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Good manners do more for a man that good looks.

EDGAR WATSON HOWE, Country Town Sayings

Should we distrust [a] man because his manners are not our manners?

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, The Last of the Mohicans

There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.

EDMUND BURKE, Reflections on the Revolution in France

Lack of manners is the sign of a hero.


Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

It's always galling to be taught good manners by an enemy.

K. J. PARKER, Devices and Desires

Manners are of more importance than laws. The law can touch us here and there, now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation like that of the air we breathe in.

EDMUND BURKE, Letters On a Regicide Peace

Courtly manners are contagious; they are caught at Versailles.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Court", Les Caractères

Read Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on Manners


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