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Always speak politely to an enraged Dragon.
Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I was raised in Duluth, Minnesota, where you never say that you're cold, or that you're suffering, and you listen politely to people, even if you disagree with them completely. Then you say passive-aggressive things later.
I've learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary as far as my limited outside time is concerned. Saying 'no' politely is a necessity if one wants to lead any kind of stable life.
When it comes to Chinese food I have always operated under the policy that the less known about the preparation the better. A wise diner who is invited to visit the kitchen replies by saying, as politely as possible, that he has a pressing engagement elsewhere.
My makeup wasn't smeared, I wasn't disheveled, I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?
Generally, when a record label suggests album ideas for you, you smile politely, and then proceed to shoot it down, because it's never what you as an artist feel is right for you.
It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
It's politely assumed that democracy is a means of containing and restraining violence. But violence comes not from genes but from ideas.
I find it next to impossible to remain politely silent when people prate to me about the glory of being given another chance to live happily ever after!
With any tween, you have issues, from what they are going to wear to school, to how do you get them to speak politely, to how regularly they lose their contact lenses.
Marcia Gay Harden
It's, like, bigots want to embrace me, and I politely take their arms from around my neck. I don't share their views - never have.
One night I was standing on Third Avenue playing my guitar, when this big Irish policeman came strolling by, and stopped to listen to my singing and playing. When I was done, he politely handed me a ticket for disturbing the peace, while at the same time telling me how much he liked my voice. I wish I still had that ticket.
I'm always a big fan of if you approach somebody politely about something and you're not a nudge - you're just pretty honest and simple, my kind of philosophy is that I'm not afraid of 'no,' and that's way different than 'I won't take no for an answer.'
One often forgets that even if art is a very successful field in contemporary culture, there are still a lot of people alienated by it. Even if people don't fully understand where my work is coming from, at least there's somebody who looks kind of sane standing in front of you and politely engaging with you. People react.
Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone. The English do, and it's been their only major business advantage for the past two centuries.
It's just like with people. You're going to get along better working with them - human or equine - if you ask politely rather than demand that they do things.
FDR's job results were, to put it politely, disturbing.
I've been called funny. I assume my wife thinks I'm funny. But generally, if you bumped into me and said hello, I would say hello back, politely. And that would be it.
I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.
We will hang you, never fear, Most politely, most politely.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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