I'm brash and abrasive but that's because I've noticed when people are nice and polite they never get anywhere.
The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.
Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.harper lee
Admiration, n Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
By going on the defensive... libertarians are, inadvertently, conceding that speech should be policed for propriety, and that those who violate standards set by the PC set are somehow defective on those grounds alone and deserve to be purged from “polite” company."ilana mercer
By going on the defensive... libertarians are, inadvertently, conceding that speech should be policed for propriety, and that those who violate standards set by the PC set are somehow defective on those grounds alone and deserve to be purged from “polite” company."
While Santorum would have been defeated even without a filthy, lowercase definition of his last name floating around out there, having a name that can barely be mentioned in polite company anymore didn't help.... We helped to make Rick Santorum into a national laughingstock with an invaluable assist from Rick Santorum, of course.
Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.
The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.w. e. b. dubois
Minnesota is a state of public-spirited and polite people, where you can get a good cappucino and eat Thai food and find any book you want and yet live on a quiet tree-lined street with a backyard and send your kids to public school. When a state this good hits the jackpot, it can only be an inspiration to everybody.garrison keillor
In a polite age almost every person becomes a reader, and receives more instruction from the Press than the Pulpit.Oliver Goldsmith
To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs; Heine was nearer the mark when he found in Him the divine Aristophanes . God's laughter is sometimes very coarse and unfit for polite ears; He is not satisfied with being Molière, He must needs also be Aristophanes and Rabelais .sri aurobindo
It is not enough to be wrong, one must also be polite.niels bohr
Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.james mattis
I'm very glad that there was, in fact, a consequence. I think that this kind of coarse language doesn't belong anywhere in reasonable dialogue between reasonable people. ... It gets ruined by this disgusting -- and I'll use the word 'disgusting' -- comment which doesn't belong in any polite company and certainly doesn't belong on any radio station that I would listen to.condoleezza rice
Greatness starts with the replacement of hatred with polite disdain.nassim nicholas taleb
I think “taste” is a social concept and not an artistic one. I’m willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else’s living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another’s brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves.john updike
The taste of beauty, and the relish of what is decent, just and amiable, perfects the character of the gentleman and the philosopher. And the study of such a taste or relish will, as we suppose, be ever the great employment and concern of him who covets as well to be wise and good, as agreeable and polite.
An armed society is a polite society.
Books are necessary to correct the vices of the polite; but those vices are ever changing, and the antidote should be changed accordingly should still be new.Oliver Goldsmith
To rest, the cushion and soft dean invite, Who never mentions hell to ears polite.Alexander Pope
What are sisters for if not to point out the things the rest of the world is too polite to mention?Claire Cook
Congress's definition of torture in those laws - the infliction of severe mental or physical pain - leaves room for interrogation methods that go beyond polite conversation .
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