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15 Quotes to Encourage Better Business Etiquette (A Little Politeness Never Hurt Anyone)

Being courteous and polite seems easy on the surface, but when practiced regularly and genuinely, this can have a huge positive impact on your career and life success.

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BY Peter Economy - 03 Jul 2018

15 Quotes to Encourage Better Business Etiquette (A Little Politeness Never Hurt Anyone)

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It's hard to deny: the profit you make and the proper business protocol you practice are two activities strongly tied together. Knowing how to be mature in business situations -- from speaking with calm confidence, to dressing appropriately, to even merely arriving on time to meetings -- is a highly powerful strategy that will boost your success in the professional realm.

A company that has a culture full of respect and courtesy is a company that will go to great heights. Still don't believe a mastery of business etiquette should be a high priority? Here are 15 quotes from some of the most successful men and women who may make you think otherwise:

  1. "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." -- Bill Gates
  2. "Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back." -- Thomas Sowell
  3. "Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement." -- James Cash Penney
  4. "Civility costs nothing and buys everything." -- Mary Wortley Montagu
  5. "The ability to get along with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar and coffee. I pay more for that ability than any under the sun." -- John D. Rockefeller
  6. "There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy." -- E.V. Lucas
  7. "Standards are not established by your proclamations they are established by your routines." -- T Jay Taylor
  8. "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." -- Vincent Van Gogh
  9. "He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest." -- Walter Benjamin
  10. "Arriving late was a way of saying that your own time was more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you." Karen Joy Fowler
  11. "Etiquette requires us to admire the human race." -- Mark Twain
  12. "Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them." -- Benjamin Disraeli
  13. "We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give." -- John Petit-Senn
  14. "Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others." -- Marianne Williamson
  15. "A good character carries with it the highest power of causing a thing to be believed." -- Aristotle

If you have a great client list, great team, or great company, all will grow enormously once you master business etiquette. What etiquette will you master today?

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