Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.
The high point of civilization is that you can hate me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that allows us to deal with each other because if we acted solely upon our impulse we'd probably go to war.
Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.
Etiquette requires us to admire the human race.
Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.
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.
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.
Etiquette can be at the same time a means of approaching people and of staying clear of them.
Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.
Every one of us is an artist, and as an artist, you really can stroll into any venue that you want, as long as you take your time to learn the etiquette of that venue.
Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.
Etiquette has no regard for moral qualities.
When we lack etiquette, we trash things. We trash each other. We trash the environment. We lose sight of the value of things. We suffer alienation when our spirit is disconnected from our physical awareness.
Fashion exists for women with no taste, etiquette for people with no breeding.
In society it is etiquette for ladies to have the best chairs and get handed things. In the home the reverse is the case. This is why ladies are more sociable than gentlemen.
He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.
The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume.
The way the business things work in Russia is you have to meet people, you have to go through a certain amount of etiquette and business things are done just simply by a shake of the hand and whether they like you or not.
Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility.
I am a journalist in the field of etiquette. I try to find out what the most genteel people regularly do, what traditions they have discarded, what compromises they have made.
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