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The society of women is the element of good manners.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.

- Martin Luther

The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.

- Bradbury, Malcolm

Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court.

- William Shakespeare

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.

- Swift, Jonathan

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.

- Goldsmith, Oliver

No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.

- Arendt, Hannah

The basis of good manners is self-reliance.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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.

- Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.

- Mann, Horace

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

- Lord Acton

When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.

- Rowland, Helen

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.

- Weil, Simone

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

- Beecher, Henry Ward

Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.

- Wanamaker, John

Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.

- Burke, Edmund

The man who is admired for the ingenuity of his larceny is almost always rediscovering some earlier form of fraud. The basic forms are all known, have all been practiced. The manners of capitalism improve. The morals may not.

- Galbraith, John Kenneth

Good manners and good morals are sworn friends and fast allies.

- C. A. Bartol

Manners are happy ways of doing things.


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

- James, Henry

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