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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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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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Incivility is contagious — often spreading by way of righteous indignation until even those without legitimate grievance have come down with symptoms and taken sides.

Diane Kalen-Sukra
Diane Kalen-Sukra (contemp.) Canadian author, consultant
Save Your City: How Toxic Culture Kills Community & What to Do about It (2019)
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Once, when a religionist denounced me in unmeasured terms, I sent him a card saying, “I am sure you believe that I will go to hell when I die, and that once there I will suffer all the pains and tortures the sadistic ingenuity of your deity can devise and that this torture will continue forever. Isn’t that enough for you? Do you have to call me bad names in addition?”

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-American author, polymath, biochemist
I, Asimov, ch. 73 “Letters” (1979)
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