Quotations on Manners

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Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Change, Eternity, Laws, Manners, Opinions)

She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Character, Clothes, Influence, Instinct, Magic, Manners, Worth)

The show is like an Edwardian play - emotional life gets stepped on for the sake of accepted manners, and that's terrific for actors to play in.
- Jason Alexander
(Keywords: Life, Actors, Manners, Play)

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
- Fred Astaire
(Keywords: Job, Kids, Learning, Manners, Today)

In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
- Enid Bagnold
(Keywords: Marriage, Wedding, Accusations, Criticism, Luxury, Manners, May)

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Hypocrisy, Manners, Nation)

The people were simpler, more peaceable and friendly in their manners and dispositions; and assassinations, which give the southern provinces so ill a reputation, were almost unknown.
- Henry Walter Bates
(Keywords: People, Manners, Reputation)

The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Revolution, Manners, Opinions)

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
(Keywords: Mankind, Manners, Morals)

I think sometimes people project things on you, but I'm trying to handle everything that's happened to me with a certain amount of grace, dignity and good manners. You just can't necessarily win all the time.
- Katie Couric
(Keywords: Time, People, Dignity, Grace, Manners, Project, Trying)

Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Time, Haste, Manners, Nothing)

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Keywords: Art, Knowledge, Virtue, Children, Concern, Manners, Parents)

Arles is certainly one of the most interesting towns I have ever seen, whether viewed as a place remarkable for the objects of antiquity it contains, or for the primitive manners of its inhabitants and its picturesque appearance.
- Marguerite Gardiner
(Keywords: Appearance, Manners, Remarkable)

I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
- Oliver Goldsmith
(Keywords: Love, Books, Friends, Manners, Old, Wine)

I learned everything from that show, so it's just a wonderful memory to me. A lot of people would be embarrassed to admit that they were on 'Barney', but I embrace the fact. I just had such a wonderful time doing that show... I learned what a camera and prop is, and all that. I learned my manners too, so I guess that's a good thing!
- Selena Gomez
(Keywords: Time, People, Fact, Manners, Memory)

Command that no one be received, or kept to be of your household indoors or without, if one has not reasonable belief of them that they are faithful, discreet, and painstaking in the office for which they are received, and withal honest and of good manners.
- Robert Grosseteste
(Keywords: Belief, Manners, Office)

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy
(Keywords: Argument, Custom, Manners, Morals, Poets)

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Keywords: Life, Society, Manners, May)

A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
- Henry James
(Keywords: Women, Man, Manners, Morals)

Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
- Joseph Joubert
(Keywords: Beauty, Feelings, Grace, Manners, Moderation, Spirituality)

Nations are equal in respect to each other, and entitled to claim equal consideration for their rights, whatever may be their relative dimensions or strength or however greatly they may differ in government, religion or manners.
- James Kent
(Keywords: Religion, Government, Strength, Consideration, Rights, Manners, May, Nations, Respect)

There are three subjects on which the knowledge of the medical profession in general is woefully weak; they are manners, morals, and medicine.
- Gerald F. Lieberman
(Keywords: Medical, Knowledge, Manners, Medicine, Morals, Profession)

Politeness is only one half good manners and the other half good lying.
- Mary Wilson Little
(Keywords: Lying, Manners, Politeness)

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.
- Mary Wilson Little
(Keywords: Lying, Manners, Politeness)

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(Keywords: Character, Excellence, Manners, Simplicity, Style)

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
- James Russell Lowell
(Keywords: Democracy, Manners, Mind, Weapons)

In a state therefore of great equality and virtue, where pure and simple manners prevailed, the increase of the human species would evidently be much greater than any increase that has been hitherto known.
- Thomas Malthus
(Keywords: Equality, Virtue, Manners, State)

Indeed, Miss Manners has come to believe that the basic political division in this country is not between liberals and conservatives but between those who believe that they should have a say in the love lives of strangers and those who do not.
- Judith Martin
(Keywords: Love, Country, Liberals, Manners, Strangers)

Yes, but also one of the problems for a novelist in Ireland is the fact that there are no formal manners. I mean some people have beautiful manners but there's no kind of agreed form of manners.
- John McGahern
(Keywords: People, Fact, Ireland, Manners, Problems)

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.
- Margaret Mead
(Keywords: People, Manners, Respect)

The decline of manners, the cynical pursuit without shame or restraint of personal advantage and of money characterizes our times, not without exceptions, of course, but more than we ought to be comfortable with.
- J. Irwin Miller
(Keywords: Money, Manners, Pursuit, Restraint, Shame)

Writers of novels and romance in general bring a double loss to their readers; robbing them of their time and money; representing men, manners, and things, that never have been, or are likely to be.
- Mary Wortley Montagu
(Keywords: Time, Men, Romance, Money, Loss, Manners, Writers)

Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.
- Roger Moore
(Keywords: Home, Love, Children, Classroom, Generosity, Manners, Parents, Will)

Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers.
- Flannery O'Connor
(Keywords: Losing, Manners, Will, Writers)

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
- George Orwell
(Keywords: Equality, Wealth, Revolution, Manners, Reform)

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child.
- Alexander Pope
(Keywords: Man, Manners, Simplicity, Wit)

For the standard of Christian life was to be strained to a higher pitch; more fasting was required, and more careful separation from the manners and enjoyments of the world; celibacy and martyrdom had great value set upon them, and second marriages were prohibited.
- Robert Rainy
(Keywords: Life, Christian, Celibacy, Manners, Separation, Value, World)

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
(Keywords: Heart, Manners, Want)

The transition state of manners and language cannot be too often insisted upon: for this affected the process at both ends, giving the artist in fictitious life an uncertain model to copy and unstable materials to work in.
- George Saintsbury
(Keywords: Life, Work, Artist, Giving, Language, Manners, State)

Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful.
- Charles Simmons
(Keywords: Habit, Attention, Duty, Energy, Fortune, Influence, Manners, Reputation, Usefulness, Will)

Be simple in words, manners, and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.
- Alfred E. Smith
(Keywords: Man, Manners, Words)

Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
- Sydney Smith
(Keywords: Love, Manners, Respect, Shadows)

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
(Keywords: Company, Example, Flattery, Manners, Nothing, Rest)

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
- Clarence Thomas
(Keywords: Education, Manners, Open, Will)

Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners.
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Keywords: Men, Society, Actions, First, Living, Manners, Nothing, Sight)

High rank and soft manners may not always belong to a true heart.
- Anthony Trollope
(Keywords: Heart, Manners, May, Rank)

Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go.
- Margaret Walker
(Keywords: Money, Friends, Manners, Will)

The progress of the American Revolution has been so rapid and such the alteration of manners, the blending of characters, and the new train of ideas that almost universally prevail, that the principles which animated to the noblest exertions have been nearly annihilated.
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Keywords: Progress, Ideas, American, Revolution, Manners, Principles)

Equality is the public recognition, effectively expressed in institutions and manners, of the principle that an equal degree of attention is due to the needs of all human beings.
- Simone Weil
(Keywords: Equality, Attention, Manners, Needs, Public)

At any rate, girls are differently situated. Having no need of deep scientific knowledge, their education is confined more to the ordinary things of the world, the study of the fine arts, and of the manners and dispositions of people.
- William John Wills
(Keywords: Education, People, Knowledge, Deep, Girls, Manners, Study, World)



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