Definitions: (1) having court-like manners; thoughtful of others; polite and gracious; (2) at minimum actively considerate and sometimes stately politeness
Synonyms: affable, attentive, civil, conciliating, obliging, respectful
Quote: One of the most graceful of warriors is the robin. I know few prettier sights than two males challenging and curveting about each other upon the grass in early spring. Their attentions to each other are so courteous and restrained. — John Burroughs (1837–1921) American naturalist
Consideration: Common courtesy is the backbone of civilization. Simple consideration of others could easily be the foundation of a new world order.
Fictional Figure: Sir Calidore, a knight who typifies courtesy — Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) English Poet, The Faërie Queene
Legendary Figure: Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew, famous for strength and courtesy