Explore the value of Courtesy
Here are some inspiring stories about courtesy.
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A LITTLE KINDNESS GOES A LONG WAY New neighbors are building their "dream house" on our street. They had sent a note to everyone introducing themselves when the construction started a year ago, but we had not met them yet. We bought a small plastic basket, filled it with candy and attached it to the temporary fence with a note saying: "Welcome to...
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YOUNG EXAMPLES I had the privilege of witnessing an experience I will always remember. It occurred in the busy parking lot of a grocery store. An elderly woman was struggling to maneuver her grocery cart and unload it. A young man walking by stopped, turned around, and returned to the side of the woman. He asked if he could...
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IT'S YOUR LUCKY DAY! I was running late for work on Friday trying to get my bags packed for DC. It was a beautiful day and normally I would walk to the subway. Since I was running late the only way to make it to work on time would be to catch a cab. So I flagged down the first cab that drove by my house. When I got into the back seat...
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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20160822 monday quote
“I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word - politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.”

Fran Lebowitz

Tuesday alternate
“Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much.”

Erastus Wiman

20160825  thursday quote alternate
“Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

20180815 wednesday quote
“Courtesy is a small act but it packs a mighty wallop.”

Lewis Carroll

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“There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

20160824 wednesday quote
“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.”

Sir Frances Bacon

20180813 monday quote
“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”

Saint Basil

20180817 friday quote
“Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.”

Henry Clay

20180816 thursday quote
“The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater, ennoble it.”

Christian Nestell Bovee

Here are some stories about everyday heroes who show 'courtesy'.
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tammy laplante tammy laplante is my grandma. she is the most giving person i know. no matter what she will always go the extra mile to help someone out. she brought me into her house when my mom kicked me out. she has always pushed me to be a better person. she is my hero.
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Chris F Chris became quadriplegic (from shoulders down) in a boating accident about 10 years ago. He has recovered as fully as physically possible. During that time obtained a graduate level certificate in Assistive Technology at San Diego State University, returned to full-time work as an engineer, and married his wife,...
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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Your Comments
Edie from New York JANUARY 28, 2014
I'm so glad a took a minute after viewing a commercial to look up this site. It is inspiring. I try to Pay it Forward and pass it on everyday.

Iyauna &Tionna from Alto JANUARY 15, 2014
We helped a teacher

chesnee from rusk JANUARY 10, 2014
i opened the door for someone yesterday

Anon Imus from Los Angeles DECEMBER 25, 2013
Courtesy is meaningless if you let others mistreat you. Other values must take precedence in such case. This is not to say that you should stop being courteous.

Anderson from Colatina - ES, Brasil OCTOBER 6, 2011
De tudo o que recebemos, com certeza a cortesia deve ser passada adiante, porque todos precisa de todos, até quem nos odeia. From everything we receive, surely the courtesy should be passed on, because everyone needs everyone, even those who dislike us.

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