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REFINEMENT
[ Also see Civility Civilization Cultivation Decency Delicacy Elegance Etiquette Good Breeding Modesty Politeness Sensibility Taste Vulgarity ]

That alone can be called true refinement which elevates the soul of man, purifying the manners by improving the intellect.
      - Hosea Ballou

Refinement is the lifting of one's self upwards from the merely sensual; the effort of the soul to etherealize the common wants and uses of life.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God's refinement.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

That only can with propriety be styled refinement which, by strengthening the intellect, purifies the manners.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No improvement that takes place in either sex can possibly be confined to itself. Each is a universal mirror to each, and the respective refinement of the one will always be in reciprocal proportion to the polish of the other.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Far better, and more cheerfully, I could dispense with some part of the downright necessaries of life, than with certain circumstances of elegance and propriety in the daily habits of using them.
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater")

Among all the accomplishments of life none are so important as refinement; it is not, like beauty, a gift of Nature, and can only be acquired by cultivation and practice.
      - James Ellis

True delicacy, as true generosity, is more wounded by an offence from itself--if I may be allowed the expression--than to itself.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Refinement creates beauty everywhere. It is the grossness of the spectator that discovers anything like grossness in the object.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

To refine and polish is a part of our work in this world.
      - Joel Tyler Headley

If refined sense, and exalted sense, be not so useful as common sense, their rarity, their novelty, and the nobleness of their objects, make some compensation, and render them the admiration of mankind.
      - David Hume

It is in refinement and elegance that the civilized man differs from the savage.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Refinement is superior to beauty.
      - Constantine Lascaris

A woman must be truly refined to incite chivalry in the heart of a man.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Ages of ignorance and simplicity are thought to be ages of purity. But the direct contrary I believe to be the case. Rude periods have that grossness of manners, which is as unfriendly to virtue as luxury itself. Men are less ashamed as they are less polished.
      - Thomas Warton, the Younger

The expressive word "quiet" defines the dress, manners, bow, and even physiognomy of every true denizen of St. James and Bond street.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Refinement is just as much a Christian grace in a man as in a woman; but he is not such a hateful, unsexed creature without it as a woman is.
      - Charlotte Mary Yonge

Refinement is the delicate aroma of Christianity.
      - Charlotte Mary Yonge


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