On respect…thoughts

Thailand si KaoThis week, I dealt with some not so nice people or rather their responses by email or text. It made me wonder where we go with our communication and our everyday conduct and how it affects our living together.

In this sense, I pondered some quotes about respect:

  • “The only true source of politeness is consideration.”
    William Gilmore Simms
  • “Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.”
    Otto von Bismarck
  • “Politeness is the flower of humanity.”
    Joseph Joubert
  • “Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.”
    Madame de Stael
  • “For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.”
    Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations.” Bryant H. McGill
  • “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.”
    Tommy Lee Jones
  • “We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful.”
    Taylor Swift
  • “Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”

Ngapali MyanmarQuite some smart people, wouldn’t you agree? I can’t be too wrong to think, we should all step back and think about respect and politeness before we start typing our replies on any electronic device.Bangkok Sukhumvit 25


2 thoughts on “On respect…thoughts

  1. Heinlein also said that an armed society is a polite society. Others said the same. Ben Franklin among them, I believe. I certainly wish more people were polite. We’ve entered a new era of keyboard courage that did not exist when people dealt with each other face to face. Plus, there is a whole new breed of people in the mix that were not there back when society was much more polite. Patrick Swayze may have said it best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR6T-QjgGcE


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