C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Change a virtue in its circumstances and it becomes a vice; change a vice in its circumstances and it becomes a virtue. Regard the same quality from two sides; on one it is a fault, on the other a merit. The essential of a man is found concealed far below these moral badges.
Kindly politeness is the slow fruit of advanced reflection; it is a sort of humanity and kindliness applied to small acts and every-day discourse: it bids man soften towards others, and forget himself for the sake of others: it constrains genuine nature, which is selfish and gross.