Polite Quotes

Polite Quotes by Theophilus London, Mark Steyn, Samuel Beckett, Daniel Sturridge, Sarah Shahi, Jim Thompson and many others.

When youre a new person and a new idea, you get invited to all these different things, and everybody wants a piece of you. And you want to be polite and say yes to everything, but it gets dangerous.
Theophilus London
But in reality the point of free speech is for the stuff that’s over the line, and strikingly unbalanced. If free speech is only for polite persons of mild temperament within government-policed parameters, it isn’t free at all. So screw that.
Mark Steyn
I tried to groan, Help! Help! But the tone that came out was that of polite conversation.
Samuel Beckett
It’s important to be courteous; it has to be. I was raised very well by my parents, so it’s about being polite and courteous.
Daniel Sturridge
I always had that adolescent notion that I had to get out of Texas. But I’m really glad I grew up there. It’s where I learned to look people in the eye, to be straightforward and polite.
Sarah Shahi
I ain’t saying you’re a liar, because that wouldn’t be polite. But I’ll tell you this, ma’am. If I loved liars, I’d hug you to death.
Jim Thompson
If you silence yourself, if you try to be good, if you try to be polite, or toe a party line, you end up paying for that in the long run. You pay for it… with your homeland, or with your soul, or with your artistic vision.
Diana Abu-Jaber
And I think because there is an essence of me that cares about other people and what other people think then that then makes me seem very sweet and polite.
Renee O’Connor
Chandresh relishes reactions. Genuine reactions, not mere polite applause. He often values the reactions over the show itself. A show without an audience is nothing, after all. In the response of the audience, that is where the power of performance lives.
Erin Morgenstern
The country has always been governed by a coalition but today it is governed by a so-called Grand Coalition which is a more polite word for all and sundry.
George Mikes
Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killing yet.
Thelma Ritter
If you see the kids now they have attitude and a strong character. They play one or two games and demand they are involved. I didn’t have that. I was too polite. It is not maybe always good to have fight, but gives a stamp – it shows directly that ‘I am here. I mean business.’
Ryan Babel
Acting on the theory that sometimes luck is better than work, I randomly called several people named Dattilo in Kentucky. All were unfailingly polite, and none knew anything about a major with their last name who died in World War II. I also discovered that more Dattilos lived in Kentucky than I would have imagined.
Mitchell Zuckoff
Not to perceive the little weaknesses and the idle but innocent affectations of the company may be allowable as a sort of polite duty. The company will be pleased with you if you do, and most probably will not be reformed by you if you do not.
Lord Chesterfield
The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.
Malcolm Bradbury
If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.
Stephen King
For some reason people are very polite to me, but some ask me for autographs and photos.
Hafthor Bjornsson
It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter–an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.
Arthur Schopenhauer
When five up express, as is polite, regret at laying a stymie, but rejoice in your heart.
Charles Walter Simpson
I can be very polite, and I think that people can confuse that for all sorts of things… But I’ll take that over people assuming that I’m smart just because I’m short and rude.
Amy Adams
Don’t be polite.
Bite in.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that may run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
You do not need a knife or fork or spoon.
For there is no core
or stem
or rind
or pit
or seed
or skin
to throw away.
Eve Merriam
I think if anything I am perhaps more inclined than most people are to be polite and considerate because I am aware that human relationships are innately fragile and kind of dangerous.
Alex Colville
The last thing I want to do is get togged up, go out and be polite.
Greg Wise
She is probably by this time as tired of me, as I am of her; but as she is too Polite and I am too civil to say so, our letters are still as frequent and affectionate as ever, and our Attachment as firm and sincere as when it first commenced.
Jane Austen
There is this immediate connection, this intimacy when you’re acting because there’s no room to be polite or shy. Also, as an actor I get to connect with women I’ve never met before.
Jessica Chastain
Yes, well, on stage I’m a different person, very aggressive, very tense. That’s not me because I’m humble and polite, unless someone is rude to me.
Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether it’s in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance.
Benny Goodman
I get into an awful lot of trouble for not being polite.
Sheila Hancock
When telemarketers call me now, I won’t get the blow-horn. I’m more polite than the average person.
Adam DeVine
The path of Martial Arts begins and ends with courtesy. So be genuinely polite on every occasion.
Mas Oyama
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
Jean Kerr
God,” I moaned. “Do they use that stuff as rocket fuel?” “No one made you keep drinking it.” “Hey, don’t get preachy. Besides, I had to be polite.” “Sure,” she said.
Richelle Mead
My mom is the No. 1 person who has taught me to be courteous towards women, to always be respectful and polite to them, and to always lead with your heart.
Zac Efron
There’s something very polite about the British accents. It’s sort of sanitizing.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
It’s a very relaxed approach at Sporting in terms of football. They pride themselves on bringing you up as a polite and respectful person. They would never get angry with you if you missed a pass but they would do if you were disrespectful to someone. There was no shouting.
Eric Dier
I come from people who have always been polite enough to feel that nothing has ever happened to them.
Patricia Hampl
I think we’ve been programmed from birth to be a certain way – to be demure, to be polite, and to be nice and to not be boastful or braggadocios in all of these things – and it leads to this kind of tragedy. Women spend so much time hating what they look like.
Lauren Ash
Tell me about yourself, Miss Russel.” I started to give him the obligatory response, first the demurral and then the reluctant flat autobiography, but some slight air of polite inattention in his manner stopped me. Instead, I found myself grinning at him. “Why don’t you tell me about myself, Mr. Holmes?
Laurie R. King
You lose nothing by being polite. The answer is ‘No’, but please say it politely and give the reasons. … Explain to me why ‘No’. Don’t change ‘No’ to ‘Yes’. Don’t be a fool. If there was a good reason why it is ‘No’, it must remain ‘No’, but the man must be told politely.
Mr. Lee
Unlike what you may be told in other sectors of life, when observing the universe, size does matter, which often leads to polite ‘telescope envy’ at gatherings of amateur astronomers.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
As a person, I’m polite – I want to please.
Karl Ove Knausgard
The English are busy folk; they have no time in which to be polite.
Baron de Montesquieu
Pritkin muttered something that sounded fairly vicious. “My clothes are warded! Even if I wished to accede to your demand, it would not work on them.” “Then strip.” “I beg your pardon?” He sounded almost polite suddenly, as if he believed he couldn’t possibly have heard right.
Karen Chance
I do not see why I should be polite to tyrants, who slobber of humanitarianism and think only of their own petty interests.
Paul Feyerabend
…Everyone had to eat, but eating people wasn’t polite.
Kim Harrison
I can’t remember how many times I advised students to stop writing the sunny hours and write from where it hurts: No one wants to read polite. It puts them to sleep.
Anne Bernays
To act in a way both sexist and racist, to maintain one’s class privilege, it is only necessary to act in the customary, ordinary, usual, even polite manner.
Joanna Russ
It’s crazy that, as women, we are taught to be cute and nice and polite when we should learn to be less nice sometimes.
Pom Klementieff
It is not enough to be wrong, one must also be polite.
Niels Bohr
In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit.
Oliver Goldsmith
I’m willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else’s living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another’s brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves.
John Updike
I tend to be the type who is overly polite and sort of ingratiating to other people.
Daniel Clowes
Throw a stick, and the servile dog wheezes and pants and shambles to bring it to you. Do the same before a cat, and he will eye you with coolly polite and somewhat bored amusement.
H. P. Lovecraft
We’re so concerned about being polite in society, and rightfully so, that it carries over onto a football team. But on a good football team, they are your friends, but first and foremost they have to be good teammates.
Scott Frost
Women are sort of like motorcycle gangs with me. They get really shy and polite. I don’t know why.
Jack Nicholson
One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what’s left when you’ve failed at everything else.
Diane Setterfield
My heroes in real life are definitely my mom for being true to herself, for having a foot in both worlds, for being so very polite – Canadian and also such a traditional Greek woman. I would sum it up this way: the life lesson she would say is be polite while you’re breaking the rules.
Nia Vardalos
Texas, to be respected must be polite. Santa Anna living, can be of incalculable benefit to Texas; Santa Anna dead, would just be another dead Mexican.
Sam Houston
Polite beggary is too common.
William Rounseville Alger
I’ll have pot in my home for guests – I’m polite! – but I don’t sit around and smoke by myself, ever. Not like I did when I was young.
John Waters
With a polite smile, I decided she was insane.
Ann Aguirre
The numbers are a catalyst that can help turn raving madmen into polite humans.
Philip J. Davis
You know, sometimes, when they say you’re ahead of your time, it’s just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.
George McGovern
I think the first prerequisite to civilization is an ability to make polite conversation.
W. H. Auden
Seattle is a liberal city, its politics not so much blue (in the American, not the British, sense) as deep ultramarine, and its manners are studiously polite.
Jonathan Raban
A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.
Bryant H. McGill
I was anathema in polite society after I made ‘Last House.’ People literally would grab their children and run from the room.
Wes Craven
No use to preach to the working-man courtesy & politeness when at the same time the working-man is not given working conditions under which he can stay polite and soft-mannered.
B. Traven
I’m more attracted to the bad guys. Why? Because in real life, I don’t know any good guys. I know okay guys. I know polite guys. I know people who can control themselves.
Vincent Cassel
I was suspended for two years and I got really fat. That was a polite way of putting it.
Frank Mir
When somebody meets me in the street, they say, ‘Hello, how you doing?’ And I say the same back. It’s just two minutes of your time and it’s alright. I don’t like people taking liberties when I’m with my family, but mostly people are really polite and that’s lovely.
Ray Winstone
I didn’t see deep emotion from my parents. It was all very polite and very surface. I never knew how anybody was feeling.
Ellen DeGeneres
I have seen people rude by being over-polite.
Michel de Montaigne
It was a nice experience to shoot on the streets of New York. Tourists are highly respected there and people are highly disciplined and polite.
A good apprentice cook must be as polite with the dishwasher as with the chef.
Fernand Point
The concert is a polite form of self induced torture.
Henry Miller
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
Winston Churchill
You need people in a society to have reached a certain standard of living before they can be polite. You learn how to respect others because you don’t have to fight as much, you have what you need.
Cristian Mungiu
Democracy isn’t solely about polite conversations in parliaments. It needs to be continually refreshed with raw passions, anger and ideals.
Geoff Mulgan
There’s no chivalry in culture any more. Sometimes you meet someone who everyone says is polite and you’re like, ‘Wow,’ but then it’s like, ‘Hang on, isn’t everyone supposed to be polite?’
D.C. fans, I think, are so good. They just come up to me, and they’re so nice and so polite and just, ‘Hey, I hope you have a great career,’ and ‘How are you doing, everything’s good?’ That’s pretty much where they leave it at.
Bryce Harper
I want my kids to be polite and respectful, stand on their own two feet.
Peter Jones
On its face, Donald Trump’s hateful musings about women and his boastful claims of sexual dominance should be reason alone to drive him from polite society and certainly to blockade him from the West Wing. Yet somehow, his misogyny has instead propelled his campaign to the brink of the Republican nomination.
Franklin Foer
All fame is is having people you don’t know coming up to you and saying, ‘Hello.’ I’m always polite and people are always nice, but it’s weird.
Karl Pilkington
The vocabulary of an omniscient man would embrace words and images excluded from polite conversation. What would be base, or even obscene, to the obscene, becomes illustrious, spoken in a new connexion of thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Being polite to a person is not a sign of respect for them. It is merely a sign of a good upbringing and a balanced nature.
Brandon Sanderson
When Gansey was polite, it made him powerful. When Adam was polite, he was giving power away.
Maggie Stiefvater
I’m polite.
Till Lindemann
So I was thinking I go to America. I think that would work, conquering America. Because they’re so upbeat and positive and polite.
Diane Morgan
An excuse is a polite rejection. Men are not afraid of ‘ruining the friendship.
Greg Behrendt
It’s a dirty little secret that most New Yorkers are pleasant, thoughtful, patient, and polite. The Chamber of Commerce must work overtime to maintain the surly, off-putting image that is widely believed to define the city. In truth, niceness is nearly epidemic in this town.
Judith Kelman
The common people say, that physicians are the class
of people who kill other men in the most polite and
courteous manner.
John of Salisbury
Having the urge to write a novel, especially if you’ve yet to be published, is like having a medical condition impossible to mention in polite company – it’s a relief simply to know there are fellow-sufferers out there.
Robert Harris
Everyone Is God speaking. Why not be polite and Listen to Him?
I think I’ve realized that business and being polite [don’t] match. You can be fair, but me being polite was not me being fair to myself.
Beyonce Knowles
The tea ceremony requires years of training and practice … yet the whole of this art, as to its detail, signifies no more than the making and serving of a cup of tea. The supremely important matter is that the act be performed in the most perfect, most polite, most graceful, most charming manner possible.
Lafcadio Hearn
When you’re an outsider, you don’t have loyalties to anyone, so you can be cruelly honest if need be. The more you get inside, the more you are involved in polite networks of professional coercion that make people less honest.
Molly Crabapple
Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.
John Adams
I really think the more talent people have, the more polite they are: Laurence Olivier and Alec Guinness always arrived on time and were impeccably behaved. It’s only the gutter snipes who leave their lipstick on the studio floor – and that’s just the men.
Antony Armstrong-Jones
The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.
Judith Martin
Even our early audiences were very polite. It felt like playing in our living room. I remember the audiences changing in front of me. I remember that distinctly. The way they wore their clothes became different. We got a lot of leather jackets with studs. People’s hair changed. The whole look was just a sublime move.
Bill Ward
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
Amy Vanderbilt
When I sit down to do an interview, I try to be polite and answer the questions that I’m asked.
Mike Portnoy
Glasgow is less polite than Edinburgh but that’s a good thing – they keep it very real.
Nik Kershaw
American readers are so polite; their reactions make it seem like I’ve received thousands of thank-you notes. It’s just lovely, and amazing the things people tell you that have touched them and related to their own lives.
Liane Moriarty
People pretend to be nice; people pretend to be smooth and polite and everything, but this is only an appearance because the way we’re built as human beings is only in paradox and contradictions.
Vincent Cassel
Things it is not polite to discuss at the dinner table: politics, religion, and the walking dead.
Mira Grant
There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.
Daniel Dennett
Scholarship is polite argument.
Philip Rieff
Matt’s brother and the blond cook spent a good portion of last season tangling the sheets. Historically, said cook tangled many other sheets with dexterity and aplomb.” “Aplomb” “It’s a polite way to say she banged often, well and without too much discrimination.” “That also sounded polite.” “I was raised well.
Nora Roberts
Men of polite learning and a liberal education.
Matthew Henry
Polite Conversation Why, everyone one as they like; as the good woman said when she kissed her cow.
Jonathan Swift
Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.
Adam McKay
Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
Thomas Jefferson
Those who have accomplished the greatest results are those…who never grow excited or lose self-control, but are always calm, self-possessed, patient and polite.
Booker T. Washington
My parents always taught me not to be a good tennis player or the best in what I’m doing, but to be polite.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
I can’t tell you. I would say that if I did, I would have to kill you, but that wouldn’t be polite.
Sanjaya Malakar
It’s nice to work with the same people. You don’t have to be polite. You know each other’s likes and dislikes, and you don’t have to micromanage and look at what they’re doing every moment.
Anna Boden
I was an overly young father, is the most polite way of putting it. I think I was rather immature and all I can say is that I think I’ve made a much better grandfather… I don’t think I was ready to be a father to be honest.
Michael Morpurgo
By going on the defensive. […] libertarians are, inadvertently, conceding that speech should be policed for propriety, and that those who violate standards set by the PC set are somehow defective on those grounds alone and deserve to be purged from “polite” company.
Ilana Mercer
In society, there is enormous pressure for us to try and look good, to be politically correct, to say the right things, to be polite and basically to sacrifice ourselves on the way.
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
James Mattis
Political correctness is what right-wing bigots call what everybody else calls being polite
Iain Banks
And the name of the one shall be Fearfulness. And the name of the other shall be Arrogance… Well, clearly you are not Fearfulness, so I suppose you must be Arrogance.’ This was not very polite.
Susanna Clarke
A lot of our lives are about being polite.
Rachelle Lefevre
It’s so funny because when you’re working with an acquaintance or someone else, you’re being more polite. I find that I’m a little bit more of a brat when I’m in the studio with my dad, so I feel bad.
Colbie Caillat
People were always saying to Margaret, ‘Well, Julia sings and Betsy writes. Now what is little Margaret going to do?’ Margaret would smile politely, for she was very polite, but privately she stormed to Betsy with flashing eyes, ‘I’m not going to do anything. I want to just live. Can’t people just live?
Maud Hart Lovelace
Telling a lie is called wrong. Telling the truth is called right. Except when telling the truth is called bad manners and telling a lie is called polite.
Judith Viorst
A nasty letter or a sarcastic one can make you righteously angry, but what can you do about a polite letter of rejection? Nothing, really, except cry.
E. L. Konigsburg
Being polite, being respectful, having manners, and being a socialite – they’re key life skills that people take for granted. Being able to communicate with all people on all levels is what’s got me so far.
Ant Middleton
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I noticed you right away.” She gave me an approving look. “I like quiet, polite men. And men who wear Hugo Boss. I was hoping you weren’t gay. Or that you were only half-gay. Like Paul.” “Uh…sorry,” I said. “It’s pretty much full-time now. The pay’s not great, but the perks…
Josh Lanyon
When a man is trying to sell you something, don’t imagine that he is polite all the time.
E. W. Howe
Poetry is an act of distillation. It takes contingency samples, is selective. It telescopes time. It focuses what most often floods past us in a polite blur.
Diane Ackerman
Even in half demon hunter clothes, Clary thought, he looked like the kind of boy who’d come over your house to pick you up for a date and be polite to your parents and nice to your pets. Jace on the other hand, looked like the kind of boy who’d come over your house and burn it down just for kicks.
Cassandra Clare
The only true source of politeness is consideration.
William Gilmore Simms
What are sisters for if not to point out the things the rest of the world is too polite to mention.
Claire Cook
I know, I say, after he says, This is hard, for the third time. This is what happens when you have a TRM, I tell him. You make a mess. It’s okay. You just have to try harder next time. I am trying hard, Dad says. I know. You get a sticker. Thank you. Okay. You get another sticker for being polite.
Kathryn Erskine
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.
Oliver Goldsmith
I grew up in an environment where being polite was taken as a weakness. So I just fought everybody.
Nipsey Hussle
When politeness is used to show up other people, it is reclassified as rudeness. Thus it is technically impossible to be too polite.
Judith Martin
Most of the guys I’ve come across in the UFC have always been really polite and are always friendly with each other. We all understand how hard it was to get where we’re at and how hard it is to stay there, so it’s a mutual respect for each other.
T.J. Dillashaw
The reaction I got from SГґnia [Braga] in less than 48 hours after I sent her the script [Aquarius] was so genuine that it left me stunned. Often when you show people scripts, you get polite, absent-minded reactions, as well as exclamations of “What the f – k is this?”.
Sonia Braga
I enjoyed my upbringing, my siblings did, we’re polite, we’re respectful, but at the end of the day we’re young, we like to have fun. But now, more so than ever, the youth has been vilified to the point where it feels like you can’t enjoy being young any more, you just have to sit it out and wait until you get old.
Tinie Tempah
Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people’s bad manners.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
.., by universal custom, your enemy is never more polite than when he is planning or has planned your destruction.
James Clavell
The most clever and polite are content with only seeming attentive while we perceive in their mind and eyes that at the very time they are wandering from what is said and desire to return to what they want to say.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
It’s hard to think of them polite flows when Stephano Polato suits are your night clothes, and Jordan sweat suits are your flight clothes, and you still make it even when they say your flight closed.
Because Cards’ fans are the most knowledgeable and loyal in all of baseball, they booed almost reluctantly, polite as booing goes, what would have passes as a standing ovation in Philly.
Buzz Bissinger
How foolish to think that one can ever slam the door in the face of age. Much wiser to be polite and gracious and ask him to lunch in advance.
Noel Coward
I’m the weirdo that tells – asks – the Uber driver to please turn the radio down. I’m so polite about it, though.
Pete Holmes
Being a nice person is about courtesy: you’re friendly, polite, agreeable, and accommodating. When people believe they have to be nice in order to give, they fail to set boundaries, rarely say no, and become pushovers, letting others walk all over them.
Adam Grant
When asked her view of cosmetic surgery, Carmen Dell’Orefice replies, ‘”That’s a very polite way of asking me, I’m sure, ‘Have you had a facelift?’ Well, if you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have a repair?
Carmen Dell’Orefice
Even if you can’t afford to travel the world, you can take your children to the museum, zoo or local park. And don’t be afraid to take them to grown-up spots. Eating out in a restaurant teaches children how to be quiet and polite and gives them the pleasure of knowing you trust them to behave.
Kimora Lee Simmons
When you sit face to face with someone who is pleasant, respectful, and polite, you have hard time reminding yourself that nothing he says is true/sincere.
Milan Kundera
We cannot become starched Christians, too polite, who speak of theology calmly over tea. We have to become courageous Christians and seek out those (who need help most).
Pope Francis
People in Chicago are so cool! They are different; they’re friendly and just genuinely happy. Everyone’s so polite and sweet. They even look cool.
Inbar Lavi
Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It’s about reclaiming the power of ‘We the People’ to come together, debate the common good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences.
Parker Palmer
If a Democrat took Republicans on rudely, they wouldn’t be elevated in the Democratic Party. There’s a different standard. We’re supposed to be polite to people.
Dannel Malloy
I do have traditional values: I believe in being a good person and being polite.
FKA twigs
The public discourse online is not done through the polite language of debate.
I was stark raving mad, and my family was too polite to mention it. That’s what living with the Yamanis does to people. They get so well-mannered they won’t mention you’re crazy.
Tamora Pierce
How’s it going down there?” “It’s weird. They’re too polite, they talk funny, and stuff has too much shine on it. But the coffee’s worse than Central’s, so that’s something.
Nora Roberts
Why haven’t you asked me how I do my tricks?” Celia asks, once they have reached the point where she is certain he is not simply being polite about the matter. “Because I do not wish to know,” he says. “I prefer to remain unenlightened, to better remain in the dark.
Erin Morgenstern
It is harder to lie in an interview. A good interview – and it can be polite – is not a one way street like a candidate controlled ad. An interview is not programmed by the candidate and so the candidate can’t be exactly sure what will be asked.
Greta Van Susteren
People are always surprised when they meet me. I was in Nigeria and I went to one of the radio stations and they were like, ‘Aww you look cute!’ They were expecting me to look more rough, and I was like: ‘Yeah, I’m polite!’
J Hus
My ego every day is more and more polite. I tame it.
Alejandro Jodorowsky
I think the sort of person you want at a party is someone who is self-aware, polite and has a basic knowledge of table manners. And that goes for both men and women.
Derek Blasberg
You have to hold your audience in writing to the very end-much more than in talking, when people have to be polite and listen to you.
Brenda Ueland
Being polite is not only the right way to respond to people but also the easiest. Life is so filled with unavoidable conflict that I see no reason to promote more confrontations.
Dean Koontz
Smoking is very bad for you and should only be done because it looks so good. People who don’t smoke have a terrible time finding something polite to do with their lips.
P. J. O’Rourke
If you go out on a date, for the first date, a guy should pay, a guy should be respectful and, you know, I’m not saying roll out a red carpet, but, like, open the door and just be polite and just have common courtesy. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Carly Aquilino
I learned my values. It’s better to be poor than to be beholden. Wealth is not the object of life. You should be polite as long as possible, and when you can’t be polite anymore, don’t run.
Daniel Woodrell
The White Palace was pretty impressive. Very impressive, in fact. The day to day running of the set was everybody showed up for work. They are seasoned filmmakers over there. They have an infrastructure for filmmaking, which is very healthy. It’s small, but they were tenacious, polite, timely.
Pierce Brosnan
Spin’ is a polite word for deception. Spinners mislead by means that range from subtle omissions to outright lies. Spin paints a false picture of reality by bending facts, mischaracterizing the words of others, ignoring or denying crucial evidence, or just ‘spinning a yarn’ – by making things up.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
I took classes taught by an elderly woman who wrote children’s stories. She was polite about the science fiction and fantasy that I kept handing in, but she finally asked in exasperation, ‘Can’t you write anything normal?’
Octavia E. Butler
I’m very Asian, and also my mom raised me to be polite and to eat whatever is put in front of me. I actually enjoy snails a lot. And I’ve eaten sea urchin and that shebang.
Mirai Nagasu
I seem to have very polite fans, not fanatical ones.
Natalie Imbruglia
I always say that you can be polite and nice and still know what you want and still can see your path.
Grace VanderWaal
Be aware of who in your life is actually interested in hearing you discuss your writing, and who’s just asking to be polite. Listening to writers talk about their work is often excruciatingly dull.
Hanya Yanagihara
Southerners pride themselves on being polite. This is why we always use euphemisms to express ourselves.
Tinsley Mortimer
So I had a choice between going to a jail or going to a bughouse like a nice young middle-class student. So I chose to go to a very polite mental hospital. When I left eight months later, they said, ‘You were never psychotic. You were just an average neurotic.’
Allen Ginsberg
In all great epochs of history, the existence of standards – that is, the conscious adoption of type-forms – has been the criterion of a polite, well-ordered society; for it is a commonplace that repetition of the same things for the same purpose exercises a settling and civilizing influence on men’s minds.
Walter Gropius
Normally when people say they haven’t decided, they’re being polite but they’re definitely not voting for you. I think it’s different this time. People are thinking hard about the issues.
David Cameron
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
Josh Billings
I’m not interested in being polite. It’s false.
Libba Bray
As youngsters, my mother taught her children that while we might not be the smartest people around, we could be courteous, polite and considerate of others.
Zig Ziglar
In Sweden everybody has this perfect surface. Everyones very polite and controls their feelings.
Noomi Rapace
I’m English and I’m used to coming from a world of period dramas, where there’s a very polite restraint to everything. Everybody’s sort of sitting in drawing rooms.
Clive Owen
We must recall the most important of humanity guidelines: Be polite. Being polite is possibly the greatest daily contribution everyone can make to life on Earth.
Caitlin Moran
There’s this whole feeling that women should be small and quiet and polite, and I don’t think that’s really gotten us anywhere.
Elisabeth Moss
Authentic happiness is always independent of external conditions. Vigilantly practice polite indifference to that which we can’t control. Your happiness can only be found within.
Self-improvement books, friends, and polite strangers often tell soothing lies about our physical appearance that prevent many of us from facing, discussing, and solving our real problems.
Martha Beck
Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The pursuit of truth is just a polite name for the intellectual’s favorite pastime of substituting simple and therefore false abstractions for the living complexities of reality.
Aldous Huxley
Being polite and grateful will make people more inclined to help you. And if people are willing to help you, you may accidentally get something you want.
Jason Sudeikis
Evangelicals have, for decades, believed that the country was more conservative than not, more Christian than not. The bipartisanship on religious liberty and the civic faith of the country was conducive to that. Now they’ve woken up to a reality in the Obama years that this was a polite fiction.
Ben Domenech
A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
Oliver Goldsmith
Sometimes people think I’m sort of a Machiavelli who is thinking, ‘How can I disarm people? I know: I’ll create a persona; I’ll get some spectacles, and when I meet you, I’ll say, ‘How are you doing?’ And I will be very unassuming and polite and never get angry.’
Louis Theroux
We’re in a chronic debt-deflation. There’s no way we can recover unless you write down the debts. And that’s what the IMF basically is implying (and it was explicit regarding Greece), but its not spelling it out, because that’s not what can be said in polite company.
Michael Hudson
In real life, I’m polite and nice all the time. It’s fun to play people who aren’t. It’s escapism.
Rachel Weisz
The only jobs kids have are to do well in school, to be charming and polite, and be thankful. That’s it. I’ll house you, protect you, I’ll even give my life for you, and in return, you will behave.
Gene Simmons
Our secret desire as women is to have a guy who falls madly in love with us even though we’re incredibly opinionated or we’re not the sort of normal, polite, poised woman.
Jennifer Coolidge
It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.
Wyndham Lewis
Your ally today could be your adversary tomorrow and your ally the next day. Work hard, be polite, be respectful, and don’t take it personally.
Joe Kennedy III
There are two sides to me. One is the writer. That’s a savage person who looks at everything as a story and, you know, wants to use real life in his books. The other part is the Midwesterner, who, you know, wants to say nice things about people and be polite.
Walter Kirn
The three C’s of leadership are Consideration,Caring,and Courtesy.Be polite to everyone.
Brian Tracy
This nice and subtle happiness of reading, this joy not chilled by age, this polite and unpunished vice, this selfish, serene life-long intoxication.
Logan Pearsall Smith
It was always so hot, and everyone was so polite, and everything was all surface but underneath it was like a bomb waiting to go off. I always felt that way about the South, that beneath the smiles and southern hospitality and politeness were a lot of guns and liquor and secrets.
James McBride
Suicide is a whispered word, inappropriate for polite company. Family and friends often pretend they do not hear the word’s dread sound even when it is uttered. For suicide is a taboo subject that stigmatizes not only the victim but the survivors as well.
Earl A Grollman
Obviously I’m going to be polite, so nobody has anything to fear from me.
Judith Martin
I hope somewhere along the way, I’ve inspired someone to do something. … And I hope they say that I was nice and polite.
Daria Werbowy
My fans are pretty normal, they are always really nice and polite, and they don’t interrupt my meals.
Drew Carey
A question is a polite way of demanding something.
Edward de Bono
Argument should be polite as well as logical.
Alphonse de Lamartine
No language is rude that can boast polite writers.
Aubrey Beardsley
The practice of all ages and all countries (whether Christian or heathen, polite or barbarous) hath been … to do honour to those who are invested with public authority.
Francis Atterbury
Yanking his inner manwhore back to the land of polite conversating, he forced his hands to stop
J.R. Ward
When I left art school and went in search of work, visiting publishers and showing them my drawings and illustrations, I was met with a polite and sometimes enthusiastic response but no commissions.
Chris Riddell
I always find that I’m less sarcastic in France and maybe I’m a bit more shy and a bit more reserved, even more polite. My voice tends to go up quite a lot. I’d love to speak more languages just to discover who I become in a different language.
Freya Mavor
I’m so British and polite that creating a scene or being confrontational is so not my vibe.
Joe Lycett
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. – Second Amendment to the Constitution An armed society is a polite society.
Robert A. Heinlein
As a black woman in the industry, you really do have to hold your head higher, stick your chest out, be kind and polite and generous even when you don’t want to be sometimes. I learned that and, also, just to never take no for an answer.
Lena Waithe
The help (in Japan) is very polite. They bow so much, you don’t know which end to talk to.
Bob Hope
The character I’ve created, Christine, is mainly the first attempt for me to escape all the secret injunctions we have as girls all the time. Like, be pretty but be polite. Don’t take too much space. All those things that didn’t mean anything to me. I just decided to turn them around with my character.
Christine and the Queens
The Germans and Austrians are very polite, the Swiss are very reserved and the Spanish usually kiss me. The Brits write me letters.
Donna Leon
Baltimore is warm but pleasant… I belong here, where everything is civilized and gay and rotted and polite.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
‘Curvy’ is just a polite way of saying ‘fat.’
Hannah Simone
The whole of Cornwall has become antiseptic. When I was growing up in St. Austell, the county was wonderfully rough and workish. These days it is polite and Disney-fied.
John Nettles
In later life, we don’t easily talk of fears, but instead we discuss our ‘concerns.’ Fear seems too primal and hysterical, but concern is polite and intellectual and nicely under control.
Michael Leunig
A man must have very eminent qualities to hold his own without being polite.
Jean de la Bruyere
It’s weird, but I’m so empathetic; when I see people dying on hot sauce, I do feel for them. And I’m a Midwestern guy, so I think I’m just naturally nice and polite.
Sean Evans
She wants to be polite and not hurt your feelings, so she’s not going to laugh right now. But inside, inside she’s laughing.
Derek Landy
I’m an underdog person, so I align myself with those who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.
Jessica Hagedorn
When one is polite in German, one lies.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A yawn may not be polite, but at least it is an honest opinion.
I am trying to call attention to the elephant in the room that everybody is too polite – or too devout – to notice: religion, and specifically the devaluing effect that religion has on human life.
Richard Dawkins
Tequila. Straight. There’s a real polite drink. You keep drinking until you finally take one more and it just won’t go down. Then you know you’ve reached your limit.
Lee Marvin
I wish my nose was smaller and that I was a little taller. I also had this perennial pimple problem, so I felt people were just being polite when they said I was beautiful.
Madhuri Dixit
It annoys me how pretty my voice is…that sounds incredibly immodest, but it annoys me how polite it can sound when perhaps what I’m singing is deeply acidic.
Thom Yorke
‘Almost’ can be a polite way of saying something definitely. It withholds the obvious and dangles it just long enough.
Andre Aciman
In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can’t help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They’re very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you’re there.
Bill Murray
It’s a great group of people here at Texas A&M, and everybody you run into is incredibly polite.
Johnny Manziel
Presumably a movement is more polite than a revolution, and a lot slower.
Linda Ellerbee
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Polite and velvety leaders, who take care to avoid bruising others, are generally not as effective at forcing change.
Walter Isaacson
Russia, at the start of the 21st century, at least in its larger cities, very much resembled the United States of the early 1990s: being gay was no longer criminal or shameful, but it was still not a topic for polite conversation or public discussion.
Masha Gessen
It confirms my idea that you also need more liberal gun laws. Guns lead to a polite society, as we like to say in the United States. And I think that all of western Canada would agree with me.
Ann Coulter
I’ve never been afraid to make a polite ask to someone.
Gerald Chertavian
There was a nice dilemma. How does one interject into a polite conversation, “By the way, in case you’re ever interested, I do have a penise.”?
Brent Weeks
Los Angeles made me less interested in making my images move. Everything is evolving and regressing. It can be hard to pinpoint which changes are linked to place. I believe California has made me more polite. I get a little surprised when I rediscover how direct and rude Norwegians can be.
TorbjГёrn RГёdland
You think a student leaves each week because they are out of the academy. This is just a cover up to hide serious injury that has occured! Malachi has only one ear and is now wearing one of those joke rubber ones – it’s very noticeable but people are too polite to say!
David Sneddon
Who is the brave man–he who feels no fear? If so, then bravery is but a polite term for a mind devoid of rationality and imagination.
Geraldine Brooks
Politics is the polite way of telling somone else they’re stupid.
Burnie Burns
A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.
I’m always polite in auditions, but I wasn’t like, ‘Oh, please give me the job,’ for ‘Robin Hood’ because I didn’t think I’d get it. I got told about the audition just a few days before I went to India to film something else. I must have been a bit cocky with it.
Jonas Armstrong
Have we failed to slow global warming pollution in part because climate and environmental activists have been too polite and well behaved?
Jeff Goodell
I don’t want to be polite. I don’t think campaigning is polite. That’s a disingenuous effort.
Carl Paladino
I’ve never had a meth habit, I don’t walk around naked, and unless I’m actively provoked, I’m generally polite and well-spoken.
Jim Goad
When we talk to somebody and we want to be nice or polite or show our more beautiful side, we try to use the best words that we know. This is what poets are doing. They are cleaning the words, they are inventing the sentiments, they are giving us a way to communicate.
Roberto Benigni
Once I became a photographer, it stopped me being scared or intimidated by gangs of young men of whatever stripe. Initially, I could hide behind my camera but eventually I came to realize that if I was polite and friendly to them, then they probably would be to me too – a good life lesson.
Derek Ridgers
With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it’s more a polite suggestion.
David Benioff
I’ll always remember Vinod Khanna as a thorough gentleman, cultured, polite, who knew how to conduct himself with the ladies.
Zeenat Aman
The nerves are a problem on trumpet, because when you mess up everyone can hear it. Just remember most people are too polite to say anything about it. That should calm your nerves.
Wynton Marsalis
I’ve had fans come and knock on my door. I’m usually polite, but I’m usually very direct and say, ‘It’s not cool that you come here uninvited.
Gary Allan
I would hope I was raised polite and charming.
Douglas Booth
I didn’t know what to expect of real America. What shocked me was the diversity of it and how different every city is. But also just how polite and usually good-willed and optimistic most Americans are.
Farewell,” they cried, “Wherever you fare till your eyries receive you at the journey’s end!” That is the polite thing to say among eagles. “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks,” answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.
J. R. R. Tolkien
I think photographers are too polite. There is not enough anger in photography; it’s pretty much trivialized.
Duane Michals
When your family is twice as weird as normal, you have to be twice as polite to authority, because authority hates weird.
Rosemary Clement-Moore
The whole country wants civility. Why don’t we have it? It doesn’t cost anything. No federal funding, no legislation is involved. One answer is the unwillingness to restrain oneself. Everybody wants other people to be polite to them, but they want the freedom of not having to be polite to others.
Judith Martin
As long as those adjectives used to describe me – charming, affable, punctual – don’t mean that I’m dull, then that’s fine. And I am polite – I was brought up to be that way.
Phillip Schofield
Humility in this business [acting] isn’t just a matter of being polite, it’s kind of a matter of survival. You can’t ever afford to think that you’re the bee’s knees, because you could always afford to be better. You have to always be searching for something better.
Michael Shannon
Canadians are more polite when they are being rude than Americans are when they are being friendly.
Edgar Friedenberg
Women are taught that if you want to be a lady, keep your opinions to yourself and be polite.
Judy Gold
The fans in the United States, they are, well, more polite. The fans in Argentina can get, well, crazy.
Manu Ginobili
It doesn’t matter how much polite self-deprecating fluff you have on the outside if you don’t have a steely something in the middle that says, ‘You know what, I’m actually really, really good at this, and this is what I can do, and I’m going to do it.’
Rebecca Hall
He was so excessively polite that Wallendar suspected he had endured many humiliations in his life.
Henning Mankell
I believe you should always be polite when you ask a question. I totally believe that.
Kaitlan Collins
murder is not polite.
Mignon G. Eberhart
I’d love to meet Julian [Assange], and time permitting, and his will permitting, I’m sure it will happen at some point. Even though he’s been very critical of the film [The Fifth Estate], he’s been very polite about me and my work, and I feel the same way about him.
Benedict Cumberbatch
Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
Otto von Bismarck
I’ve been brought up to be polite and I’m not very confrontational, but even I have walked away from situations and thought, ‘If only I’d said or done that.’ Well Mr Hyde says and does that.
Tom Bateman
I stepped forward. Call me old-fashioned, but I wanted to keep his focus on me and not Annabeth. I think it’s polite for a guy to protect his girlfriend from instant incineration.
Rick Riordan
But are they all horrid, are you sure they are all horrid? [Referring to Gothic novels, fashionable in England at the beginning of the 19th century, but frowned upon in polite society.]
Jane Austen
Agreeable people are warm and friendly. They’re nice; they’re polite. You find a lot of them in Canada.
Adam Grant
I get very annoyed when people think I’m nice or diffident or a polite English gentleman. I’m a nasty piece of work, and people should know that.
Hugh Grant
I was a very polite schoolgirl who did her work very well and hid under tables. I’d hate to think I haven’t changed at all.
Joan Juliet Buck
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.
Jim Mattis
Nobody thanks a witty man for politeness when he puts himself on a par with a society in which it would not be polite to show one’s wit.
Friedrich Nietzsche
You don’t feel honest on a date, I guess. You don’t really get to learn about anyone. You’re kind of being polite and you can ask the questions, it’s just not a great time for me.
Vince Vaughn
I had a holiday job in a kitchen, but I think we’ll draw a polite veil over that. There was nothing joyous or creative about it. And none of this helped my studies.
Fergus Henderson
People pretend to be nice, people pretend to be smooth, and polite and everything, but this is only an appearance, because the way we’re built as human beings is only in paradox and contradictions.
Vincent Cassel
The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.
Samuel L. Jackson
I am the common man. I’m polite, I love my family and I play by the rules. And sometimes I get pushed around. That’s my lifestyle, and that’s what I try to bring to characters.
Eugene Levy
Elegance is like manners. You can’t be polite only on Wednesday or Thursday. If you are elegant, you should be every day of the week. If you are not, then it’s another matter.
Aldo Gucci
And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition, with the women to the left and the men to the right, as it is on the stairs or the block in polite society.
Henry Lawson
The secret of a happy marriage is simple: Just keep on being as polite to one another as you are to your friends.
Robert Quillen
Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Pushing the boundaries of polite society does not just fall under the purview of crime fiction authors.
Karin Slaughter
I still like to see that a man opens the door. I like those touches of chivalry that are fast disappearing. If I sound old-fashioned, it’s because I’m as old as I am! But it’s just polite.
Betty White
Whatever the skill of any country may be in the sciences, it is from its excellence in polite learning alone that it must expect a character from posterity.
Oliver Goldsmith
Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith weren’t polite. They were against the grain. And that’s what we want our music to be: rude, aggressive… like real life.
Jeff Hanneman
It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.
Russell Lynes
Killing people was far easier than making polite chitchat.
Jennifer Estep
Most magicians consider the palm an easy move to make. They are inclined to believe that they are ‘getting away with it,’ when they are in fact fortunate enough to have a polite audience.
Dai Vernon
A man needs to be polite, not just to me but to everyone. I watch that. How does he treat the waiter? How does he treat the coat-check girl? How does he treat the driver?
Adriana Lima
Polite conservationists leave no mark save the scars upon the Earth that could have been prevented had they stood their ground.
David R. Brower
I feel very uncomfortable when I eat in restaurants. I’m obnoxiously polite with the waiters: ‘I just want a tuna sandwich. I’ll go get it. You sit here – I’ll get it, I’ll make it.
Dana Gould
It’s one of these things that I’ve been struck by for so long about America. You know, this amazing politeness of American life that’s not at all class specific. It’s not like people get more polite as ascend the hierarchy of society. Just incredible good manners. It’s always been something that I’ve noticed.
Geoff Dyer
My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous.
Paul McCartney
Shane settled his flamethrower more comfortably on his shoulders. “Ladies? After you.” “Rude,” Claire said. “I was being polite!” “Not when you have a flamethrower.
Rachel Caine
My immune system has always been overly welcoming of germs. It’s far too polite, the biological equivalent of a southern hostess inviting y’all nice microbes to stay awhile and have some artichoke dip.
A. J. Jacobs
To work with someone you love is something special, an incredible experience. But it could be a negative. You have to make a strong commitment to be honest; you’re not just being polite, like strangers on an airplane; you’re working.
Diane Ladd
It’s one of the advantages of being a woman. I get to do all sorts of unfair things, and you have to accept them because you’re too polite not to. –Polgara
David Eddings
The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.
Carl Sandburg
I grew up being taught, ‘Do unto others as they would do unto you.’ I would get scolded for not being polite.
Joel Edgerton
It is something that most parents hope for in life: That their children will be moderately successful, polite, decent human beings. Anything on top of that is something you have no right to hope for, but we all do.
Jerry Kramer
Me and polite have never been on close terms.
Jim Butcher
What I see as specially English is the charm – everyone is so polite. Being restrained is part of the charm. And I love the sense of humour – it takes me back to Australia. The English are great at making fun of themselves. They’re so self-effacing.
Danielle de Niese
I’ve had my successes and failures. I know many academics in my field loathe me. I’ve come to loathe them back, as it seems only polite to do so. But at heart it’s absurd; we should band together against the big common enemies.
Alain de Botton
I couldn’t take that whole retail thing of being polite to people that are not being polite to you, and showing respect to people when they’ve got no respect for you. Retail in general is something I just can’t do, unless it’s my own shop.
Ashley Walters
In the tropics the white feels weakened, or downright weak, whence comes the heightened tendency to outbursts of aggression. People who are polite, modest or even humble in Europe fall easily into a rage here, get into fights, destroy other people. . .
Ryszard Kapuscinski
My fragile connection with the world of polite society has, without a doubt, been severed.
John McAfee
I’m not disrespectful, I try to be polite.
Ronnie Radke
Jekyll is quite me: young man; polite. But being able to play Hyde was quite fun, to create a character that’s nothing like me. I quite enjoyed creating a new character like that: he had a different voice; physicality; mannerisms. Everything had to be thought about. It was a real challenge.
Tom Bateman
Pantheism is only a polite form of atheism.
Arthur Schopenhauer
I love polite people, late September, weeping mortar, and my fantastic fands (fans/friends)
Matthew Gray Gubler
I do get stopped in the street, and people are always, without exception, really polite. I think it’s because they think I can send them to prison.
Robert Rinder
Politics’ the polite word for antediluvian prejudices, the rags put on by enmity and tribal resentment.
Joseph O’Connor
I only asked my friends to be friendly and polite, I found them indifferent and censorious; The one I left to silence, the other to reproach: God send me over all such friends victorious.
Stevie Smith
Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.
Friedrich Nietzsche
A community where everyone is a ruthless murderer, with handy access to death-dealing devices, is a very polite community.
Robert A. Heinlein
No one who is at all acquainted with the Indian in his home can deny that we are a polite people.
Charles Alexander Eastman
Chi-Os were ideal partners for all occasions. They were discrete, desirable, tactful, polite, and fun… Every mom dreamed of her son coming home with a Chi Omega, a woman’s woman.
David Letterman
Seattle is a liberal city, its politics not so much blue in the American, not the British, sense as deep ultramarine, and its manners are studiously polite.
Jonathan Raban
Liz cleared her throat. “Isn’t there a more polite term we’re supposed to use nowadays? Like….little person, or vertically challenged,or-” “I’m not going to call myself the god of vertically challenged people,” Bes grumbled. “I’m a dwarf!
Rick Riordan
Alas! it is true: “Be polite to bores and so shall you have bores always round about you.”
Emily Post
Cost recovery is the polite way of saying, make families pay to educate their children.
Susan George
I don’t write polite letters. I don’t like to plea-bargain. I like to fight.
Roy Cohn
The old adage that polite conversation should not include talk of politics or religion is understandable because both subjects are so heavily laden with emotion that discussion can quickly turn to shouting. Blood is shed over politics, religion and the two in combination.
John C. Danforth
…but all day long I would be training myself to think, to understand, to criticize, to know myself; I was seeking for the absolute truth: this preoccupation did not exactly encourage polite conversation.
Simone de Beauvoir
I’m big on my kids being conventionally polite, and it works really well for them.
Mayim Bialik
If the notion on this is we’re going to elect somebody to the United States Senate so they can be the 100th least senior person in there and be polite, and somewhere in their fourth or fifth year do some bipartisan bill that nobody cares about, don’t vote for me.
Elizabeth Warren
He endeared himself to me forever the first night we met, when I was getting frustrated with my inability to find the words I wanted in Italian, and he put his hand on my arm and said, “Liz, you must be very polite with yourself when you are learning something new.
Elizabeth Gilbert
Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.
Sinclair Lewis
Please be polite. Nothing in life should erode the habit of saying thank you to people or praising them.
Richard Branson
Only a person with convictions has a genuine possibility to be tolerant. He who accepts no absolute values but clings to polite doubt cannot be tolerant but merely indifferent. He is morally defenseless in the face of evil.
Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
Liz, you must be very polite with yourself when you are learning something new.
Elizabeth Gilbert
The toughest thing about being a celebrity, I suppose, is being polite when I don’t want to be.
Eric Clapton
I get recognized in the street really frequently, which is really shocking. I’m excruciatingly wary of any female under the age of 19. Even when some of them come up to me, they’re usually very cordial, nice and polite.
Ian Harding
Citizens everywhere, and especially soldiers, should remember that entrenched bureaucracy, whatever the level, can be overcome. You’ve got to stick to it, be polite but firm, and just not take no for an answer.
William G. Bainbridge
I had a holiday job in a kitchen, but I think well draw a polite veil over that. There was nothing joyous or creative about it. And none of this helped my studies.
Fergus Henderson
I was going to be in an acting school in London, and then I promptly got thrown out of an acting school in London. Well, it wasn’t that I got thrown out as much as I was not invited back, which is the same thing, just more polite.
Chris Eigeman
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.
Ted Koppel
The Irish are hearty, the Scotch plausible, the French polite, the Germans good-natured, the Italians courtly, the Spaniards reserved and decorous – the English alone seem to exist in taking and giving offense.
William Hazlitt
I can be very polite, but I’ve found that doesn’t always get a result. You have got to bang and thump tables.
Joy Baluch
I am a very frank person and that’s how I hope to remain. I don’t like to pretend to be polite. What you see is what you get.
Fan Bingbing
In the first place you can be so absolutely honest and so absolutely wrong at the same time that I think it is better to be a combination of cautious and polite
Flannery O’Connor
I had long ago learned that when you are the giant, alien visitor to a remote and foreign culture it is sort of your job to become an object of ridicule. It’s the least you can do, really, as a polite guest.
Elizabeth Gilbert
The uber polite people who are the neighbors to our north and how we can be so different and yet so the same because Canadians are supremely polite. They’re kind and they’re just so welcoming to a bunch of American and British artists here filming their show.
Tamlyn Tomita
Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.
Terry Goodkind
I am definitely not as polite as Beatrice, I have to say. I tell it as it is. I am shyer at first.
Princess Eugenie of York
Girls are small and polite and smiley. They wear dresses and their hair is long and it’s pulled into shapes behind their heads or on either side.
Patrick Ness
I wasn’t entirely sure, but a polite John Pritkin might be a sign of the apocalypse.
Karen Chance