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More Average

When telemarketers call me now, I won't get the blow-horn. I'm more polite than the average person.

- Adam DeVine

Friendly About

Being a nice person is about courtesy: you're friendly, polite, agreeable, and accommodating. When people believe they have to be nice in order to give, they fail to set boundaries, rarely say no, and become pushovers, letting others walk all over them.

- Adam Grant

Friendly Agreeable

Agreeable people are warm and friendly. They're nice; they're polite. You find a lot of them in Canada.

- Adam Grant

TV Least

Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.

- Adam McKay

Treat Needs

A man needs to be polite, not just to me but to everyone. I watch that. How does he treat the waiter? How does he treat the coat-check girl? How does he treat the driver?

- Adriana Lima

Big Against

I've had my successes and failures. I know many academics in my field loathe me. I've come to loathe them back, as it seems only polite to do so. But at heart it's absurd; we should band together against the big common enemies.

- Alain de Botton

More Tame

My ego every day is more and more polite. I tame it.

- Alejandro Jodorowsky

Politics Russian

It is not polite for a Russian to interfere in British politics.

- Alexander Lebedev

Wait Very

Swedes are such a civilised, perfect society - at least on the surface. There's a great safety net, a huge middle class, free education, free health care. People are very polite, they wait their turn. They're not too loud, they're not too quiet, but sometimes it's a little too perfect.

- Alexander Skarsgard

About South

There is something about the South that accepts the supernatural. If you don't accept it and you're having a conversation with someone who does, it's just one of those polite things where you don't question their belief in ghosts. You just go, 'Oh, yeah, okay.' It's amazing to be able to have conversations like that.

- Alice Englert

Admiration Another

Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.

- Ambrose Bierce

Definitely Almost

'Almost' can be a polite way of saying something definitely. It withholds the obvious and dangles it just long enough.

- Andre Aciman

Doing I Think

I think a theater show is a pure version of me doing my material. The theater crowd is a bit more polite, there really aren't hecklers, and there are a lot of people there to see me, and they're excited about the jokes and hanging out with me for a show.

- Anthony Jeselnik

Need Cost

I hate it when people are impolite to waiters or to the valet or the guy in the supermarket. There's no need for that; it doesn't cost anything to be polite.

- Ashley Madekwe

Everybody Very

A car to pick me up every day, a chair with my name on it, everybody being very polite... what can you do except sit back and watch it all, try to take it all in?

- Charles Dance

Deny His

No one who is at all acquainted with the Indian in his home can deny that we are a polite people.

- Charles Eastman

London Which

I was going to be in an acting school in London, and then I promptly got thrown out of an acting school in London. Well, it wasn't that I got thrown out as much as I was not invited back, which is the same thing, just more polite.

- Chris Eigeman

Art Illustrations

When I left art school and went in search of work, visiting publishers and showing them my drawings and illustrations, I was met with a polite and sometimes enthusiastic response but no commissions.

- Chris Riddell

Discretion Word

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.

- Christine Keeler

Mother Always

My mother always told me it wasn't polite to ask what people make.

- Clint Eastwood

Standard Took

If a Democrat took Republicans on rudely, they wouldn't be elevated in the Democratic Party. There's a different standard. We're supposed to be polite to people.

- Dan Malloy

Wealth Beholden

I learned my values. It's better to be poor than to be beholden. Wealth is not the object of life. You should be polite as long as possible, and when you can't be polite anymore, don't run.

- Daniel Woodrell

Love Part

What I see as specially English is the charm - everyone is so polite. Being restrained is part of the charm. And I love the sense of humour - it takes me back to Australia. The English are great at making fun of themselves. They're so self-effacing.

- Danielle de Niese

Standard Took

If a Democrat took Republicans on rudely, they wouldn't be elevated in the Democratic Party. There's a different standard. We're supposed to be polite to people.

- Dannel Malloy

Movies Wait

With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it's more a polite suggestion.

- David Benioff

Dress Thoughtful

I'm teaching my daughters to be ladies by showing them how to dress appropriately when they leave the house, and how to be thoughtful and polite.

- Debi Mazar

Year Becoming

Personally, I don't want to do a lot of angel deals in a year. I get approached a lot. I'm becoming less and less polite, which doesn't seem to be helping. A lot of the things I get pitched on are from people who just want to make money.

- Jim McKelvey

Newspaper Here

Everybody told me that Taiwan is a very polite society and that people don't like gossip and scandals here. But they just pretend they don't like it. We have, by far, the biggest newspaper in Taiwan. They just buy it to read it at home.

- Jimmy Lai

Being Unto

I grew up being taught, 'Do unto others as they would do unto you.' I would get scolded for not being polite.

- Joel Edgerton

About Remarkably

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite, remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.

- John Barton

Society Been

My fragile connection with the world of polite society has, without a doubt, been severed.

- John McAfee

Pain Laws

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.

- John Yoo

Here Everybody

It's a great group of people here at Texas A&M, and everybody you run into is incredibly polite.

- Johnny Manziel

Been Auditions

I'm always polite in auditions, but I wasn't like, 'Oh, please give me the job,' for 'Robin Hood' because I didn't think I'd get it. I got told about the audition just a few days before I went to India to film something else. I must have been a bit cocky with it.

- Jonas Armstrong

Deep Politics

Seattle is a liberal city, its politics not so much blue (in the American, not the British, sense) as deep ultramarine, and its manners are studiously polite.

- Jonathan Raban

Making Getting

Making an effort is polite, and getting ready and looking after yourself makes an event more fun.

- Jude Law

Want Your

Women are taught that if you want to be a lady, keep your opinions to yourself and be polite.

- Judy Gold

Stereotype Just

Canadians are nice and polite. It's not just a stereotype.

- Justin Trudeau

Language Rude

No language is rude that can boast polite writers.

- Aubrey Beardsley

New Very

People in France are very intrusive when they recognize you. In New York, they are very polite, with quick words, so it's great.

- Audrey Tautou

Small Sometimes

Sometimes when you start losing detail, whether it's in music or in life, something as small as failing to be polite, you start to lose substance.

- Benny Goodman

Okay Very

I'm okay. Nobody's bothering me. Everyone's very kind, and very polite. I don't feel like my whole life changed.

- Berenice Bejo

Fat Curvy

'Curvy' is just a polite way of saying 'fat.'

- Hannah Simone

Which Very

I've had so many experiences where everyone is very polite about each other's working process, which can lead to work where everyone seems to be in different plays.

- Hattie Morahan

Japan Very

In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there.

- Bill Murray

Divided Bench

And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition, with the women to the left and the men to the right, as it is on the stairs or the block in polite society.

- Henry Lawson

City Also

I didn't know what to expect of real America. What shocked me was the diversity of it and how different every city is. But also just how polite and usually good-willed and optimistic most Americans are.

- Hozier

Think Very

I get very annoyed when people think I'm nice or diffident or a polite English gentleman. I'm a nasty piece of work, and people should know that.

- Hugh Grant

Some Very

I get recognized in the street really frequently, which is really shocking. I'm excruciatingly wary of any female under the age of 19. Even when some of them come up to me, they're usually very cordial, nice and polite.

- Ian Harding

Say Very

If somebody is mean or rude, I just, I don't engage - just block and say, 'Well, that's not very polite.'

- Bryan Fuller

Friend Rude

A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.

- Bryant H. McGill

Doing Career

D.C. fans, I think, are so good. They just come up to me, and they're so nice and so polite and just, 'Hey, I hope you have a great career,' and 'How are you doing, everything's good?' That's pretty much where they leave it at.

- Bryce Harper

Think Campaigning

I don't want to be polite. I don't think campaigning is polite. That's a disingenuous effort.

- Carl Paladino

Never Slang

The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.

- Carl Sandburg

Over Correct

I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell, so I am asking the members of the press to send a mayday call all over the world.

- Carmen Yulin Cruz

Love Strong

To work with someone you love is something special, an incredible experience. But it could be a negative. You have to make a strong commitment to be honest; you're not just being polite, like strangers on an airplane; you're working.

- Diane Ladd

Misery About

Playing is just about feeling. Playing isn't necessarily about misery. Playing isn't necessarily about happiness. But it's just about letting yourself feel all those things that you have already on the inside of you, but you're all the time trying to push them aside because they don't make for polite conversation or something.

- Janis Joplin

Grateful May

Being polite and grateful will make people more inclined to help you. And if people are willing to help you, you may accidentally get something you want.

- Jason Sudeikis

Hypocritical Learns

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.

- Jean Kerr

Spanish Very

The Germans and Austrians are very polite, the Swiss are very reserved and the Spanish usually kiss me. The Brits write me letters.

- Donna Leon

Love Some

Years ago, I was performing, and people kept calling out for 'Puppy Love' and I just didn't want to. Then I thought I'd have some fun, so we did this insane heavy metal version of it. The applause was polite.

- Donny Osmond

Environmental Been

Have we failed to slow global warming pollution in part because climate and environmental activists have been too polite and well behaved?

- Jeff Goodell

Think Pretty

I think photographers are too polite. There is not enough anger in photography; it's pretty much trivialized.

- Duane Michals

Knowledge Buried

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.

- e. e. cummings

Will Moderately

It is something that most parents hope for in life: That their children will be moderately successful, polite, decent human beings. Anything on top of that is something you have no right to hope for, but we all do.

- Jerry Kramer

Shy Before

There is this immediate connection, this intimacy when you're acting because there's no room to be polite or shy. Also, as an actor I get to connect with women I've never met before.

- Jessica Chastain

Underdog Considered

I'm an underdog person, so I align myself with those who seem to be not considered valuable in polite society.

- Jessica Hagedorn


When I started blogging in 2004, I responded to every comment no matter how nasty the reader was. I was generally polite, believing that these critics would be so charmed by my professionalism that they would see the error of their misogynist ways and swiftly run out to read a bell hooks book. Ha!

- Jessica Valenti

Want Person

As a person, I'm polite - I want to please.

- Karl Ove Knausgaard

Want Person

As a person, I'm polite - I want to please.

- Karl Ove Knausgard

Gender I Think

I think, regardless of gender, women and men need to be brave, take chances with their work, and be open to feedback. But I do think 'politeness' is an issue that can hinder your work if you aren't careful. Kindness is important, but being overly polite - thinking you can't disagree with someone about your own work - be careful about that.

- Ellie Kemper

Dress Hostess

It's not polite to refuse to dress for a parly. It's an insult to your hostess. After all, correct dress is a part of good manners.

- Elsa Schiaparelli

Think I Think

Especially these days where everything is so polite and so proper, I think that rites of passage are good.

- Emile Hirsch

Politics Perfectly

I am perfectly capable of writing things about myself that one doesn't discuss in polite company, but I was raised by people who said you don't discuss politics, you don't discuss religion, and you certainly don't discuss people's sex lives.

- Kathryn Harrison

Hero Simple

Tim Berners-Lee, the 44-year-old English physicist who created the World Wide Web, is precisely the kind of hero that a relatively simple invention with profound social and economic consequences should lay claim to. He is not just creative but democratic, diplomatic, polite and generous with credit and praise.

- Katie Hafner

Love Play

I am the common man. I'm polite, I love my family and I play by the rules. And sometimes I get pushed around. That's my lifestyle, and that's what I try to bring to characters.

- Eugene Levy

Trust Your

Even if you can't afford to travel the world, you can take your children to the museum, zoo or local park. And don't be afraid to take them to grown-up spots. Eating out in a restaurant teaches children how to be quiet and polite and gives them the pleasure of knowing you trust them to behave.

- Kimora Lee Simmons

Think Over

I had a holiday job in a kitchen, but I think we'll draw a polite veil over that. There was nothing joyous or creative about it. And none of this helped my studies.

- Fergus Henderson

Other Very

Sometimes if you have very confident people, you have to tell them please, be polite, there are other players are good enough as you and you should never speak out of an orchestra.

- Kurt Masur

Treated Esteemed

Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Society Including

In polite society one laughs at all the jokes, including the ones one has heard before.

- Frank Dane

Compare Which

You can't compare a Super Bowl crowd, which tends to be more polite and a little more neutral to that. The Super Bowl only has 7,000 to 8,000 fans for each team.

- Lamar Hunt

More Drinking

Tequila. Straight. There's a real polite drink. You keep drinking until you finally take one more and it just won't go down. Then you know you've reached your limit.

- Lee Marvin

Father Some

I talk to my kids about my mother's energy and how she would have loved them. I talk about how kind and polite my father was. So that they have some kind of remembrance that even though my parents died from their addictions and so that they know they were genuine in how they were.

- Lemon Andersen

Door Here

I've had fans come and knock on my door. I'm usually polite, but I'm usually very direct and say, 'It's not cool that you come here uninvited.'

- Gary Allan

Ascend Been

It's one of these things that I've been struck by for so long about America. You know, this amazing politeness of American life that's not at all class specific. It's not like people get more polite as ascend the hierarchy of society. Just incredible good manners. It's always been something that I've noticed.

- Geoff Dyer

Notes Touched

American readers are so polite; their reactions make it seem like I've received thousands of thank-you notes. It's just lovely, and amazing the things people tell you that have touched them and related to their own lives.

- Liane Moriarty

Bad Ahead

You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.

- George McGovern

Never Been

I've never been afraid to make a polite ask to someone.

- Gerald Chertavian

Parent Gift

My daughter is the biggest gift; I've said it so many times and it sounds like a cliche, but the thing about being a parent is when you think you've cracked it, and you're on top of your game, they change again and you have to catch up and adjust. I feel such a responsibility to instill good values in her, to be polite, to have discipline.

- Geri Halliwell

Think Through

I think that Canadians have an incredible reverence for authority and regard for authority, and I think one of the healthy ways that it's challenged is through questioning it, through the polite hostility of comedy.

- Lorne Michaels

Accurate Correct

Comedy isn't polite and it isn't correct and it isn't accurate, even. It's just a mess. So that's the way that I approach it.

- Louis C. K.

Always Shortcomings

It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity.

- Russell Lynes

Nobody Ever

Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killing yet.

- Thelma Ritter

Living Another

Texas, to be respected, must be polite. Santa Anna, living, can be of incalculable benefit to Texas; Santa Anna, dead, would just be another dead Mexican.

- Sam Houston

Learn Sometimes

It's crazy that, as women, we are taught to be cute and nice and polite when we should learn to be less nice sometimes.

- Pom Klementieff

I Think Use

And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite.

- Miriam Makeba

Advice Given

The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.

- Samuel L. Jackson

I Am Definitely

I am definitely not as polite as Beatrice, I have to say. I tell it as it is. I am shyer at first.

- Princess Eugenie of York

Address Trained

My family trained me to be polite to people I had just met, and that included strangers. You speak when you're spoken to. You look people in the eye when they address you and when you address them back.

- Samuel R. Delany