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

I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.
      - Margaret Mead

Virtue itself offends, when coupled with forbidding manners.
      - Thomas Middleton

A well-bred man is always sociable and complaisant.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue.
      - Hannah More

We call it only pretty Fanny's way.
      - Thomas Parnell, An Elegy to an Old Beauty

now as to politeness . . . I would venture to call it benevolence in trifles.
      - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
        Correspondence (I, 79)

Eye nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,
  And catch the manners, living as they rise;
    Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
      But vindicate the ways of God to man.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 13)

She must not swing her arms as though they were dangling ropes; she must not switch herself this way and that; she must not shout; and she must not, while wearing her bridal veil, smoke a cigarette.
      - Emily Post

Write injuries in dust,
  But kindnesses in marble.
    [Fr., Eerivez les injures sue le sable,
      Mais les bienfaits sur le marbre.]
      - Proverb, (French)

Better were it to be unborn than to be ill-bred.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

If fine manners are so admirable in men, how much more effective are they in women.
      - Madame Jeanne Francoise Julie Adelaide Recamier

Air and manners are more expressive than words.
      - Samuel Richardson

They ask Lucman, the fabulist, From whom did you learn manners? He answered: From the unmannerly.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

There is a nobility in the world of manners.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

A company attitude is rarely anybody's best.
      - Catharine Maria Sedgwick

Men make laws; women make manners.
      - Joseph Alexandre Pierre, Vicomte de Segur

The manner of saying or of doing anything goes a great way in the value of the thing itself. It was well said of him that called a good office that was done harshly, and with an ill-will, a stony piece of bread; it is necessary for him that is hungry to receive it, but it almost chokes a man in the going down.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

What once were vices, are now the manners of the day.
  [Lat., Quae fuerant vitia mores sunt.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XXXIX)

Defect of manners, want of government,
  Pride, haughtiness, opinion, and disdain;
    The least of which, haunting a nobleman,
      Loseth men's hearts, and leaves behind a stain
        Upon the beauty of all parts besides;
          Beguiling them of commendation.
      - William Shakespeare

Fit for the mountains and the barb'rous caves,
  Where manners ne'er were preach'd.
      - William Shakespeare

O place, O form, How often dost thou with thy case, thy habit,
  Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls
    To thy false seeming!
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II,iii)

Noble madam,
  Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
    We write in water.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii)

Ungracious wretch,
  Fit for the mountains and the barbarous caves,
    Where manners ne'er were preached!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Olivia at IV, i)

It is the manner which is better than all.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)


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