Manners Quotes

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Morals are three-quarters manners.


Manners are love in a cool climate.
Learn politeness from the impolite.
— African proverb

African proverbs proverbs

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
Manners are the happy way of doing things.
When God sneezed, I didn't know what to say.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
It is much easier to be a hero than a gentleman.


Manners make the fortune of the ambitious youth.
Nothing is less important than which fork you use.
Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.

human nature

The lie is the basic building block of good manners.


What once were vices, are now the manners of the day.


Manners and morals are twin shoots from the same root.


Good manners spring from just one thing—kind impulses.
He who says what he likes, hears what he does not like.
Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
Etiquette is getting sleepy in company and not showing it.
Never drink from your finger-bowl – it contains only water.
Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

gift Giving

Politeness is the art of selecting among one's real thoughts.
Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way in the world.
A gentleman is a man who uses a butter knife when dining alone.
Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.


The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.


You can get through life with bad manners, but it's easier with good manners.
Every generation is convinced there has been a deplorable breakdown of manners.
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.

New York City

Manners are especially the need of the plain.  The pretty can get away with anything.


Protocol is etiquette with a government expense account, and is not to be sneered at.
The essence of good manners consists in making it clear that one has no wish to hurt.
Good manners are the technique of expressing consideration for the feelings of others.
The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness.
Spiritual strength and passion, when accompanied by bad manners, only provoke loathing.
All the education young people receive will be in vain if they do not learn good manners.
Manners are of more importance than laws.  Upon them, in a great measure, the laws depend.
Etiquette can be at the same time a means of approaching people and of staying clear of them.
To be agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you already know.
It would be a swell world if everybody was as pleasant as the fellow who's trying to skin you.
There is nothing settled in manners, but the laws of behavior yield to the energy of the individual.
To have a respect for ourselves guides our morals; to have a deference for others governs our manners.


Good general-purpose manners nowadays may be said to consist in knowing how much you can get away with.
He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.
We are born charming, frank, and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
Charming villains have always had a decided social advantage over well-meaning people who chew with their mouths open.


A general rule of etiquette is that one apologizes for the unfortunate occurrence, but the unthinkable is unmentionable.
It is not ill-bred to adopt a high manner with the great and the powerful, but it is vulgar to lord it over humble people.
Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love,--now repeated and hardened into usage.
Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.


The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment.
Good manners are a combination of intelligence, education, taste, and style mixed together so that you don't need any of those things.
I don't mind if you don't like my manners.  I don't like them myself.  They're pretty bad.  I grieve over them on long winter evenings.
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.
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.
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.
Good manners—the longer I live the more convinced I am of it—are a priceless insurance against failure and loneliness. And anyone can have them.
It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.


Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse,  Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy, is the best bred in the company.
Under bad manners, as under graver faults, lies very commonly an overestimate of our special individuality, as distinguished from our generic humanity.
Manners are like the zero in arithmetic; they may not be much in themselves, but they are capable of adding a great deal to the value of everything else.
If "tact consists in knowing what not to say," etiquette consists in knowing what not to do in the direction of manifesting our impulsives likes and dislikes.
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.


Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette.  There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin.
Etiquette is about all of human social behavior. Behavior is regulated by law when etiquette breaks down or when the stakes are high—violations of life, limb, property and so on. Barring that, etiquette is a little social contract we make that we will restrain some of our more provocative impulses in return for living more or less harmoniously in a community.