The Sage was asked to define good manners? to which he replied, To bear patiently the rude ones. - Solomon ibn Gabirol
Manners maketh man. - William of Wykeham
Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.
Good company requires only birth, education, and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential; but a little learning is by no means a dangerous thing in good company; on the contrary, it will do very well. - Jane Austen
We should not allow ourselves to be deceived by our outward show of ‘civilized’ manners and ‘cultured’ social behavior into believing that self-concern, desirous attachment, aversion, and indifference are steadily losing their hold over us. - Stephen Batchelor
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.
Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them. - Bill Kelly
Your mood shouldn't dictate your manners. - Turcois Ominek
The society of women is the element of good manners. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything. - Evelyn Waugh
Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. - Martin Luther
For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them. - Sir Thomas More
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. - Bible
Take care of your manners as seriously as your money. - Amit Kalantri
No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders. - Samuel Adams
Good manners and good morals are sworn friends and fast allies.
Politeness is half good manners and half good lying. - Mary Wilson Little
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
To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners. - Lawrence Sterne
Mr. ***** is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends -- whether he may be equally capable of retaining them, is less certain. - Jane Austen
Her hair was dyed, and her bloom was fading, and she must have been crowding forty, but she seemed to be one of those women who cling to the manners and graces of a pretty child of eight. - John Cheever
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity. - Lord Acton
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them. - Amy Vanderbilt
Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners - Laurence Sterne
I am single because I am allergic for cursing words and bad table manners - Hiroko Sakai
Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful. - Charles Simmons
The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. - Socrates
The most part of all princes have more delight in warlike manners and feats of chivalry than in the good feats of peace. - Thomas More
Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court. - William Shakespeare
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. - Lord Chesterfield
Children are natural mimics; they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners.
Manners and politeness will never become old-fashioned. - Auliq Ice
The forms of manners which should be scrupulously observed are, invariably, those which contribute to the comfort, or dignity of others. - Josephine Ross
Just as evil communication and company corrupts good manners, good communication and company can correct bad manners - Chiolu Hope N.
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water. - William Shakespeare
It's the height of bad manners to sleep with somebody less than three times. - Mark Boxer
You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners. - Rita Mae Brown
It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more efficiently, but more pleasantly. This forms our manners, our opinions, our lives. - Edmund Burke
Higher emotions are what separate us from the lower orders of life... Higher emotions, and table manners.
History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. - James A. Forude
A mans manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In a company of children and grown-ups, the latter are those who should demonstrate good manners and always let the children speak first. - Zoran Stojkovski
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I was raised right — I talk about people behind their backs. It's called manners. - Kathy Griffin
Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. - John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Wealth of good manners is what no one can steal from you. You can keep it with you wherever you go. - Moazzam Shaikh
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
What once were vices are manners now. - Seneca
To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all. - Walt Whitman
It is the present living generation that gives character and spirit to the next. Hence the paramount importance of accomplished and energetic teachers in forming the taste the manners and the character of the coming age. - Alexander Campbell
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. - Clarence Thomas
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
Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.
I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted. - Og Mandino
Being popular doesn’t always win spiritual change. Christ didn’t pour out the coins of the moneychangers and overturn their tables with any degree of manners when he cleansed the temple. His harshness drew a point—to make people realize how much better they could become. - Shannon L. Alder
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. - Fred Astaire