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Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.

Author: Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)

Profession: French Novelist

The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.

Author: Malcolm Bradbury (1932)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

Author: John Cassis


A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercise; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

Manners are love in a cool climate.

Author: Quentin Crisp (1908)

Profession: British Author

Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.

Author: Will Cuppy


Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

If a man has good manners and is not afraid of other people he will get by, even if he is stupid.

Author: David Eccles