Do you practice courtesy in your daily life? The National Common Courtesy Day, celebrated every March 21, is the perfect time to reflect on the simple acts that can make an impact in our lives and others'.

What does common courtesy even mean? In essence, it is the polite and respectful manner that people are expected to show to others, National Day Calendar said.

It doesn't require any special skill or training to behave with common courtesy. It simply means being polite and respectful in our interactions with other people. Saying "please" and "thank you" even for small matters, opening a door for someone else, or even showing up to a meeting on time are just some of the things we can do that may seem simple but may actually mean a lot to the people we encounter.

However, people can forget to practice common courtesy, often because of the fast pace of our day-to-day lives. So National Common Courtesy Day may be a good time to reflect on whether we treat the people around us with respect.

On this day, let's have a look at some quotes that may inspire you to practice common courtesy every day, courtesy of AZ Quotes, Brainy Quote, Wise Sayings and Good Reads:

  • "He who sows courtesy reaps friendship." -Saint Basil
  • "If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent." -Maya Angelou
  • "Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy." -Jacques Maritain
  • "The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it." -Christian Nestell Bovee
  • "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
  • "Talk to strangers politely... Every friend you have now was once a stranger, although not every stranger becomes a friend." - Israelmore Ayivor
  • "Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage." -Theodore Roosevelt
  • "Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them." - Amy Vanderbilt
  • "Not only the footwear, wear also the courtesy, respect, and gratitude in your heart while stepping out of home." - Rupali Desai
  • "Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with." -John Wanamaker
  • "Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration." -Margaret Chase Smith
  • "No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy." -Bryant H. McGill
  • "How sweet and gracious, even in common speech, is that fine sense which men call courtesy! Wholesome as air and genial as the light, welcome in every clime as breath of flowers, it transmutes aliens into trusting friends, and gives its owner passport round the globe." -James Thomas Fields
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