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A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him.
~ Marcus T. Cicero

 

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A traveler of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

 

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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.
~ David Hume

 

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Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.
~ Anonymous

 

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Better were it to be unborn than to be ill bred.
~ Sir Walter Raleigh

 

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Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
~ Oliver Goldsmith

 

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Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
~ Lord Chesterfield

 

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Civility costs nothing.
~ Proverb

 

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

 

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Courtesy is the one coin you can never have too much of or be stingy with.
~ John Wanamaker

 

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Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
~ Will Cuppy

 

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

 

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Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
~ Amy Vanderbilt

 

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He is the very pineapple of politeness!
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 

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I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
~ James Russell Lowell

 

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If a man has good manners and is not afraid of other people he will get by, even if he is stupid.
~ David Eccles

 

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If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.
~ Alexander Maclaren

 

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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.
~ Thomas Jefferson

 

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It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.
~ John Henry Newman

 

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