A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
Among well bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt for 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.
Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.
Better were it to be unborn than to be ill bred.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
Civility costs nothing.
Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society.
Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
He is the very pineapple of politeness!
I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
If a man has good manners and is not afraid of other people he will get by, even if he is stupid.
If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.
In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.