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DECENCY
[ Also see Delicacy Modesty Morality Pornography Purity Refinement ]

Too great a display of delicacy can and does sometimes infringe upon de-cency.
      - Honore de Balzac

No law reaches it, but all right-minded people observe it.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Virtue and decency are so nearly related that it is difficult to separate them from each other but in our imagination.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The laws of decency enforce themselves.
      - Louise Colet (nee Revoil)

If once a woman breaks through the barriers of decency, her ease is desperate; and if she goes greater lengths than the men, and leaves the pale of propriety farther behind her, it is because she is aware that all return is prohibited, and by none so strongly as by her own sex.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Delicacy is the parent of decency.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Want of decency is want of sense.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

Decency is not defined, by statute, but the laws of instinct are stronger.
      - Charles Pineau Duclos

Decency renders all things tolerable.
      - Joseph Marie de Gerando

Caprice in women often infringes upon the rules of decency.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Decency is the least of all laws, yet the law which is most strictly observed.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Do not overestimate the decency of the human race.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Nothing is more heart-breaking than the demise of decency.
      - Guo Moruo

Decency is Indecency's conspiracy of silence.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

As beauty of body, with an agreeable carriage, pleases the eye, and that pleasure consists in that we observe all the parts with a certain elegance are proportioned to each other; so does decency of behavior which appears in our lives obtain the approbation of all with whom we converse, from the order, consistency, and moderation of our words and actions.
      - Sir Richard Steele

Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
      - Joseph Nye Welch

A woman without a degree of decency and delicacy is unsexed.
      - Charlotte Mary Yonge


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