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These are some of the best 'Manners' quotations and sayings.

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A company attitude is rarely anybody's best.

A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up to the air.

A man's fortune is frequently decided by his first address. If pleasing, others at once conclude he has merit; but if ungraceful, they decide against him.

A man's own good-breeding is the best security against other people's ill-manners. It carries along with it a dignity that is respected by the most petulant. Ill-breeding invites and authorizes the familiarity of the most timid. No man ever said a pert thing to the Duke of Marlborough. No man ever said a civil one to Sir Robert Walpole.

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

A man, whose great qualities want the ornament of exterior attractions, is like a naked mountain with mines of gold, which will be frequented only till the treasure is exhausted.

A well bred man is always sociable and complaisant.

Adorn yourself with all those graces and accomplishments which, without solidity, are frivolous; but without which, solidity is to a great degree useless.

Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened.

Among well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt of others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.

An imposing air should always be taken as an evidence of imposition. - Dignity is often a veil between us and the real truth of things.

Bad manners are a species of bad morals; a conscientious man will not offend in that way.

Better were it to be unborn than to be ill bred.

Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.

Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. It smooths distinction, sweetens conversation, and makes every one in the company pleased with himself. It produces good nature and mutual benevolence, encourages the timorous, soothes the turbulent, humanizes the fierce, and distinguishes a society of civilized persons from a confusion of savages.

Comport thyself in life as at a banquet. If a plate is offered thee, extend thy hand and take it moderately; if it is to be withdrawn, do not detain it. If it come not to thy side, make not thy desire loudly known, but wait patiently till it be offered thee.

Coolness, and absence of heat and haste, indicate fine qualities. A gentleman makes no noise; a lady is serene.

Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perceptions. Elegance comes of no breeding, but of birth.

Fine manners are a stronger bond than a beautiful face. The former binds; the latter only attracts.

Good breeding carries along with it a dignity that is respected by the most petulant. Ill breeding invites and authorizes the familiarity of the most timid.


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