is acting with elegance in one’s behavior, manner or action.

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013); Former president of South Africa

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”


“To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility -- these are marks of maturity and graciousness.”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994); author, educator, motivational speaker

“You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”

Wayne Gretzky (born 1961); retired professional ice hockey player

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.”

Babe Ruth (1895-1948); Baseball player

“In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. ”

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826); 3rd U.S. President

“Example has more followers than reason.”

Christian Nestell Bovee author, lawyer

“Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.”

Anthony J. D'Angelo Founder of The Collegiate EmPowerment Company

“Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.”

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930); novelist, literary critic

“Learn to limit yourself; to content yourself with some definite work; dare to be what you are and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not; and to believe in your own individuality.”

Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881); philosopher, poet, critic

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”

Ralph Nichols Author

“To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility -- these are marks of maturity and graciousness.”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994); author, educator, motivational speaker

“Contrary to the cliché, genuinely nice guys most often finish first or very near it. ”

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990); publisher

“True eloquence consists of saying all that is needed and only what is needed.”

François Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680); writer, moralist

“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.”

Samuel Ullman (1840-1924); poet

“Passively listening to gossip or negative talk is implied agreement.”

Scott Hardy (born 1959); Cowner, sales manager, and coach

“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.”

James Allen (1864-1912); writer

“Life is mostly froth and bubble; Two things stand like stone: Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in our own.”

Adam Lindsay [Lionel Gordon] Gordon (1833-1870); poet

“I will offer a choice, not an echo.”

Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998); Former US Senator of Arizona, presidential candidate, 1964

“Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil. ”

Franklin P. Jones (1908-1980); reporter

“For happiness is anyone and anything at all that's loved by you.”

Charlie Brown Character in comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

“It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.”

Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997); marine biologist, diver, explorer

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Erika 9 months ago from Newport, RI

É muito bom resolver as coisas com classe, educação e tratar bem as pessoas. It's great to work things out with class, education and treat people well.
Anderson about 1 year ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

Grace allows us to do with Class what we otherwise would not be able to do at all...
Adolph DuBose over 3 years ago from Cambridge

"Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul” William Hazlitt
Tiffany over 3 years ago from Portland, Michigan

Graciousness: When you treat some one else with dignity and respect, you bring that quality back unto yourself. The same is true for selfishness and tactlessness. Yes, acting like a lady will help you be treated like a lady. Deciding that you are worth more, and have certain expectations. Men, treating your lady with dignity and respect shows others that you value her and that you yourself have value.
Gideon Hodge over 3 years ago from New Orleans

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