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Civility: 15 quotes to remind us why it matters

The dictionary defines civility as "Formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech." Over the ages, some great thinkers have considered it one of the bulwarks of human society.  But today have the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle rendered this classic virtue obsolete? Here are 15 quotes from thinkers in various walks of life to remind us why it matters.  

By Pamela Cyran, Monitor contributor

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18th-century English critic, writer, and poet Samuel Johnson

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1. What is lost

"When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency."

– Samuel Johnson

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