An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Malcolm Bradbury (1932-, British author)


Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


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 (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


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


John Cassis


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


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


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


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


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.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


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 (1874-1936, British author)


A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


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


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Manners are love in a cool climate.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


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


Will Cuppy


Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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


David Eccles


Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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 (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The basis of good manners is self-reliance.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Teach your child to hold his tongue; he'll learn fast enough to speak.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones.


Ibn Gabirol


A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


A person will gain everyone's approval if he mixes the pleasant with the useful.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Politeness is the flower of humanity.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


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


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957, British author, painter)


If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


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 (1925-1964, American author)


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 (1873-1960, American hostess)


Treat your superior as a father, your equal as a brother, and your inferior as a son.


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


Better were it to be unborn than to be ill bred.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


What once were vices are manners now.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Manhood is melted into courtesies, valor into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones, too.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The only true source of politeness is consideration.


William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870, American author)


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


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


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 (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Manners are not idle, but the fruit of loyal nature, and of noble mind.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


The greater person is one of courtesy.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.


Author Unknown


Civility costs nothing.


Author Unknown


Manners are happy ways of doing things.


Author Unknown


Nothing is more noble than politeness, and nothing more ridiculous than ceremony.


Author Unknown


To be a successful hostess, when guest arrive say, "At last!" and when they leave say, "So soon!"


Author Unknown


Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.


Amy Vanderbilt (1908-1974, American hostess, author)


We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


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


John Wanamaker (1838-1922, American merchant)


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


Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966, British novelist)


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 (1787-1863, British prelate, writer)


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


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones.


Wendell L. Willkie (1892-1944, American businessman, presidential candidate)


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