Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
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.
Civilization...is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the thins of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, courtesy, delicate feeling. Where imponderables, are things of first importance, there is the height of civilization, and, if at the same time, the power of art exists unimpaired, human life has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon -- the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it.
My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.
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.
A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward.
Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out.
It will wear well and be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away. When I am gone, I hope it can be said of me that I plucked a thistle and planted a flower wherever I thought a flower would grow.
Each small act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of the good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it is passed, until simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.
The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.
When a language creates -- as it does -- a community within the present, it does so only by courtesy of a community between the present and the past.
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
Courtesy Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.
I place a high moral value on the way people behave.
I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word -- politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.
His courtesy was somewhat extravagant.
He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.