Quotes About Being Nice from Famous People Say the Nicest Thing When You Want to Be Nice Share PINTEREST Email Print Yellow Dog Productions/Digital Vision/Getty Images By Simran Khurana Simran Khurana Education Expert MBA in Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S. in Commerce, Accounting, and Finance, University of Mumbai Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 01/14/20 It is important to be nice. But sometimes being nice can be misconstrued as being weak. Should you be nice to everybody? Should you be nice only when others are nice to you? Do nice guys and gals finish last? Here are some interesting views and quotes about being nice. Dave Barry "A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person." Garrison Keillor "You taught me to be nice, so nice that now I am so full of niceness, I have no sense of right and wrong, no outrage, no passion." Dag Hammarskjold "It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy -- from lack of character." Addison Walker "It's not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts." Wilson Mizner "Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down." Phyllis Diller "Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home." Fay Weldon "Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it’s only when you have children that you realize you’re not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully." Bill Gates "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one." Lord Hanson "Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order." Drew Barrymore "We've got to learn hard things in our lifetime, but it's love that gives you the strength. It's being nice to people and having a lot of fun and laughing harder than anything, hopefully, every single day of your life." Michael Arlen "It is amazing how nice people are to you when they know you're going away." Richard Simmons "Everyone in this world is somehow connected. So why not just be nice to everybody." Robert De Niro "The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you." Paul Arden "Everybody wants to be good, but not many are prepared to make the sacrifices it takes to be great. To many people, being nice in order to be liked is more important. There's equal merit in that, but you must not confuse being good with being liked." Kirk Douglas "Virtue is not photogenic. What is it to be a nice guy? To be nothing, that's what. A big fat zero with a smile for everybody." Muhammad Ali "At home, I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far." Lillie Langtry "No person in the world ever lost anything by being nice to me." John Templeton "It is nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." Bryan Cranston "We've been trained since kindergarten: Be nice, be kind, share, put on a smile. So we're conditioned to squash our natural selfish instincts, and that's the right thing for society."