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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Manners (64 Quotations)

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Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
~ Honore De Balzac

 

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The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.
~ Malcolm Bradbury

 

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Manners are of more importance than laws. 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

 

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It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
~ John Cassis

 

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A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercise; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

 

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A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
~ Marcus T. Cicero

 

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Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society.
~ Confucius

 

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Manners are love in a cool climate.
~ Quentin Crisp

 

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Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
~ Will Cuppy

 

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Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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If a man has good manners and is not afraid of other people he will get by, even if he is stupid.
~ David Eccles

 

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Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love --now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such depth to the morning meadows.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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The basis of good manners is self-reliance.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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