For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
Politeness wins the confidence of princes
Politeness is the most acceptable hypocrisy
If you have no money, be polite.
Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts.
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can
So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof
Politeness is organized indifference
Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.
Politeness is the poison of collaboration
Politeness is one of those advantages which we never estimate rightly but by the inconvenience of its loss
Politeness is benevolence in small things.
Politeness is what warmth is to wax
As the head of an expedition, you can't pussyfoot around being polite to everyone. You have to show your teeth once in a while; a little growling goes a long way.
Sick cultures show a complex of symptoms such as you have named...but a dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.
Always be nice to people to their face. Then when they turn around, berate the back of their head.
As I am sure you know, when people say 'It's my pleasure,' they usually mean something along the lines of, 'There's nothing on Earth I would rather do less.' [...]
Can he love her? Can the soul really be satisfied with such polite affections? To love is to burn - to be on fire, like Juliet or Guinevere or Eloise...
The boldness of his mind was sheathed in a scabbard of politeness.
Reading at meals is considered rude in polite society, but if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects.
In England I am always madam; I arrived too late to ever be a miss. In New York I have only been madamed once, by the doorman at the Carlyle Hotel.