Selected Quotes about Etiquette

Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy. -- Ambrose Bierce

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness. -- Josh Billings

It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship. -- Colette

Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them. -- Benjamin Disraeli

That's the secret of entertaining. You make your guests feel welcome and at home. If you do that honestly, the rest takes care of itself. -- Barbara Hall

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. -- Eric Hoffer

We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners. -- George Bernard Shaw

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. -- Thomas Sowell

To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners. -- Lawrence Sterne

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. -- Clarence Thomas

If you aren’t going to say something directly to someone’s face, than don’t use online as an opportunity to say it. It is this sense of bravery that people get when they are anonymous that gives the blogosphere a bad reputation. -- Mena Trott

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

Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can't have two sets of manners, two social codes - one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people. -- Lillian Eichler Watson

Manners maketh man. -- William of Wykeham

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