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He who says what he likes shall hear what he does not like.
Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
Never speak of a man in his own presence. It is always indelicate, and may be offensive .
The opposite of talking is not listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
(Politeness is) a tacit agreement that people's miserable defects, whether moral or intellectual, shall on either side be ignored and not be made the subject of reproach.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
Politeness is good nature regulated by good sense.
If a man didn't make sense, the Scotch felt it was misplaced politeness to try to keep him from knowing it. Better that he be aware of his reputation, for this would encourage reticence which goes well with stupidity.
A man must have very eminent qualities to hold his own without being polite.
Ah, men do not know how much strength is in poise that he goes the farthest who goes far enough.
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.
It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be only to boil an egg. Manners are the happy ways of doing things.
There is not a single outward mark of courtesy that does not have a deep moral basis.
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world will let them.
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can stand a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
Chivalry is the most delicate form of contempt.
A true gentlemen is one who is never unintentionally rude.
Chivalry is a poor substitute for justice, if one cannot have both. Chivalry is something like the icing on cake, sweet, but not nourishing.
(A gentleman) is any man who wouldn't hit a woman with his hat on.
This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
A gentleman is mindful no less of the freedom of others than of his own dignity.
What is the test of good manners? Being able to bear patiently with bad ones.
The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four S's: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy, and Serenity.


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