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civility costs nothing

proverb It is easy to be respectful. You don't have to be their best friends, but you could at least say hi to them—civility costs nothing.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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