It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Manhood is melted into courtesies, valor into compliment, and men are only turned into tongue, and trim ones, too.
Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.
Manners are happy ways of doing things.
Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
Manners are love in a cool climate.
Manners are not idle, but the fruit. Of loyal nature and of noble mind.
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.
Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers.
Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love –now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such depth to the morning meadows.
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
Manners make the person.
Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.
Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
Nothing is more noble than politeness, and nothing more ridiculous than ceremony.
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.