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CEREMONY
[ Also see Court Courtiers Elegance Etiquette Honor Manners Ostentation Royalty Simplicity Society ]

There are ceremonious bows that repel one like a cudgel.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Ceremonies are the outworks of manners.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Ceremony is all backbone.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Forms and regularity of proceeding, if they are not justice, partake much of the nature of justice, which, in its highest sense, is the spirit of distributive order.
      - Augustus William Hare

If we use no ceremony towards others, we shall be treated without any. People are soon tired of paying trifling attentions to those who receive them with coldness, and return them with neglect.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Truth and ceremony are two things.
      - Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus)

Names are changed more readily than doctrines, and doctrines more readily than ceremonies.
      - Thomas Love Peacock,
        The Misfortunes of Elphin

Candlesticks and incense not being portable into the maintop, the sailor perceives these decorations to be, on the whole, inessential to a maintop mass. Sails must be set and cables bent, be it never so strict a saint's day; and it is found that no harm comes of it. Absolution on a lee-shore must be had of the breakers, it appears, if at all; and they give plenary and brief without listening to confession.
      - John Ruskin

Ceremony keeps up things: 'tis like a penny glass to a rich spirit, or some excellent water; without it the water were spilt, and the spirit lost.
      - John Selden

Ceremony keeps up all things. 'Tis like a penny glass to a rich spirit, or some excellent water. Without it the water were spilt, the spirit lost.
      - John Selden, Table Talk

Ceremony was but devis'd at first
  To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
    Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown.
      - William Shakespeare

What art thou, thou idol ceremony?
  What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
    Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?
      - William Shakespeare

When love begins to sicken and decay it useth an enforced ceremony.
      - William Shakespeare

Ever note, Lucilius,
  When love begins to sicken and decay
    It useth an enforced ceremony.
      There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
        But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
          Make gallant show and promise of their mettle;
            But when they should endure the bloody spur,
              They fall their crests, and like deceitful jades
                Sink in the trial.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at IV, ii)

To feed were best at home;
  From thence, the sauce is meat to ceremony:
    Meeting were bare without it.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Lady Macbeth at III, iv)

And what art thou, thou idol Ceremony?
  What kind of god art thou, that suffer'st more
    Of mortal griefs than do thy worshippers?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i)

O Ceremony, show me but thy worth?
  What is thy soul of adoration?
    Art thou aught else but place, degree, and form,
      Creating awe and fear in other men?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i)

What infinite heart's-ease
  Must kings neglect that private men enjoy!
    And what have kings that privates have not too,
      Save ceremony, save general ceremony?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (King Henry at IV, i)

Nay, my lords, ceremony was but devised at first
  To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
    Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown;
      But where there is true friendship, there needs none.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at I, ii)

As ceremony is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance, so good breeding is an expedient to make fools and wise men equal.
      - Sir Richard Steele


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