Manners make a man. [ Proverb ]
Honours change manners.
Dress changes the manners. [ Voltaire ]
Ill manners produce good laws. [ Proverb ]
Men make laws; women make manners. [ De Segur ]
Manners and money make a gentleman. [ Proverb ]
Different times, different manners. [ Italian Proverb ]
Good manners are part of good morals. [ Whately ]
Manners and learning make a gentleman. [ Proverb ]
From bad manners good laws have sprung. [ Coke ]
Ceremonies are the outworks of manners. [ Chesterfield ]
Bad manners are a species of bad morals. [ C. N. Bovee ]
Evil communications corrupt good manners. [ Proverb ]
Good advice may be given, but manners not. [ Turkish Proverb ]
There is a certain physiognomy in manners. [ Joseph Cook ]
The love of praise
Fills life with fine amenities. Not all
Who live have pleasant tempers, and not all
The gift of gracious manners, or the love
Of nobler motive higher meed than praise. [ J. G. Holland ]
Her air, her manners, all who saw admired;
Courteous though coy, gentle though retired. [ Crabbe ]
Eye Nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,
And catch the manners living as they rise. [ Pope ]
Good manners give integrity a bleeze,
When native virtues join the arts to please. [ Allan Ramsay ]
Curiosity is ill manners in another's house. [ Proverb ]
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. [ Emerson ]
See what money can do: that can change
Men's manners; alter their conditions!
How tempestuous the slaves are without it!
O thou powerful metal! what authority
Is in thee! thou art the key to all mens
Mouths: with thee, a man may lock up the jaws
Of an informer; and without thee, he
Cannot open the lips of a lawyer. [ Richard Brome ]
Ever the characteristic manners of cowardice. [ Edward Everett ]
Sympathy of manners makes conjunction of minds. [ Proverb ]
Manners with fortunes, humors turn with climes,
Tenets with books and principles with times. [ Pope ]
Virtue itself without good manners, is laughed at. [ Proverb ]
Books follow manners; manners do not follow books. [ T. Gautier ]
More elegant manners expelled this offensive style. [ Horace ]
The society of woman is the element of good manners. [ Goethe ]
Behavior is the theory of manners practically applied. [ Mme. Necker ]
The best manners are stained by the addition of pride. [ Claudian ]
The Alphabet Of Success
Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]
You have good manners, but never carry them about you . [ Proverb ]
Every man's fortune is shaped for him by his own manners. [ Corn. Nep ]
Imitation forms our manners, our opinions, our very lives. [ John Weiss ]
Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners. [ Bible ]
Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perception. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Nothing is so great an instance of ill-manners as flattery. [ Swift ]
Manners require time, as nothing is more vulgar than haste. [ Emerson ]
The man strives after freedom, the woman after good manners. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Ladies will rather pardon want of sense than want of manners. [ Proverb ]
Politeness has left our manners, to take refuge in our clothes. [ Mme. de Bassanville ]
Manners carry the world for the moment, character for all time. [ A. Bronson Alcott ]
Literary friendship is a sympathy not of manners, but of feelings. [ Isaac Disraeli ]
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water. [ Shakespeare ]
Manners, morals, customs change: the passions are always the same. [ Mme. de Flahaut ]
To be instructed in the arts softens the manners and makes men gentle. [ Ovid ]
The society of women endangers men's morals and refines their manners. [ Montesquieu ]
Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its peculiar manners. [ Boileau ]
Sculpture and painting have an effect to teach us manners and abolish hurry. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
It is very seldom that a great talker hath either discretion or good manners. [ Proverb ]
If you had as little money as manners, you would be the poorest of all your kin. [ Proverb ]
Grace is in garments, in movements, and manners; beauty in the nude and in forms. [ Joubert ]
A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners. [ Lord Chesterfield ]
Perhaps propriety is as near a word as any to denote the manners of the gentleman. [ Hazlitt ]
Manners are the hypocrisies of nations: the hypocrisies are more or less perfected. [ Balzac ]
The height of power in women, so far as manners are concerned, rests in tranquillity. [ Mme. de Maintenon ]
A poor man who aspires to ape the manners and habits of the rich, is sure to be ruined. [ Phaedrus ]
I love everything that's old, - old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. [ Goldsmith ]
The child takes most of his nature of the mother, besides speech, manners, and inclination. [ Herbert Spencer ]
Manners are the happy ways of doing things.
If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops, which give such a depth to the morning meadow. [ Emerson ]
Cottages have them (falsehood and dissimulation) as well as courts, only with worse manners. [ Lord Chesterfield ]
Infants' manners are moulded more by the example of parents than by stars at their nativities. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Simplicity in character, in manners, in style: in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity. [ Longfellow ]
As soon as a woman begins to dress
loud, her manners and conversation partake of the same element. [ Haliburton ]
We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them. [ Emerson ]
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. Temperance, courage, love, are made up of the same jewels. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
To have a respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners. [ Sterne ]
It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught as men take diseases, one of another. [ William Shakespeare ]
The error of certain women is to imagine that, to acquire distinction, they must imitate the manners of men. [ J. de Maistre ]
That only can with propriety be styled refinement which, by strengthening the intellect, purifies the manners. [ Coleridge ]
Learning the liberal arts and sciences thoroughly, softens men's manners, and prevents their being a pack of brutes. [ Ovid ]
Truth, justice and reason, lose all their force and all their lustre when they are not accompanied by agreeable manners. [ James Thomson ]
That alone can be called true refinement which elevates the soul of man, purifying the manners by improving the intellect. [ Hosea Ballou ]
No girl who is well bred, kind, and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want of manners or of heart. [ John Ruskin ]
It is absurd to say that there are neither ruins nor curiosities in America when they have their mothers and their manners. [ Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance ]
If the calumniator bespatters and belies me, I will endeavor to convince him by my life and manners, but not by being like him. [ South ]
Friends are often chosen for similitude of manners, and therefore each palliates the other's failings because they are his own. [ Dr. Johnson ]
Persons of fine manners make behaviour the first sign of force,--behaviour, and not performance, or talent, or, much less, wealth. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
The expressive word
quiet defines the dress, manners, bow, and even physiognomy of every true denizen of St. James and Bond street. [ N. P. Willis ]
I would recommend the learned imitator to study closely his model in life and manners, and thence to draw his expressions to the life. [ Horace ]
A similitude of nature and manners in such a degree as we are capable of, must tie the holy knot, and rivet the friendship between us. [ F. Atterbury ]
Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners; she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. [ Luther ]
That immense majority, the fools, who made the laws that regulate the manners of the world, very naturally made them for their own benefit.
The pride of the heart is the attribute of honest men; pride of manners is that of fools; the pride of birth and rank is often the pride of dupes. [ Duclos ]
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company. [ Swift ]
Justness of thought and style, refinement in manners, good-breeding and politeness of every kind, can come only from the trial and experience of what is best. [ Duncan ]
The great business of a man is to improve his mind and govern his manners; all other projects and pursuits, whether in our power to compass or not, are only amusements. [ Pliny ]
Hypocrisy of manners, a vice peculiar to modern nations, has contributed more than one thinks to destroy that energy of character which distinguished the nations of antiquity. [ Condorcet ]
Genius invents fine manners, which the baron and the baroness copy very fast, and, by the advantage of a palace, better the instruction. They stereotype the lesson they have learned into a mode. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners: beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation. [ Joubert ]
Have you known how to compose your manners? You have done a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to take repose? You have done more than he who has taken cities and empires. [ Montaigne ]
If as much care were taken to perpetuate a race of fine men as is done to prevent the mixture of ignoble blood in horses and dogs, the genealogy of every one would be written on his face and displayed in his manners. [ Voltaire ]
What does competency in the long run mean? It means to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving. [ Whipple ]
Have you known how to compose your manners, you have achieved a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to attain repose, you have achieved more than he who has taken cities and subdued empires. [ Montaigne ]
Out of the fictitious book I get the expression of the life, of the times, of the manners, of the merriment, of the dress, the pleasure, the laughter, the ridicules of society. The old times live again. Can the heaviest historian do more for me? [ Thackeray ]
Ages of ignorance and simplicity are thought to be ages of purity. But the direct contrary I believe to be the case. Rude periods have that grossness of manners, which is as unfriendly to virtue as luxury itself. Men are less ashamed as they are less polished. [ Warton ]
In dreams we are true poets; we create the persons of the drama; we give them appropriate figures, faces, costumes; they are perfect in their organs, attitudes, manners; moreover they speak after their own characters, not ours; and we listen with surprise to what they say. [ Emerson ]
The eye observes only what the mind, the heart, and the imagination are gifted to see: and sight must be reinforced by insight before souls can be discerned as well as manners, ideas as well as objects, realities and relations as well as appearances and accidental connections. [ Whipple ]
Civilized society feels that manners are of more importance than morals, and the highest respectability is of less value than the possession of a good chef. Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for cold entrees, nor an irreproachable private life for a bad dinner and poor wines. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]
Nowadays enthusiasm is accounted folly; truth, cynicism; dissimulation, self-control; stiffness of manners, dignity; deception, cleverness; hypocrisy, decency; selfishness, economy; freedom of thought, effrontery; and superstition, the prop of human morals. What progress in language!
We all originally came from the woods! it is hard to eradicate from any of us the old taste for the tattoo and the war-paint; and the moment that money gets into our pockets, it somehow or another breaks out in ornaments on our person, without always giving refinement to our manners. [ Whipple ]
Nature, when she amused herself by giving stiff manners to old maids, put virtue in a very bad light. A woman must have been a mother to preserve under the chilling influences of time that grace of manner and sweetness of temper, which prompt us to say,
One sees that love has dwelt there. [ Lemontey ]
Nor do we accept as genuine the person not characterized by this blushing bashfulness, this youthfulness of heart, this sensibility to the sentiment of suavity and self-respect. Modesty is bred of self-reverence. Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without this ornament. [ Alcott ]
Writers of novels and romances in general bring a double loss on their readers, - they rob them both of their time and money; representing men, manners and things that never have been, nor are likely to be; either confounding or perverting history and truth, inflating the mind, or committing violence upon the understanding. [ Mary Wortley Montagu ]
Music has certainly a powerful influence on the passions, and produces happy effects upon the human heart and mind when cultivated moderately; but when it becomes the general prevailing passion of a nation, or, as it were, gets dominion over them, it unquestionably produces not effeminacy merely, but a hateful depravity of manners. [ S. F. Bradford ]
Society is infected with rude, cynical, restless, and frivolous persons who prey upon the rest, and whom no public opinion concentrated into good manners, forms accepted by the sense of all, can reach; the contradictors and railers at public and private tables, who are like terriers, who conceive it the duty of a dog of honor to growl at any passer-by, and do the honors of the house by barking him out of sight. [ Emerson ]
I have very often lamented and hinted my sorrow, in several speculations, that the art of painting is made so little use of to the improvement of manners. When we consider that it places the action of the person represented in the most agreeable aspect imaginable, - that it does not only express the passion or concern as it sits upon him who is drawn, but has under those features the height of the painter's imagination, - what strong images of virtue and humanity might we not expect would be instilled into the mind from the labors of the pencil! [ Steele ]
Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gesture or quick movement inspires involuntary disrespect. One looks for a moment at a cascade; but one sits for hours, lost in thought, and gazing upon the still water of a lake. A deliberate gale, gentle manners, and a gracious tone of voice - all of which may be acquired - give a mediocre man an immense advantage over those vastly superior to him. To be bodily tranquil, to speak little, and to digest without effort are absolutely necessary to grandeur of mind or of presence, or to proper development of genius. [ Balzac ]
All things are engaged in writing their history. The planet, the pebble, goes attended by its shadow. The rolling rock leaves its scratches on the mountain; the river, its channel in the soil; the animal, its bones in the stratum; the fern and leaf, their modest epitaph in the coal. The falling drop makes its sculpture in the sand or the stone. Not a foot steps into the snow or along the ground, but prints, in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. Every act of the man inscribes itself in the memories of its fellows, and in his own manners and face. The air is full of sounds, the sky of tokens, the ground is all memoranda and signatures, and every object covered over with hints which speak to the intelligent. [ Emerson ]