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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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Faith In Fellow Men

Submitted by Anonymous

Last week I was doing my grocery shopping at a local store. I was in a hurry because I had to get to work. I had purchased a...

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Sharing Forward

Submitted 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...

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Everyday Hero Stories

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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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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Edie, New York

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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

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"
Mhir, Philippines

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.
Donna, FL

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.
Scott, Dallas

Love the whole concept of this site and its will.
Susan Morrin, Toledo Ohio