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Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. ~Emily Post

Politeness is like an air-cushion—there may be nothing in it, but it wonderfully eases the joltings along the rough road of life. ~Attributed to H.W. Beecher

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable. ~Barry M. Goldwater and Jack Casserly, Goldwater

[W]hat is good behavior? A lying varnish spread upon a bit of wood to make it pass for a cane. ~Claude Tillier (1801–1844), My Uncle Benjamin: A Humorous, Satirical, and Philosophical Novel, 1843, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1890

Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them. ~Bill Kelly

Never be late. When you're late, what you're saying is that your time is more important than the other person's time. That's pretty egotistical. ~Alice Cooper, interview with Cal Fussman, 2008 August 2nd, for Esquire's January 2009 eighth annual Meaning of Life issue

Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts. ~Abel Stevens

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were. ~Author Unknown

The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones. ~Gabirol (Solomon ben Yehuda ibn Gabirol), The Choice of Pearls

Agreeableness is a magnifying glass to other qualities of character. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Be polite. Perhaps your family won't mind if you practice upon them. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Knocks Witty, Wise and —, 1905

Learn young about hard work and manners — and you'll be through the whole dirty mess and nicely dead again before you know it. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Whoever one is, and wherever one is, one is always in the wrong if one is rude. ~Maurice Baring

It is an unusual time when common civility is not merely good breeding but a statement of one's politics. ~Robert Brault, 2017,

I don't think you want too much sincerity in society. It would be like an iron girder in a house of cards. ~W. Somerset Maugham

Politeness is one-half good nature and the other half good lying. ~Mary Wilson Little, Reveries of a Paragrapher, 1897

Good manners and graciousness pave the way for future favors. Bad manners crumble the road. ~Terri Guillemets

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perhaps for some, rudeness is the fear of being nice. ~Terri Guillemets

Good manners: The noise you don't make when you're eating soup. ~Bennett Cerf

Don't take your blues into society. Society has blues enough of its own. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Bachelors and Old Maids, 1908

A man that should call everything by its right name would hardly pass the streets without being knocked down as a common enemy. ~Lord Halifax

There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy. ~E.V. Lucas

Visitors should behave in such a way that the host and hostess feel at home. ~J.S. Farynski

Outcomes rarely turn on grand gestures or the art of the deal, but on whether you've sent someone a thank-you note. ~Bernie Brillstein, The Little Stuff Matters Most

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice. ~Author unknown

Many who would not take the last cookie would take the last lifeboat. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting. ~French Proverb

When you want to get your way, simply try being mannerly. It's become so rare nowadays that it disarms people. It throws them off balance. Don't think of it as merely being nice; rather, consider it "civil" war. ~Joseph Kita, "What I Know" (How to Get What You Want), Wisdom of Our Fathers, 1999

Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

Life be not so short but that there is always time for courtesy. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. ~Eric Hoffer

Says the rude child: "No, I won't do it." Says the courteous grown-up: "Yes, I won't do it." ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

In those old days, the Nymph called Etiquette
(Appalling thought to dwell on) was not born....
Just as they pleased they dressed and drank and ate...
And danced unchaperoned, and laughed unchecked,
And were no doubt extremely incorrect.
~Charles Stuart Calverley, "Beer," Verses and Translations, 1862

Good manners can replace morals. It may be years before anyone knows if what you are doing is right. But if what you are doing is nice, it will be immediately evident. ~P.J. O'Rourke

Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels; you must have some of your own. ~John Wanamaker

What you discover about people you try not to offend is that you can offend them without trying. ~Robert Brault,

Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference. ~Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living: Diaries

Treat people as you would like to be treated. Karma's only a [b!#@%] if you are. ~Author Unknown

It's not a slam at you when people are rude — it's a slam at the people they've met before. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are. ~Author Unknown

Is man a savage at heart, skinned o'er with fragile Manners? Or is savagery but a faint taint in the natural man's gentility, which erupts now and again like pimples on an angel's arse? ~John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor, 1960

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners. ~Author Unknown

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