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Polite Quotes

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When you have to kill a man,
it costs nothing to be polite.
- Winston Churchill

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An armed society is a polite society.
Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
- Robert A. Heinlein

And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition,
with the women to the left and the men to the right,
as it is on the stairs or the block in polite society.
- Henry Lawson

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical.
He pretends to be polite and then, eventually,
he becomes polite.
- Jean Kerr

 

Polite conversation is rarely either.
- Fran Lebowitz

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration
of war one observes the rules of politeness.
- Otto von Bismarck

People in France are very intrusive when they recognize you.
In New York, they are very polite, with quick words,
so it's great.
- Audrey Tautou

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The English are polite by telling lies.
The Americans are polite by telling the truth.
- Malcolm Bradbury

The concert is a polite form of self induced torture.
- Henry Miller

My mom always taught me to be sweet and polite and
cross my legs because it's what the guys like.
Actually, they like a raunchy girl once in a while.
- Tiffani Amber Thiessen

Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's
resemblance to ourselves.
- Ambrose Bierce

In polite society one laughs at all the jokes,
including the ones one has heard before.
- Frank Dane

Cost recovery is the polite way of saying,
make families pay to educate their children.
- Susan George

The numbers are a catalyst that can help turn raving
madmen into polite humans.
- Philip J. Davis

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

It is more comfortable for me, in the long run,
to be rude than polite.
- Wyndham Lewis

Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe,
polite, obedient, and sterile.
- Sinclair Lewis

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite,
remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to
press our doubts too far.
- George Santayana

No one who is at all acquainted with the Indian in
his home can deny that we are a polite people.
- Charles Eastman

Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killing yet.
- Thelma Ritter

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
- Thomas Jefferson

When a man is trying to sell you something,
don't imagine that he is polite all the time.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Texas, to be respected must be polite.
Santa Anna living, can be of incalculable benefit to Texas;
Santa Anna dead,
would just be another dead Mexican.
- Sam Houston

A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit,
as a rude friend is to protect.
- Bryant H. McGill

Men of polite learning and a liberal education.
- Matthew Henry

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat.
It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.
- Carl Sandburg

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.
- Ted Koppel

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.
- e. e. cummings

You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time,
it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.
- George McGovern

I don't write polite letters.
I don't like to plea-bargain.
I like to fight.
- Roy M. Cohn

I'm an underdog person, so I align myself with those
who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.
- Jessica Hagedorn

I am the common man.
I'm polite, I love my family and I play by the rules.
And sometimes I get pushed around.
That's my lifestyle, and that's what I try to bring to characters.
- Eugene Levy

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.
- Wynton Marsalis

Sometimes when you start losing detail,
whether it's in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite,
you start to lose substance.
- Benny Goodman

Balanced is probably what I am, although that's just
a polite way to say that you don't do anything very well.
- Steve Yzerman

A car to pick me up every day, a chair with my name on it,
everybody being very polite...
what can you do except sit back and watch it all,
try to take it all in?
- Charles Dance

Congress's definition of torture in those laws -
the infliction of severe mental or physical pain -
leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation.
- John Yoo

Sometimes if you have very confident people,
you have to tell them please, be polite,
there are other players are good enough as you and
you should never speak out of an orchestra.
- Kurt Masur

Polite strangers often tell soothing lies about our
physical appearance that prevent many of us from facing,
discussing and solving our real problems.
- Martha Beck

Tequila.
Straight.
There's a real polite drink.
You keep drinking until you finally take one more and it just won't go down.
Then you know you've reached your limit.
- Lee Marvin

You can't compare a Super Bowl crowd,
which tends to be more polite and a little more neutral to that.
The Super Bowl only has 7,000 to 8,000 fans for each team.
- Lamar Hunt

It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with
candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.
- Russell Lynes

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
- Aubrey Beardsley

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.
- Bill Murray

And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite.
What they want to say is that it's third world music.
Like they use to call us under developed countries,
now it has changed to developing countries,
it's much more polite.
- Miriam Makeba

It is something that most parents hope for in life:
That their children will be moderately successful,
polite, decent human beings.
Anything on top of that is something you have no right to hope for,
but we all do.
- Jerry Kramer

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.
- William Manchester

The English, the plain English, of the politest address
of a gentleman to a lady is,
I am now, dear Madam, your humble servant:
Pray be so good as to let me be your Lord and Master.
- Samuel Richardson

Always speak politely to an enraged Dragon.
- Steven Brust

We will hang you, never fear, Most politely,
most politely.
- William Gilbert

I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role
that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.
- Ben Stiller

My makeup wasn't smeared, I wasn't disheveled,
I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle,
so how could I be alcoholic?
- Betty Ford

Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone.
The English do, and it's been their only major business
advantage for the past two centuries.
- Doug Coupland

It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of
containing and restraining violence.
But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.
- Edward Bond

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally,
and politely, put parents in their place.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

I find it next to impossible to remain politely silent
when people prate to me about the glory of being given
another chance to live happily ever after!
- Mercedes McCambridge

I've learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between
the necessary and the unnecessary as far as my limited
outside time is concerned.
Saying "no" politely is a necessity if one wants to
lead any kind of stable life.
- Richard Chamberlain

When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated
under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better.
A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying,
as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere.
- Calvin Trillin

Politeness is organized indifference.
- Paul Valery

Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness;
nothing but faith,
faith and freedom.
- Gustave Flaubert

Ceremonies are different in every country,
but true politeness is everywhere the same.
- Oliver Goldsmith

The only true source of politeness is consideration.
- William Gilmore Simms

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters
within a reasonable time,
as it is in returning a bow, immediately.
- Philip Stanhope

Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy.
- Ambrose Bierce

In truth, politeness is artificial good humor,
it covers the natural want of it,
and ends by rendering habitual a substitute
nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
- Thomas Jefferson

For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
- Robert A. Heinlein

It is impossible to practice parliamentary politics without having patience,
decency, politeness and courtesy.
- Khaleda Zia

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
- Madame de Stael

Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
- Louis XVIII


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