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Politeness is to goodness what words are to thought. It tells not only on the manners, but on the mind and the heart; it renders the feelings, the opinions, the words, moderate and gentle.

Politeness smoothes wrinkles.

Put it in practice, and all will be charmed with your manners.

Self-command is the main elegance.

The polite of every country seem to have but one character. A gentleman of Sweden differs but little, except in trifles, from one of any other country. It is among the vulgar we are to find those distinctions which characterize a people.

The spirit of politeness is a desire to bring about by our words and manners, that others may be pleased with us and with themselves.

The true effect of genuine politeness seems to be rather ease than pleasure.

There is no outward sign of politeness which has not a deep, moral reason. Behavior is a mirror in which every one shows his own image. There is a politeness of the heart akin to love, from which springs the easiest politeness of outward behavior.

There is no policy like politeness, since a good manner often succeeds where the best tongue has failed.

There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world either to get a good name, or to supply the want of it.

This is the one quality, over all others, necessary to make a gentleman.

To be over-polite is to be rude.

True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated yourself.

True politeness requires humility, good sense, and benevolence. To think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think, destroys its quickening principle.


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