The demeanor called courtesy, they say, Comes easily to those easily accessible to all. Kindness and exalted birth: these two Constitute the demeanor called courtesy. What binds humanity together is not physical proximity, But that binding of courteousness. The world applauds the conduct of those Who help with impartiality and generosity. Mockery hurts even in jest, and hence the considerate Are courteous even to their foes. The world goes on because of civilized men. Without them it would collapse into dust. Men without character, despite their sharp minds, Are no better than blocks of wood. It is disgraceful to be discourteous, Even towards the unfriendly who treat you unjustly. To those who cannot laugh, This big world is all darkness even during the day. The great wealth kept by the uncultured Is clean milk gone sour in a can unclean.