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Courtesy is having respectful, polite behavior.



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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 Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

  • “Tact is the ability to make a person see lightning without letting him feel the bolt.”

    —Orlando A. Battista Chemist, Author

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

    —Henry Clay Politician, Orator

  • “I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

    —Etienne de Grellet Quaker Missionary

  • “We owe each other truth and courtesy - though truth is sometimes a real constraint and courtesy inconvenient.”

    —Max De Pree Author, Former Ceo Of Herman Miller, Inc.

Stories About Courtesy

Angels Among Us

Submitted by Anonymous

In 1992 in Alaska my husband and I struggled to attend school, pay bills, learn to live with limited physical movement, and...

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Young Examples

Submitted by Mathew Stucki

I had the privilege of witnessing an experience I will always remember. It occurred in the busy parking lot of a grocery...

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Want To Go Shopping...?

Submitted by Walt Timm

I don't mind going shopping; our kids are grown up and away from home, so usually it's just my wife and myself. I'll drop her...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Tammy Laplante

tammy laplante is my grandma. she is the most giving person i know. no matter what she will always go the extra mile to help...

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Chris F

Chris became quadriplegic (from shoulders down) in a boating accident about 10 years ago. He has recovered as fully as...

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I'm so glad a took a minute after viewing a commercial to look up this site. It is inspiring. I try to Pay it Forward and pass it on everyday.
Edie, New York

We helped a teacher
Iyauna &Tionna, Alto

i opened the door for someone yesterday
Chesnee, Rusk

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

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