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Samuel JohnsonThe true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

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ThucydidesΤhose who do not yield to their equals, who keep terms with their superiors, and are moderate towards their inferiors, on the whole succeed best.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Wilson MiznerTreat a whore like a lady and a lady like a whore.

—  Wilson Mizner, 1876-1913, American playwright

William ShakespeareLove all, trust a few, Do wrong to none.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ All's Well That Ends Well

Immanuel KantHuman beings are never to be treated as a means but always as ends.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Sun TzuTreat your men as you would your own beloved sons. And they will follow you into the deepest valley.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

Benjamin FranklinTo be humble to superiors is a duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Lao-TzuRespond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Mahatma GandhiThe true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Wolfgang GoetheIf you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Andy WarholI think everybody should be nice to everybody.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Oscar WildeA gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeNever love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonTrust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

SenecaTreat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Lord ChesterfieldDo as you would be done by, is the surest method of pleasing.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Lord ChesterfieldThe characteristic of a well-bred man is, to converse with his inferiors without insolence, and with his superiors with respect and with ease.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Charles Caleb ColtonIt is always safe to learn, even from our enemies, seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Edmund BurkeRudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

—  Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, British statesman & philosopher

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Khalil GibranIf the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

Jules RenardIf you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

George WashingtonBe courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.

—  George Washington, 1732-1799, the first American President

Harry TrumanI never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Harry TrumanTact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Lou HoltzI follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Eleanor RooseveltTo handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Franklin RooseveltIf you treat people right they will treat you right ... ninety percent of the time.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

DanteTo be rude to him was courtesy.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet


Bible Quotes

Gospel of LukeDo to others as you would have them do to you.

—  Gospel of Luke ‐ 6:31

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Funny Quotes

Fred AllenTreat employees like partners, and they act like partners.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian


Ancient Greek

CleobulusWhat you hate don’t do to others.

Ό συ μισείς, ετέρω μη ποιήσεις.

—  Cleobulus, 6th cent. BC, Ancient Greek Poet, one of the 7 sages

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Proverbs

English proverbYou catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

—  English proverb

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