Civil confusions often spring from trifles but decide great issues.
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
The good missionary, disgusted with this idle tale, said, “What I delivered to you were sacred truths; but what you tell me is mere fable, fiction, and falsehood.” The Indian, offended, replied, “My brother, it seems your friends have not done you justice in your education; they have not well instructed you in the rules […]
Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.
A civil guest will no more talk all, than eat all the feast.
He was so generally civil, that nobody thanked him for it.
Civil society depends on people agreeing to two things: Don’t deliberately give offense to others, and don’t be too easily offended. Too few people are giving any thought to either.
Civility costs nothing and buys everything.
That character in conversation which commonly passes for agreeable is made up of civility and falsehood.
Government laws are needed to give us civil rights, and God is needed to make us civil.