose Bierce

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.

Oliver Goldsmith

After spending my first half day with them, I was impressed by their politeness and respect to superiors even in the detention center and their intelligence.

Dr. Melinda Bandalaria

The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.

Marguerite Gardiner

Politeness is one half good nature and the other half good lying.

Mary Wilson Little

This is a life-threatening situation. I don't worry about politeness in life-threatening situations.

Tonia Caselman

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.

Thomas Sowell

He met me with politeness and dignity, ... Turning to the officers at the table, he remarked: 'General Wallace, it is not necessary to introduce you to these gentlemen; you are acquainted with them all.'

Lew Wallace

There is a certain challenge to directing an older play. In the '50s, there was a politeness that doesn't exist anymore. For instance, the language is more polite than we would perhaps have today. The challenge is to bring out the emotional depth that exists under that surface.

Rick Snyder

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.

Mary Wilson Little

When suave politeness, tempering bigot zeal, corrected ''I believe'' to ''One does feel.''.

Ronald Knox

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

The only true source of politeness is consideration.

William Gilmore Simms

They have an emotional connection. It's not just out of curiosity or politeness. People feel passionate.

Peter Horton

I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

There's a sort of politeness and a little bit of a distance or reserve that's characteristic of a lot of people in the area that's oddly punctuated by these horrible, heinous crimes that you hear about more frequently than you think.

Ethan Coen

Politeness is the slow poison of collaboration.

Edwin H. Land