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The wisest and best are repulsive, if they are characterized by repulsive manners. Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power
Politeness is the most acceptable hypocrisy
Politeness is the flower of humanity
You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force
It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny
Politeness and an affable address are our best introduction
Politeness is one of those advantages which we never estimate rightly but by the inconvenience of its loss
Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gestures or quick movements inspire involuntary disrespect
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax
Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."