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- Take care never to speak what you have not weighed and pondered beforehand; nor interject your own words on the spur of the moment and in the midst of another’s; for you must listen and converse in turn, with set times for speech and for silence.
- Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing.
- Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), § 118
- Politeness, however, acts the lady's-maid to our thoughts ; and they are washed, dressed, curled, rouged, and perfumed, before they are presented to the public