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58 Inspirational Quotes on Being Courteous (RESPECT)

Top 10 Most Famous Quotes on Being Courteous

“One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all – to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.”

Ezra Taft Benson
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. - George WashingtonPin
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. – George Washington

“One’s appearance bespeaks dignity corresponding to the depth of his character. One’s concentrated effort, serene attitude, taciturn air, courteous disposition, thoroughly polite bearing, gritted teeth with a piercing look – each of these reveals dignity. Such outward appearance, in short, comes from constant attentiveness and seriousness.”

Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous - not just to some people in some circumstances - but to everyone all the time. - Thomas J. WatsonPin
Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous – not just to some people in some circumstances – but to everyone all the time. – Thomas J. Watson

“Courtesy is doing that which nothing under the sun makes you do but human kindness. Courtesy springs from the heart; if the mind prompts the action, there is a reason; if there be a reason, it is not courtesy, for courtesy has no reason. Courtesy is good will, and good will is prompted by the heart full of love to be kind. Only the generous man is truly courteous. He gives freely without a thought of receiving anything in return.”

B. C. Forbes
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice. - Baltasar GracianPin
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice. – Baltasar Gracian

“Don’t just show kindness in passing or to be courteous. Show it in depth, show it with passion, and expect nothing in return. Kindness is not just about being nice; it’s about recognizing another human being who deserves care and respect.”

Colin Powell
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. - Francis BaconPin
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world. – Francis Bacon

“Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren’t, we should behave as though we are — cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.”

Maya Angelou
You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity. - Angela MericiPin
You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity. – Angela Merici

12 Touching Quotes on Being Courteous That Inspire Kindness Towards Others

“How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy. It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout. The courteous gesture increases one’s respect for others. To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful. I believe we are called to the duty of delight.”

Dorothy Day
For those who are always courteous and respectful of elders, four things increase life, beauty, happiness and strength. - Gautama BuddhaPin
For those who are always courteous and respectful of elders, four things increase: life, beauty, happiness and strength. – Gautama Buddha
Be kind. Be courteous. Love others and be happy. It's that simple. - Daniel NorrisPin
Be kind. Be courteous. Love others and be happy. It’s that simple. – Daniel Norris

“Many men fail because they do not see the importance of being kind and courteous to the men under them. Kindness to everybody always pays for itself. And, besides, it is a pleasure to be kind.”

Charles M. Schwab
We must be ever courteous and patient with those who do not see eye to eye with us. We must resolutely refuse to consider our opponents as enemies. - Mahatma GandhiPin
We must be ever courteous and patient with those who do not see eye to eye with us. We must resolutely refuse to consider our opponents as enemies. – Mahatma Gandhi
Let us make a choice and a promise to be kind, courteous, loving, and forgiving. - Debasish MridhaPin
Let us make a choice and a promise to be kind, courteous, loving, and forgiving. – Debasish Mridha

“As a former waitress myself, I know firsthand how a simple smile from someone can improve your day and how a single harsh word can destroy it. Being courteous and thoughtful costs you nothing and can sometimes pay you dividends in unexpected ways.”

Susanna Kearsley
Patience isn’t simply waiting, it is caring enough about the situation and those involved to remain calm and courteous throughout the wait. - Richelle E. GoodrichPin
Patience isn’t simply waiting, it is caring enough about the situation and those involved to remain calm and courteous throughout the wait. – Richelle E. Goodrich
Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels; you must have some of your own. - John WanamakerPin
Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels; you must have some of your own. – John Wanamaker
I remain calm, polite, civil, and courteous; even you are rude and uncivil. It is my way of life that I learned through spirituality. - Ehsan SehgalPin
I remain calm, polite, civil, and courteous; even you are rude and uncivil. It is my way of life that I learned through spirituality. – Ehsan Sehgal
A kindly courtesy does at least save one’s feelings, even if it is not professing to stand for a welcome. - Mark TwainPin
A kindly courtesy does at least save one’s feelings, even if it is not professing to stand for a welcome. – Mark Twain
Certainly every man can be courteous, for it costs nothing, and is within the ability of all. - Nicias Ballard CookseyPin
Certainly every man can be courteous, for it costs nothing, and is within the ability of all. – Nicias Ballard Cooksey

2 Quotes on Being Courteous to Women

“Men don’t know enough about being courteous toward women. You should get into a cab before a woman so she doesn’t have to slide across the seat. And you should always go first into a revolving door so she doesn’t have to push – unless it’s moving, then let her go first.”

Thom Browne

“From my perspective, probably women are won over by people who are sweet and respectful and courteous and kind and funny. I think those are the things that win women over.”

Zooey Deschanel

15 Wise Quotes on Being Courteous

“You can literally force yourself to be courteous, happy and enthusiastic with every person you meet. After you have forced yourself to be so for a short period of time… the habit takes over.”

Zig Ziglar
Something happens inside of us when we are courteous and deferential toward others. It is all part of a refining process, which if persisted in, will change our very natures. - Gordon B. HinckleyPin
Something happens inside of us when we are courteous and deferential toward others. It is all part of a refining process, which if persisted in, will change our very natures. – Gordon B. Hinckley
Greatness is so often a courteous synonym for great success. - Philip GuedallaPin
Greatness is so often a courteous synonym for great success. – Philip Guedalla

“You will be courteous to your elders who have explored to the point from which you may advance; and helpful to your juniors who will progress farther by reason of your labors.”

Abbott L. Lowell
If someone's being less than courteous to you, I don't think you need to pay any attention to them. - Elizabeth GilliesPin
If someone’s being less than courteous to you, I don’t think you need to pay any attention to them. – Elizabeth Gillies
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.Pin
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing. – Robert E. Howard

“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
Nothing is more becoming in a great man than courtesy and forbearance. - CiceroPin
Nothing is more becoming in a great man than courtesy and forbearance. – Cicero
A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, Manling. - Rudyard KiplingPin
A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, Manling. – Rudyard Kipling

“While there is nothing wrong with being ambitious, you will get along better if you temper your ambition with courtesy. It is important that other people like you for you to get ahead, and being courteous is one of the best ways to make others like you.”

Marjabelle Young Stewart
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it. - Christian Nestell BoveePin
The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it. – Christian Nestell Bovee
We must be courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. - Ralph Waldo EmersonPin
We must be courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We will support people who have the courtesy to talk to us, and who would stop pitting us against our neighbors. - Jim HowellPin
We will support people who have the courtesy to talk to us, and who would stop pitting us against our neighbors. – Jim Howell
There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy. - V. LucasPin
There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy. – V. Lucas
Courtesy is contagious - let's start an epidemic. - Evan EsarPin
Courtesy is contagious – let’s start an epidemic. – Evan Esar

4 Quotes on Being Courteous From Parents

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 ZiglarPin
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
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 SturridgePin
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 used to quite like the idea of zooming in and out of traffic quite quickly, but when you get a decent car and kids in the back, you become more courteous. - Ainsley HarriottPin
I used to quite like the idea of zooming in and out of traffic quite quickly, but when you get a decent car and kids in the back, you become more courteous. – Ainsley Harriott
My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous. - Paul McCartneyPin
My dad was a particularly polite kind of guy, very courteous. – Paul McCartney

15 Thought-Provoking Quotes on Being Courteous

“I used to bodyguard for Muhammad Ali, Leon Spinks, Sugar Ray Leonard. I used to bodyguard a lot of diamond merchants; I would travel with a suitcase full of diamonds and take them from point A to point B. My reputation grew because I was a professional. I did my job, and I was courteous – a no-nonsense guy.”

Mr. T
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. - Malcolm XPin
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. – Malcolm X
Have a sense of humor about life - you will need it. And be courteous.Pin
Have a sense of humor about life – you will need it. And be courteous.- Peter Jennings

“I always enjoy speaking at schools. The questions are usually direct but courteous and designed to elicit an answer rather than to simply impress the friends of whoever is asking them.”

David Lidington
You can't live your life trying to please people. You be courteous and you be respectful, but you've got to do things in the way that you want to do them. - Kip MoorePin
You can’t live your life trying to please people. You be courteous and you be respectful, but you’ve got to do things in the way that you want to do them. – Kip Moore
Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement. - James Cash PenneyPin
Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement. – James Cash Penney

“I have a couple of basses in my office. And I try to be courteous of my co-workers, but sometimes I get carried away and I crank up my amp and I rock out. It’s kind of my stress reliever.”

Lester Holt
Kind words are benedictions. They are not only instruments of power, but of benevolence and courtesy; blessings both to the speaker and hearer of them. - Frederick SaundersPin
Kind words are benedictions. They are not only instruments of power, but of benevolence and courtesy; blessings both to the speaker and hearer of them. – Frederick Saunders
A large nose is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous and liberal man. - Cyrano de BergeracPin
A large nose is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous and liberal man. – Cyrano de Bergerac
It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy. - Mercy Otis WarrenPin
It may be a mistake, that man, in a state of nature, is more disposed to cruelty than courtesy. – Mercy Otis Warren
Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers. - W. Averell HarrimanPin
Conferences at the top level are always courteous. Name-calling is left to the foreign ministers. – W. Averell Harriman
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. - Jacques MaritainPin
Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. – Jacques Maritain
Perfume is a form of writing, an ink, a choice made in the first person, the dot on the i, a weapon, a courteous gesture, part of the instant, a consequence. - Serge LutensPin
Perfume is a form of writing, an ink, a choice made in the first person, the dot on the i, a weapon, a courteous gesture, part of the instant, a consequence. – Serge Lutens
A kind, courteous Christian is the most powerful argument in favor of the gospel that can be produced. - Ellen G. WhitePin
A kind, courteous Christian is the most powerful argument in favor of the gospel that can be produced. – Ellen G. White
I don't know about friends, but what time I spent with The Beatles they were very courteous to me. - Peter TorkPin
I don’t know about friends, but what time I spent with The Beatles they were very courteous to me. – Peter Tork
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