If a man is easy of access to all, then the virtue of courtesy
Will be easily accessible to him.
Loving kindness and birth to lofty kindred-
These two confer on one a gracious manner.
That their limbs look alike does not render likness among human.
Real similarities derive from similarly civil features.
The world commends the civil character of those
Who combine usefulness with impartial benevolence.
Disparaging words pain a man even when uttered in jest. Therefore,
those who know human nature are courteous even to their enemies.
The world goes on because civilized men exist.
Without them it would collapse into mere dust.
Though their minds are as sharp as a rasp,
Men without human decency are as wooden as a tree.
It is disgraceful to be discourteous,
Even toward the unfriendly who treat you unjustly.
To those who cannot smile in joy the wide world
Lies engulfed in darkness even in broad daylight.
Great wealth amassed by men devoid of that virtue called courtesy
Is like good milk that has soured in an unclean vessel.
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