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Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

What once were vices are manners now.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

Politeness is the flower of humanity.

Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.

The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.


We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.

Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

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 (1729-1797) British political writer.

Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.