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What is Civility?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary civility is civilized conduct; especially courtesy and politeness or a polite act or expression.

Civility Quotes

"Civility means a great deal more than just being nice to one another. It is complex and encompasses learning how to connect successfully and live well with others, developing thoughtfulness, and fostering effective self-expression and communication. Civility includes courtesy, politeness, mutual respect, fairness, good manners, as well as a matter of good health. Taking an active interest in the well-being of our community and concern for hte health of our society is also involved in civility."

~P. M. Forni

"We have a choice about how we behave, and that means we have the choice to opt for civility and grace."

~Dwight Currie

"Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present."

~George Washington

"Don't discount the power of your words. The thought that they might cause unnecessary hurt or discomfort should inform every conversation."

~P. M. Forni

"The very essence of politness seems to be to take care that by our words and actions we make other people pleased with us as well as with themselves."

~Jean De La Bruyere

"A kind word is like charity."

~Muslim proverb

"Respecting others' opinions doesn't mean being untrue to our own."

~P. M. Forni

"Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind, and the third is to kind."

~Henry James

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