When a great merchant of Liverpool was asked by what means he had contrived to realize the large fortune he possessed, his reply was, "By one article alone, in which thou mayest deal too, if thou pleasest—it is civility."
Nothing costs less, nor is cheaper, than the compliments of civility.
The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be; because he shows you by his manner, that he thinks it mere condescension in him, and that his goodness alone bestows upon you what you have no pretence to claim.
Civility is a charm that attracts the love of all men; and too much is better than to show too little.
If a civil word or two will render a man happy, he must be a wretch, indeed, who will not give them to him.— Such a disposition is like lighting another man's candle by one's own, which loses none of its brilliancy by what the other gains.
The general principles of urbanity, politeness, or civility, have been the same in all nations; but the mode in which they are dressed is continually varying. The general idea of showing respect is by making yourself less; but the manner, whether by bowing the body, kneeling, prostration, pulling off the upper part of our dress, or taking away the lower, is a matter of custom.
While thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head.