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Emily Post Quotes

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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

To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule.
- Emily Post

Nothing is less important than which fork you use.
Etiquette is the science of living.
It embraces everything.
It is ethics.
It is honor.
- Emily Post

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought,
and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe,
an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.
- Emily Post

 

To the old saying that man built the house but woman
made of it a 'home' might be added the modern supplement
that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a recreation.
- Emily Post

Good manners sometimes means simply
putting up with other people's bad manners.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

With manners comes insincerity.
Truth is sometimes difficult.
- Bono

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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

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

Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go.
- Margaret Walker

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

A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else.
The same with good manners.
- Mignon McLaughlin

I have always been of the mind that in a democracy
manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
- James Russell Lowell

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own,
and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy

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

You learn, just as you learn good manners,
how to approach things with a certain amount of diplomacy.
- Robert MacNeil

I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being
oversensitive about table manners.
- Evelyn Waugh

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild;
In Wit a man; Simplicity,
a child.
- Alexander Pope

Politeness is only one half good manners and the other half good lying.
- Mary Wilson Little

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

On the Continent people have good food;
in England people have good table manners.
- George Mikes

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them
indistinguishable from rudeness.
- Paul Theroux

No advance in wealth, no softening of manners,
no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
- George Orwell

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

I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces,
for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.
- Og Mandino

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

We were taught manners and we had to do our chores -
Katie and I grew up as normal kids.
- Oliver Hudson

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.
- Mary Wilson Little

High rank and soft manners may not always belong to a true heart.
- Anthony Trollope

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
- Horace Mann

It strikes me as bad manners for a magazine to accept
one of my advertisements and then attack it editorially -
like inviting a man to dinner then spitting in his eye.
- David Ogilvy

Men and women must be educated, in a great degree,
by the opinions and manners of the society they live in.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Simplicity in character, in manners,
in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Manners are like the shadows of virtues,
they are the momentary display of those qualities which
our fellow creatures love and respect.
- Sydney Smith

Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup.
- Bennett Cerf

To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good;
the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.
- Richard Whately

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

Good manners are appreciated as much as bad manners are abhorred.
- Bryant H. McGill

Evil communication corrupts good manners.
I hope to live to hear that good communication corrects bad manners.
- Benjamin Banneker

Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for
the alien who comes among us.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
- Rita Mae Brown

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

To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad
manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.
- Walt Whitman

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

Prithee don't screw your wit beyond the compass of good manners.
- Colley Cibber

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
- Honore de Balzac

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

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse.
Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
- Jonathan Swift

Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall,
but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.
- Lord Acton

You lose your manners when you are poor.
- Lillian Hellman

Liberty cannot be preserved, if the manners of the people are corrupted.
- Algernon Sidney

A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners.
For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
- Henry James

Wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners.
- Loretta Young

He combines the manners of a Marquis with the morals of a Methodist.
- William Gilbert

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
- Clarence Thomas

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

I differ materially from Capt.
Lewis, in my account of the numbers,
manners,
and morals of the Sioux.
- Zebulon Pike

Beware of a man with manners.
- Eudora Welty

Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man.
- Richard Whately

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

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

Respect for ourselves guides our morals,
respect for others guides our manners.
- Laurence Sterne

Taste is more to do with manners than appearances.
Taste is both myth and reality; it is not a style.
- Stephen Bayley

Bedside manners are no substitute for the right diagnosis.
- Alfred P. Sloan

Persian social manners are well known,
and there is no other society that can compete with them.
- Moshe Katsav

To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all.
- Randall Jarrell

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts,
keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make
them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
- Aleister Crowley

You can get through life with bad manners,
but it's easier with good manners.
- Lillian Gish

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
- Fred Astaire


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