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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.
Sir Frances Bacon
We owe each other truth and courtesy - though truth is sometimes a real constraint and courtesy inconvenient.
Max De Pree
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. ‘Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night’s lodging. ‘Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. 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
Edward V. Lucas
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Orlando A. Battista
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.
Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man's cruelty and baseness.
Bryant H. McGill
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
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Personal Stories About ‘Courtesy’
Compassion That Leads To SolaceSubmitted by Paul Higgins
5 years ago, as my wife lay dying in her bed from cancer, we made the hard choice of allowing hospice to inject her with the final dose of morphine that would leave her unconscious until she passed. Knowing that she had no control over her ability to be a mother to her only son, she fought diligently to stay...
UnderstandingSubmitted by Anonymous
I figured I would share a little story with you about something that happened to me when I was the ripe old age of four (yes, four). I remember it so clearly should be indicative of the impact it had on me at that time. Our loving family dog was nearing the end of his life and was in obvious distress. My father,...
Sharing ForwardSubmitted by Herb Hedeen
At the grocery checkout all my items had been registered. This 78 year old absent-minded professor didn't have enough to pay the $60 I had racked up. The man behind me told the store manager to put in on his bill. He disappeared so quickly as I stood there in awe that I didn't even have a chance to thank him.
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Iyauna &Tionna, Alto
i opened the door for someone yesterday
Courtesy is meaningless if you let others mistreat you. Other values must take precedence in such case. This is not to say that you should stop being courteous.
Anon Imus, Los Angeles
De tudo o que recebemos, com certeza a cortesia deve ser passada adiante, porque todos precisa de todos, até quem nos odeia.
From everything we receive, surely the courtesy should be passed on, because everyone needs everyone, even those who dislike us.
Anderson, Colatina - ES, Brasil
You will know when one gives value to others when there is respect and courtesy. Ponder on this: "treat others how you want them to treat you"
Courtesy is respect for other peoples feelings in everyday situations that get us all tense. Take a step back and realize that whatever the problem is, rudeness will not help solve it.
All great values begin with respect and courtesy. Common courtesy seems to be the forgotten art in today's rush to the front of the line.
Love the whole concept of this site and its will.
Susan Morrin, Toledo Ohio