Our society finds truth too strong a medicine to digest undiluted.
In its purest form, truth is not a polite tap on the shoulder. It is a howling reproach.
I don't write polite letters. I don't like to plea-bargain. I like to fight.
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
Don't find an excuse to be rude just because somebody is rude to you.
A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.
Cost recovery is the polite way of saying, make families pay to educate their children.
We can each immediately liberate ourselves as victims in the world, through solidifying an intent to act; intent to forgive; intent to love; intent to be caring, polite and empathetic.
Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They're underused.
There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
In polite society one laughs at all the jokes, including the ones one has heard before.
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical.
He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
Being polite is so rare these days, thats its often confused with flirting.
The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the knee plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent?
No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.
Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.
I can be very polite, but I've found that doesn't always get a result.
You have got to bang and thump tables.
It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.
So I had a choice between going to a jail or going to a bughouse like a nice young middle-class student. So I chose to go to a very polite mental hospital. When I left eight months later, they said, 'You were never psychotic. You were just an average neurotic'.
Manners is he key thing. Say, for instance, when you are growing up, you are walking down the street, you've got to tell everybody "Good morning everybody"! You can't pass one person.
It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.
The lack of opportunity is ever the excuse of a weak, vacillating mind.
Opportunities! Every life is full of them. Every newspaper article is an opportunity. Every client is an opportunity. Every sermon is an opportunity. Every business transaction is an opportunity -- an opportunity to be polite -- an opportunity to be manly -- an opportunity to be honest -- an opportunity to make friends.
Then I though of reading -- the nice and subtle happiness of reading .
.. this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication.
A few nice words can help a person a lot more than you think.
The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius, but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen's opinions in art and science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved.
Once we have resolved only to see those who will treat us morally and virtuously, reasonably and truthfully, without treating conventions, vanities and ceremonials as anything other than props of polite society, we will have to live more or less on our own.
I think taste is a social concept and not an artistic one.
I'm willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else's living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another's brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves.
Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, ut because you are.
Polite and velvety leaders, who take care to avoid bruising others, are generally not as effective at forcing change.
I'm okay. Nobody's bothering me. Everyone's very kind, and very polite. I don't feel like my whole life changed.
Especially these days where everything is so polite and so proper, I think that rites of passage are good.
There is this immediate connection, this intimacy when you're acting because there's no room to be polite or shy. Also, as an actor I get to connect with women I've never met before.
The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.
Swedes are such a civilised, perfect society - at least on the surface.
There's a great safety net, a huge middle class, free education, free health care. People are very polite, they wait their turn. They're not too loud, they're not too quiet, but sometimes it's a little too perfect.
Polite conversation is rarely either.
Japanese naval officers in dress whites are frequent guests at Pearl Harbor's officers' mess and are very polite. They always were. Except, of course, for that little interval there between 1941 and 1945.
The concert is a polite form of self induced torture.
The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.
People in France are very intrusive when they recognize you.
In New York, they are very polite, with quick words, so it's great.
In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either.
Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there.