Impoliteness is not a vice of the mind, but the consequence of several vices; of foolish vanity, of ignorance of one’s duties, of idleness, of stupidity, of absence of mind, of contempt for others, and of jealousy.

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696) French essayist, moralist
The Characters [Les Caractères], “Of Mankind,” sec. 8 (1688) [tr. van Laun (1885)]
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Alternate translation:

Incivility is not a vice of the soul, but the effect of several vices; of vanity, ignorance of duty, laziness, stupidity, distraction, contempt of others, and jealousy.
[tr. Source (1752)]

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