Courtesy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old courtesy quotes, courtesy sayings, and courtesy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Courtesy should be a continuous action, not something to be turned on and off like a faucet.     


Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and him who receives, and thus, like mercy, it is twice blessed.     

Erastus Wiman

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.     

Henry Clay

Lack of courtesy is an extreme form of disrespect.     

Khaleel Datay

There is no outward sign of true courtesy that does not rest on a deep moral foundation.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship.     

Saint Basil

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.     

Madame De Stael

Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.     

Amy Vanderbilt

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 H. McGill

The greater person is one of courtesy.     

Lord Alfred Tennyson

Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them.     

Bill Kelly

Courtesy and kindness cultivate confidence with good Netiquette. Doing things right makes you feel good.     

David Chiles

Courtesy is a small act but it packs a mighty wallop.     

Lewis Carroll

There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy.     


No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.     

Bryant McGill

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.     


Courtesy is sometimes imperceptible, but its absence turns out to be poignant.     

Julita Davies

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

Good manners without sincerity are like a beautiful dead lady.     

Yukteswar Giri

Good manners are ageless, priceless and classless.     

Diana Mather

Courtesy is simply doing unto others what you would like them to do unto you.     


Courtesy is a lady's armor.     

Sophie Turner

A good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.     

Clarence Thomas

Good manners and soft words have brought many a difficult thing to pass.     

John Vanbrugh

No one is too big to be courteous, but some are too little.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courtesy costs nothing, but buys everything.     

Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Courtesy dictates that we offer fellow wizards the opportunity of denying us entry.     

J.K. Rowling

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.     

Theodore Roosevelt

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.     

George Santayana

Courtesy and good humor are often found with little real worth.     

Samuel Johnson

A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.     

Lord Chesterfield

Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.     

John Wanamaker

There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.     


Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.     

Honoré de Balzac