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Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
– Honore de Balzac
Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people’s bad manners.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
– Henry James
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
– Horace Mann
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
– Jonathan Swift
My manners, abominable at times, can be sweet.
– Jack Kerouac
No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
– John Ruskin
Let us not become so intense in our zeal to do good by winning arguments or by our pure intention in disputing doctrine that we go beyond good sense and manners, thereby promoting contention, or say and do imprudent things, invoke cynicism, or ridicule with flippancy.
– James E. Faust
I make a distinction between manners and etiquette – manners as the principles, which are eternal and universal, etiquette as the particular rules which are arbitrary and different in different times, different situations, different cultures.
– Judith Martin
I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
– James Russell Lowell
Liberty cannot be preserved, if the manners of the people are corrupted.
– Algernon Sidney
The greater the controversy, the more you need manners.
Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society.
– Alexander McCall Smith
I mean, every novel’s a historical novel anyway. But calling something a historical novel seems to put mittens on it, right? It puts manners on it. And you don’t want your novels to be mannered.
– Colum McCann
High rank and soft manners may not always belong to a true heart.
– Anthony Trollope
Good manners are appreciated as much as bad manners are abhorred.
– Bryant H. McGill
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
– Benjamin Franklin
Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners is nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices.
– Ann Landers
Well, I’m from the South originally. I grew up in South Carolina definitely learning about manners and being proper and having to go to cotillions.
– Anna Camp
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
– Arthur Ashe
This self-congratulatory notion Americans have that their country is Number One is borne of ignorance and bad manners.
– Bryan Cranston
Bedside manners are no substitute for the right diagnosis.
– Alfred P. Sloan
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
– Amy Vanderbilt
Good manners: The noise you don’t make when you’re eating soup.
– Bennett Cerf
I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners.
– Evelyn Waugh
Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
– Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Persian social manners are well known, and there is no other society that can compete with them.
– Moshe Katsav
The ministers of Christ should possess refinement. All uncouth manners, attitudes and gestures should be discarded, and they should encourage in themselves humble dignity of bearing.
– Ellen G. White
I believe that there’s a way to question authority with manners, with dignity. There’s no reason to be rude about it.
– Nicolas Cage