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Manners Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Manners

Please enjoy these Manners Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

You come before me this morning with clean hands and clean collars.
I want you to have clean tongues, clean manners,
clean morals and clean characters.
- John Burns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are three subjects on which the knowledge of
the medical profession in general is woefully weak;
they are manners,
morals, and medicine.
- Gerald F. Lieberman

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

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

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

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
- Horace Mann

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manners are love in a cool climate.
- Quentin Crisp

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


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