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


Civility is but a desire to receive civility, and to be esteemed polite.

La Rochefoucauld.

Whilst thou livest keep a good tongue in thy head.


A good word is an easy obligation, but not to speak ill, requires only our silence, which costs us nothing.


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 pretense to claim.