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Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
Orlando A. Battista
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
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
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
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
A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Saint Basil the Great
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Personal Stories About ‘Courtesy’
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 off close to the door and then find a place to park...usually in a good place, where I can gather up carts left in the lot to take with me to the store.
Ed And Alzheimer'sSubmitted by Carolyn Erickson
Last week I was sitting in the lobby of a medical building when I heard an elderly woman talking on the phone about her husband. His name was Ed and he dropped her off for her doctors appointment, and was going to park the car and wait for her. She was so upset because he never came back to get her and she...
SurprisedSubmitted by Jutta
I was in my early twenties; a young mother riding the bus with my daughter in her stroller in my native Germany. On the bus I noticed a young man a bit younger than me dressed in a military looking style black jacket. He seemed very tense, and out of the corner of my eye I could see that he looked over to me and...
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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