Politeness wins the confidence of princes.
If you bow at all, bow low.
If you have no money, be polite.
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. What Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai were not suggestions but ten commandments.
Politeness is what warmth is to wax.
Politeness is the poison of collaboration.
Politeness is not always a sign of wisdom, but the want of it always leaves room for the suspicion of folly.
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.