courtesy

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Civility costs nothing.

 and Courtesy costs nothing.
Prov. It never hurts you to be polite. Always greet people politely, no matter what you think of them. Civility costs nothing. Why not write Mildred a thank-you note? Courtesy costs nothing.
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out of courtesy (to someone)

in order to be polite to someone; out of consideration for someone. We invited Mary's brother out of courtesy to her. They invited me out of courtesy.
See also: courtesy, of, out
References in classic literature ?
Mrs Clay was very pleasant, and very smiling, but her courtesies and smiles were more a matter of course.
Letters have been issued by the government commending the party to courtesies abroad.
For some minutes there was an exchange of courtesies and some local gossip about the island, the prospects of copra and the vanilla crop; then we came to the object of my visit.
She left the apartment after two courtesies, and went down into the shop - but not without having listened at the door, to know what Planchet's gentlemen visitors would say of her.
He had scarcely exchanged the usual courtesies with his host and hostess before Lady Ruth, leaning over from a little group, whispered in his ear.
Except when carried away by his enthusiasm, he was always on guard, keenly watchful of their actions and learning their little courtesies and refinements of conduct.