Outstanding Short Courtesy Quotes & Sayings to be a Better Human

Find here the best quotes to let the world know you with your deed, These Quotes will Inspire and change your way of thinking and play crucial role in changing your life

  • Courtesy is contagious. Let us spread it. – LaNina King
  • The grace of God is courtesy. – Hilaire Belloc
  • There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy. – E. V. Lucas
  • Courteous people learn courtesy from the discourteous – Laura Fitzgerald
  • Lack of courtesy is an extreme form of disrespect – Khaleel Datay
  • Love may fail, but courtesy will prevail. – Kurt Vonnegut
  • Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness. – Honore De Balzac
  • I know no religion that destroys courtesy, civility, and kindness. – William Penn
  •  I would not have had that happen to you. Discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me. – Thomas Harris 
  • To be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness. – Benjamin Franklin
  • The courtesy which most becomes a victor was denied to Germany for a long time. – Gustav Stresemann
  • Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy. – George Herbert
  • No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy. – Bryant H. McGill
  • Though I be but the prince of Wales, yet I am king of courtesy – William Shakespeare
  • Love your neighbor, even the ones who do not show you the same courtesy. You can’t expect to receive love if you’re selective and not really willing to give it. What you put into the world, you will indeed get back, even if it’s not from the person you’re expecting it to be. – Alexandra Elle
  • What to one person is common courtesy is to another tender words of life – and by the same token, what one person intends to show as great affection may be to his beloved an irrelevant show of frivolousness compared to the kindness of simply doing the laundry sometimes. – Anna Broadway
  • I’m overcome by the inexplicable desire to speak to you with common courtesy. – Anthony Marra
  • Apparently, sir you Chinese are far ahead of us in every respect, except that you don’t have entrepreneurs. And our nation, though it has no drinking water, electricity, sewage system, public transportation, sense of hygiene, discipline, courtesy, or punctuality, ‘’does” have entrepreneurs. Thousands and thousands of them. Especially in the field of technology. And these entrepreneurs—”we” entrepreneurs—have set up all these outsourcing companies that virtually run America now. – Aravind Adiga
  • The statesman received us with that old-fashioned courtesy for which he is remarkable, and seated us on the two luxuriant lounges on either side of the fireplace. Standing on the rug between us, with his slight, tall figure, his sharp features, thoughtful face, and curling hair prematurely tinged with gray, he seemed to represent that not too common type, a nobleman who is in truth noble. – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man’s cruelty and baseness.” – Bryant McGill
  • If each side had been frankly contending for its own real wish, they would all have kept within the bounds of reason and courtesy; but just because the contention is reversed and each side is fighting the other side’s battle, all the bitterness which really flows from thwarted self-righteousness and obstinacy and from the accumulated grudges of the last ten years is concealed from them by the nominal or official “Unselfishness” of what they are doing or, at least, held to be excused by it. – C.S. Lewis
  • Up ahead stands the fun house, which you enter through a clown’s smiling mouth.”I would kill myself if I was prisoner here,” Shelby says.”No, you wouldn’t, just out of courtesy,” I say, “because your body would be trapped in there after you die, and your friends would have to watch your corpse rot.””Hmm,” Shelby says. “Smell it too.””Well, now we’re looking on the bright side,” Packard says. – Carolyn Crane
  • In the meantime: (1) be direct; (2) remember that, being smarter than men, women respond to courtesyand kindness; (3) if you want to know what kind of a wife someone will make, observe her around her father and mother; (4) as to who gets out of the elevator first, I just can’t help you. – David Mamet
  • Please, don’t torture me with cliches. If you’re going to try to intimidate me, have the courtesy to go away for a while, acquire a better education, improve your vocabulary, and come back with some fresh metaphors. – Dean Koontz
  • It is most gratifying,” it said, “that your enthusiasm for our planet continues unabated, and so we would like to assure you that the guided missiles currently converging with your ship are part of a special service we extend to all of our most enthusiastic clients, and the fully armed nuclear warheads are of course merely a courtesydetail. We look forward to your custom in future lives … thank you. – Douglas Adams
  • The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of emptycourtesy and bureaucratic euphemism. – Elizabeth Hardwick
  • If you saw a bullethit a Bird – and he told youhe wasn’t shot – you might weepat his courtesy, but you wouldcertainly doubt his word -One drop more from the gashthat stains your Daisy’sbosom – then would you believe? – Emily Dickinson
  • Cersei wondered what it would feel like to kiss another woman. Not lightly on the cheek, as was commoncourtesy amongst ladies of high birth, but full upon the lips. Taena’s lips were very full. She wondered what it would feel like to suckle on those breasts, to lay the Myrish woman on her back and push her legs apart and use her as a man would use her. – George R.R. Martin
  • I wondered if anybody had ever called her “ma’am,” or “Miss Mayella” in her life; probably not, as she took offense to routine courtesy. What on earth was her life like? I soon found out. – Harper Lee
  • Halfpast twelve o’clock came; Turkey began to glow in the face, overturnhis inkstand, and become generally obstreperous; Nippers abated downinto quietude and courtesy; Ginger Nut munched his noon apple; andBartleby remained standing at his window in one of his profoundestdead-wall reveries. – Herman Melville
  • Spread your courtesy across the door posts of everyone you know, but reserve your intimacy with the little trustworthy friends who are going where you are going. Get it simply: wide courtesy, narrow intimacy! – Israelmore Ayivor
  • Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. – Jacques Maritain
  • But they bear the burden of being unpopular as proof of their importance – and these eminences turn the suspicion that less elevated customers are careful to disguise as courtesy into naked contempt and disdain. All the people one doesn’t need right now are – for the person who will need them in a year’s time – no more than air which he breathes but doesn’t need to see. – Joseph Roth
  • Fresh peach pie can lift a bullying reprobate into apologetic courtesy; I have watched it happen. – Leif Enger
  • The Madame deplored fat men. They had no laps, and of what use is a lapless human? Nevertheless, she gave him the common courtesy of a sniff at his trouser cuffs and immediately backed away, twitching her nose and showing her teeth. – Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Oh, I almost forgot. In case that anyone besides big-headed Near or the deluded murderer is reading these notes, then I shall at least perform the basic courtesy of introducing myself, here at the end of the prologue, I am your narrator, your navigator, your storyteller. For anyone else but those two, my identity may be of no interest to you, but I am the world’s runner-up, the best dresser that died like a dog, Mihael Keehl. I once called myself Mello and was addressed by that name, but that was a long time ago.Good memories and nightmares. – NisiOisiN
  • Nihilism, she thought, is solely a privilege of the living. Respect will be the courtesy I extend to the dead. – R. Curtis Venture
  • BTW, the roach’s name is Max (courtesy of Brianna, “because of I had a puppy, I’d name him Max”). – Rachel Renée Russell
  • A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nordstrom believes that great service begins with showing courtesy to everyone—customers, employees, and vendors. – Robert Spector
  • Our daily life is filled with electronic pianos, ring tones, the disembodied voice giving you your bank balance over the telephone. Even silence can be electronic, courtesy of sound-canceling headphones. – Serge Schmemann
  • Mr. Brundy,” she said with a nod, making the most perfunctory of curtsies to her father’s guest.He made no move to take her hand, but merely bowed and responded in kind. “Lady ‘elen.””My name is Helen, Mr. Brundy,” she said coldly.”Very well- ‘elen,” said Mr. Brundy, surprised and gratified at being given permission, and on such short acquaintance, to dispense with the use of her courtesy title. – Sheri Cobb South
  • Home should be a haven of love. Honor, courtesy, and respect symbolize love and characterize the righteous family. – Thomas S. Monson
  • Each time he uttered the word ‘Monsieur’ in his mild, compassionable voice, the man’s face lighted up. The courtesy, to the ex-convict, was like fresh water to a shipwrecked man. Ignominy thirsts for respect. – Victor Hugo
  • Beaming and melting in smiles of benevolence and self-effacement, they sidled up and plumped down next to Lucette, who turned to them with her last, last, last free gift of staunch courtesy that was stronger than failure and death. – Vladimir Nabokov
  • Kathryn Smith: 16 DPA/Landov: 21 Courtesy of Daniel Kottke: 56 Mark Richards: 71, 348 Ted Thai/Polaris: 102 – Walter Isaacson
  • But Johannes had said, “Politeness is something you owe other people, because when you show a little courtesy, everything becomes easier and better. But first and foremost, it’s something you owe yourself. You are David. – Anne Holm
  • People say ‘Why would you learn Dutch? Nobody speaks it. Why not French?’ Even the Dutch say that to me! I say because I want to live here, I think it’s only common courtesy that I speak the language. – Anthony Geary
  • I’m honor-bound not to struggle with this since you just retrieved it all by yourself. Please do me thecourtesy of pretending this is hard for you as well. – C. J. Redwine
  • But West, like the rest of the Trevors, was endlessly polite. It gave them protection; they could stand neatly behind their courtesy. – Caroline B. Cooney
  • Humour is the courtesy of despair – Chris Marker
  • The Master said, Guide the people by law, aline them by punishment; they may shun crime, but they will want shame. Guide them by mind, aline them by courtesy; they will learn shame and grow good. – Confucius
  • Being grateful is humbling. If we appreciate the simple things as well as our achievements and a simple hello from someone else and show courtesy to others, we will certainly express our gratitude to God. – Ellen J. Barrier
  • The nearer persons come to each other, the greater is the room and the more are the occasions for courtesy; but just in proportion to their approach the gentleness of most men diminishes. – George MacDonald
  • Gratitude is a sign of maturity…Where there is appreciation: there is also courtesy and concern for the rights and property of others. – Gordon B. Hinckley
  • All places where women are excluded tend downward to barbarism; but the moment she is introduced, there come in with her courtesy, cleanliness, sobriety, and order. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • I’ll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy. – Herman Melville
  • It looked like Tohr and the kid had a lot in common: Courtesy of their tempers, both were now dressed in the Captain Asshole costume—which included, for no extra charge, the cape of disgrace, the booties of shame, and keys to the Fuck Up mobile. – J.R. Ward
  • Then he folded his arms on his chest, so his biceps strained at the sleeves of his t-shirt, courtesy of the arm curl machine. – Jennifer Echols
  • I’ve met the Queen a couple of times, and she’s been delightful. In fact, I often find myself thinking: ‘What would the Queen do in this situation? Write a thank-you note? Yes, I’ll do that.’ She’s all about courtesy. – Jools Holland
  • I opted for the rear door, both as a courtesy and so she couldn’t freak out about me showing up on her front doorstep for all of East Falls to see. Being the village pariah does make social calls most trying. – Paige – Kelley Armstrong
  • The mature man lives quietly, does good privately, takes responsibility for his actions, treats others with friendliness and courtesy, finds mischief boring and avoids it. Without the hidden conspiracy of goodwill, society would not endure an hour. – Kenneth Rexroth
  • It’s one thing, holding open the door for someone at a grocery store, or the library, or just about anyplace else. But the doughnut shop is a different thing altogether. This is a get-in-and-out-as-fast-as-you-can operation. There’s no room for courtesy or chivalry here. – Linwood Barclay
  • Love one another, push the perimeter of this glorious language. Lastly, please show proper courtesy; open not your neighbor’s mail. – Mark Dunn
  • In the North, he discoverd, courtesy was considered a barometer of genuine esteem; for any decently brought up Southerner, good manners were simply habitual. – Mary Doria Russell
  • This was our last night. We only had one curtain call, Bree. And I thought they were going to give us a standing ovation, but no-o-o-. Do you know why half the audience stood up?””To
  • ‘Yes, we rather condemn people for eternity without the courtesy of informing them.’ – Matthew Pearl
  • A woman may be beautiful but have poor character. A man may be a business genius, making money left and right, but lack common courtesy, sensitivity, and compassion. – Myles Munroe
  • Don’t flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  • I’d like to say from the beginning that the 12 years I’ve been coming here, I’ve met unfailing courtesy and cooperation, courtesy from your people and cooperation from the Ministry of Information. – Peter Arnett
  • Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. – Saint Basil
  • A paparazzo once jumped out of a car and started running backward with me. I slowed down out ofcourtesy because she started drifting into the street. I reached out my hand and moved her back so she didn’t get hit by a bus. – Sean Astin
  • Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • To suppose a reader thoroughly indifferent to Kant, is to suppose him thoroughly unintellectual; and, therefore, though in reality he should happen not to regard him with interest, it is one of the fictions of courtesyto presume that he does. – Thomas De Quincey
  • He had not even done the fledgling courtesy of shredding open a major artery, anointing himself in the viscous gore, and desecrating her body. The order was as flexible as her corpse remained. – Thomm Quackenbush
  • 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
  • Rivalry discovers that courtesy overlooks. – Baltasar Gracián
  • You owe the companies nothing. You especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs. – Banksy
  • This is the courtesy of Deep Heaven: that when you mean well, He always takes you to have meant better than you knew. It will not be enough for always. He is very jealous. He will have you for no one but Himself in the end. – C.S. Lewis
  • Maybe the ability to confer attention to another person was not simply common courtesy, but was the fundamental act of humanity. When it came down to it, all we ever really have to give each other is our attention. Wasn’t that what love was? Paying selfless attention? – Carolyn Jourdan
  • Most problems are best solved privately, not through government. There’s a problem of discourtesy in the world, which is best handled through social norms, which are indispensable. But you wouldn’t want the government to be mandating courtesy. – Cass Sunstein
  • To save our friends’ nerves, I suggest we meet on a plane of brutal courtesy. It need not interfere with our mutual distrust.” -Francis Crawford of Lymond – Dorothy Dunnett
  • I believe in courtesy. It is the way we avoid hurting people’s feelings. She thought that maybe, just maybe, western civilization was in decline because people did not take time to take tea at four o’clock. – E.L. Konigsburg
  • Nice to know a few things aren’t in the government’s files,’ he said, opening the front door and stepping out ahead of her. The human courtesy of waiting for the woman to go through a door was all flourish, no sense. If any danger waited on the other side of a door, he’d rather meet it himself, not send her into it. – Eileen Wilks
  • You could shove it up your ass and pretend you’re a corn dog.”COURTESY VIOLATION-RESPONSE MUTED-VIOLATION LOGGED – Ernest Cline
  •  A lady’s armor is courtesy – George R.R. Martin
  • The title was but a courtesy due him as a council member; Varys was lord of nothing but the spiderweb, the master of none but his whisperers. – George R.R. MartiA man can suffocate on courtesy. – Henry David Thoreau
  • Patience; kindness; generosity; humility; courtesy; unselfishness; good temper; guilelessness; sincerity—these make up the supreme gift, the stature of the perfect man. – Henry Drummond
  • Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy. – Homer
  • Professor, why couldn’t we just Apparate directly into your old colleague’s house?”Because it would be quite as rude as kicking down the front door,’ said Dumbledore. ‘Courtesy dictates that we offer fellow wizards the opportunity of denying us entry. – J.K. Rowling
  • Reluctantly, and with much hesitation, did she then begin what might perhaps, at the end of half an hour, be termed, by the courtesy of her hearers, an explanation; – Jane Austen
  • It is by no means enough that an officer should be capable. . . . He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor. . . . No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate. – John Paul Jones
  • Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with. – John Wanamaker
  • I deserted the world and sought solitude because I became tired of rendering courtesy to those multitudes who believe that humility is a sort of weakness, and mercy a kind of cowardice, and snobbery a form of strength. – Kahlil Gibran
  • Friends, near or far, are important to us. All of ours have an awareness of other persons’ feelings, acourtesy that’s inevitable. When I find that consideration in a fan, I’m immediately impressed. – Kent McCord
  • I’ve been treating you with courtesy and respect because that’s the way I choose to treat everyone. But never, ever mistake kindness with weakness. – Louise Penny
  • The heart of compassion is the germ of benevolence; the heart of shame, of dutifulness; the heart ofcourtesy and modesty, of observance of the rites; the heart of right and wrong, of wisdom. Man has these four germs just as he has four limbs. For a man possessing these four germs to deny his own potentialities is for him to cripple himself. – Mencius
  • He stepped back with exaggerated courtesy. But when I walked past him, he swatted my rump. Hard enough to sting.”You need to be more careful,” he growled. “Keep interfering in my business and you might get hurt.”I said sweetly as I continued to Jesse’s room, “The last man who swatted me like that is rotting in his grave.””I have no doubt about it.” His voice was more satisfied then contrite. – Patricia Briggs
  • If you treat with courtesy your equal, who is privileged to resent an impertinence, how much more cautious should you be to your dependents, from whom you demand a respectful demeanor. – Robert Chambers
  • No matter how accomplished one might be in any branch of learning or art, one would have to be condemned to hell, if on where not endowed with th five cardinal virtues of Confucius-benevolence, justice, courtesy, wisdom and fidelity – Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
  • Once, I believed in you like a poem, turned your heart into a metaphor for my heart, turned our mouths into honey and caramel lozenges.But metaphors come and metaphors go,and not even seasons have thecourtesy to stay till dawn. – Shinji Moon
  • Those who remarked in the countenance of this young hero a dissolute audacity mingled with extreme haughtiness … could not yet deny to his countenance that sort of comeliness which belongs to an open set of features, well formed by nature, modeled by art to the usual rules of courtesy, yet so far frank and honest, that they seemed as if they disclaimed to conceal the natural working of the soul. – Sir Walter Scott
  • Passion and courtesy are two polar opposite traits that serve to balance each other into a full-blooded whole.Without socialization, passion is a crude barbarian, and without passion, the elegant and polite are dead.Allow both passion and courtesy into your life in equal measure, and be complete. – Vera Nazarian
  • I’m a professional non-fiction reader, that’s what I do. But in my 20s we had our own vampire and witch moment, courtesy of Anne Rice, whose books I read and loved. – Deborah Harkness
  • I dressed in another new outfit courtesy of the guys, and which I didn’t argue about given they keptdestroying my clothes in their eagerness to claim me. Ain’t love grand? – Eve Langlais
  • Lack of courtesy is an extreme form of disrespect – Khaleel Datay
  • I would not have had that happen to you. Discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me. – Thomas Harris