Manners Quotes

A man who pretends to understand women is ad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.

Henry James

Morals and manners will rise or decline with our attention to grammar.

Jason Chamberlain

Serenity of manners is the zenith of beauty.

Fredrika Bremer

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

Hugh Blair

There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good manners can replace morals. It may be years before anyone knows if what you are doing is right. But if what you are doing is nice, it will be immediately evident.

P.J. O'Rourke

Learn young about hard work and manners - and you'll be through the whole dirty mess and nicely dead again before you know it.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones.


The basis of good manners is self-reliance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.

Benjamin Disraeli

Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go.

Margaret Walker

Manners are of more importance than laws... 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.

Edmund Burke

The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones

Wendell L. Willkie

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.

Evelyn Waugh

To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself

Richard Whately

You can get through life with bad manners, but it's easier with good manners.

Lillian Gish

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

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

Robert A. Heinlein

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.

Emily Post

Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.

Stanley Walker

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.

Henry Ward Beecher

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation

Honore de Balzac

My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul

William Shakespeare

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