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MANNERS
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"What sort of a doctor is he?" "Well, I don't know much about his ability; but he's got a very good bedside manner."
      - Unattributed Author, Punch,
        accompanying a drawing by G. Du Maurier

Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

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

When will conventional good manners become attractive? When will ladies of fashion exhibit their shoulders a little less and their affability and wit a little more?
      - Honore de Balzac

Phone for the fish-knives, Norman
  As Cook is a little unnerved;
    You kiddies have crumpled the serviettes
      And I must have things daintily served.
      - John Betjeman, How to get on in Society

Nothing, except what flows from the heart, can render even external manners truly pleasing.
      - Hugh Blair

Serenity of manners is the zenith of beauty.
      - Fredrika Bremer

The distinguishing trait of people accustomed to good society is a calm, imperturbable quiet which pervades all their actions and habits, from the greatest to the least. They eat in quiet, move in quiet, live in quiet, and lose their wife, or even their money, in quiet; while low persons cannot take up either a spoon or an affront without making such an amazing noise about it.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

There is certainly something of exquisite kindness and thoughtful benevolence in that rarest of gifts,--fine breeding.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world, either to get a good name, or to supply the want of it.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

What a rare gift, by the by, is that of manners! how difficult to define, how much more difficult to impart! Better for a man to possess them than wealth, beauty, or talent; they will more than supply all.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in a great measure, the laws depend. The law touches us but here and there, and now and then. Manners, are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and color to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals; they supply them or they totally destroy them.
      - Edmund Burke

Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and colors to our lives. According to their quality they aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them.
      - Edmund Burke

He was the mildest manner'd man
  That ever scuttled ship or cut a throat.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 41)

Manners are stronger than laws.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Morals and manners will rise or decline with our attention to grammar.
      - Jason Chamberlain,
        in inaugural address at University of Vermont, 1811

A gentleman has ease without familiarity, is respectful without meanness; genteel without affectation, insinuating without seeming art.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

A man's fortune is frequently decided by his first address. If pleasing, others at once conclude he has merit; but if ungraceful, they decide against him.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Good breeding is the result of much good sense, some good nature, and a little self-denial for the sake of others, and with a view to obtain the same indulgence from them.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

I really think next to the consciousness of doing a good action, that of doing a civil one is the most pleasing; and the epithet which I should covet the most next to that of Aristides, would be that of well-bred.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Nothing sharpens the arrow of sarcasm so keenly as the courtesy that polishes it; no reproach is like that we clothe with a smile and present with a bow.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The manner of a vulgar man has freedom without ease, and the manner of a gentleman has ease without freedom.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world. Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn, nor shine, if it is not polished.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope,
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