C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Amiability shines by its own light.


Amiability is the redeeming quality of fools.

Miss Braddon.

How easy it is to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success!

Madame Swetchine.

We ought to regard amiability as the quality of woman, dignity that of man.


Amiability is very often a weakness, but the most unobjectionable one as a rule.

Lady Morgan.

Amiable people, while they are more liable to imposition in casual contact with the world, yet radiate so much of mental sunshine that they are reflected in all appreciative hearts.

Madame Deluzy.

That constant desire of pleasing, which is the peculiar quality of some, may be called the happiest of all desires in this, that it scarcely ever fails of attaining its ends, when not disgraced by affectation.


The amiable is a duty most certainly, but must not be exercised at the expense of any of the virtues. He who seeks to do the amiable always, can only be successful at the frequent expense of his manhood.