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Emily Post Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield

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.
- Helen Rowland

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

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

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

Beware of a man with manners.
- Eudora Welty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is time to effect a revolution in female manners -
time to restore to them their lost dignity.
It is time to separate unchangeable morals from local manners.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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

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

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

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

The most important of all revolutions,
a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

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

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
- Horace Mann

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

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

I love everything that's old, - old friends,
old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
- Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

I describe not men, but manners; not an individual,
but a species.
- Henry Fielding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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