Politeness Quotes

You say you are not striking at me when you complain of Van Doren. Well, why in hell shouldn’t you strike at me, if the spirit moves you? When I write about you as an author I put aside all friendship and try to consider you objectively. When, as an author, you discuss me as […]

On a cold winter’s day, a group of porcupines huddled together to stay warm and keep from freezing. But soon they felt one another’s quills and moved apart. When the need for warmth brought them closer together again, their quills again forced them apart. They were driven back and forth at the mercy of their […]

When the moment comes we’ll talk turkey, we’ll shoot words straight from the hip, we’ll play it as it lays. Yes, when death comes with its hood we won’t be polite.

Politeness is the art of choosing among one’s real thoughts.

Politeness is organized indifference.

An armed society is a polite society. (19th century)

ASAP = After Someone Asks Politely.

Politeness is the most acceptable hypocrisy.

Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.

A polite man is one who listens with interest to things he knows all about when they are told to him by a person who knows nothing about them.