It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Sensual Incivility quotations

Incivility is not a Vice of the Soul, but the effect of several Vices;

of Vanity, Ignorance of Duty, Laziness, Stupidity, Distraction, Contempt of others, and Jealousy.

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.

Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility. I do not like to be unkind.

Incivility is the extreme of pride; it is built on the contempt of mankind.

Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?

Scurrility has no object in view but incivility;

if it is uttered from feelings of petulance, it is mere abuse; if it is spoken in a joking manner, it may be considered raillery.

Good rule to follow: never reward someone's incivility by giving them the headline they seek.

Suicides pay the world a bad compliment.

Indeed, it may so happen that the world has been beforehand with them in incivility. Granted. Even then the retaliation is at their own expense.

While I deplored and denounced the incivilities of Quakerism in my day (such as the going naked in public by some at sundry times), my position regarding their religious views was, "They will answer to God, at their own peril, in the great day approaching [that is, the day of divine judgment]."

Wisdom and virtue are by no means sufficient, without the supplemental laws of good-breeding, to secure freedom from degenerating into rudeness, or self esteem from swelling into insolence. A thousand incivilities may be committed, and a thousand offices neglected. without any remorse of conscience, or reproach from reason.

Only once in my life was I on the edge of incivility.

Is not general incivility the very essence of love?

It's the rising tide of enmity in the country, Donald Trump attacking judges, Donald Trump attacking John McCain, Senator [Richard] Blumenthal, the town halls, the riots in Berkeley. You have got the incivility on the floor of the United States Senate. You have got just a rising tide, every single story.

Im accustomed to Internet forums where rudeness and incivility are the rule, where too many people seem to take pride in their insults.