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Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society.

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours.
The purpose of polite behavior is never virtuous. Deceit, surrender, and concealment: these are not virtues. The goal of the mannerly is comfort, per se.
It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.
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 must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.
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.
The basis of good manners is self-reliance.
Teach your child to hold his tongue; he'll learn fast enough to speak.
Nothing is more noble than politeness, and nothing more ridiculous than ceremony.
Manners are not idle, but the fruit. Of loyal nature and of noble mind.
Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
The English are polite by telling lies. The Americans are polite by telling the truth.
A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
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.
Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
Manners are love in a cool climate.
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.
If a man has good manners and is not afraid of other people he will get by, even if he is stupid.
Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art.
Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
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.
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.
Politeness is the flower of humanity.
Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
It is more comfortable for me, in the long run, to be rude than polite.
I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.

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