quotations about manners
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
Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
EMILY POST, attributed, Hey! Let's Talk It Over!
Manners very easily and rapidly mature into morals.
HORACE MANN, Thoughts
A hat should be taken off when greeting a lady, and left off the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.
P. J. O'ROURKE, Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People
I was raised right--I talk about people behind their backs. It's called manners.
KATHY GRIFFIN, stand-up routine
It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire. For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy.
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims
Table manners are a skill that once mastered last a lifetime, and will take you from the picnic table to White House receptions (should you be invited).
KATE SPADE, Manners
One of the most important rules of the science of manners is an almost absolute silence in regard to yourself.
HONORÉ DE BALZAC, La Comédie Humaine
Manners consist in pretending that we think as well of others as of ourselves.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, Mortals and Others
Courtly manners are contagious; they are caught at Versailles.
JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of the Court", Les Caractères
Etiquette ... means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
WILL CUPPY, How to Be a Hermit
I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.
J. D. SALINGER, The Catcher in the Rye
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
For there is nothing settled in manners, but the laws of behavior yield to the energy of the individual. The maiden at her first ball, the countryman at a city dinner, believes that there is a ritual according to which every act and compliment must be performed, or the failing party must be cast out of this presence. Later, they learn that good sense and character make their own forms every moment, and speak or abstain, to take wine or refuse it, stay or go, sit in a chair or sprawl with children on the floor, or stand on their head, or what else soever, in a new and aboriginal way: and that strong will is always in fashion, let who will be unfashionable.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Manners", Essays
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Letters and Social Aims
A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Friday
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
We write in water.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry VIII
Good manners can be the authentic gestures of a good person but they can also be the deceptions of a deceitful one.
JASON W. BROWN, Process and the Authentic Life
Suit your manner to the man.