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Let thy carriage be friendly, but not foolishly free; an unwary openness causeth contempt, but a little reservedness, respect; and handsome courtesy, kindness.

Manner is everything with some people, and something with everybody.

Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.

Manners are minor morals.

Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in a great measure, the laws depend. The law can touch us here and there, now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and color to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them.

Manners are the shadows of virtues; the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect. If we strive to become, then, what we strive to appear, manners may often be rendered useful guides to the performance of our duties.

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.

Manners must adorn knowledge and smooth its way in the world; without them it is like a great rough diamond, very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but most prized when polished.

Men are like wine; not good before the lees of clownishness be settled.

Nature is the best posture-master.

No man is a true gentleman who does not inspire the affection and devotion of his servants.

Nothing is more reasonable and cheap than good manners.

Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.

Nothing, except what flows from the heart, can render even external manners truly pleasing.

Now as to politeness... I would venture to call it benevolence in trifles.

One may now know a man that never conversed in the world, by his excess of good breeding. A polite country esquire shall make you as many bows in half an hour, as would serve a courtier for a week.

Our manners and customs go for more in life than our qualities. - The price we pay for our civilization is the fine yet impassible differentiation of these.

Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing.

Prepare yourselves for the great world, as the athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do, as young people are too apt to think.

Pride, ill nature, and want of sense are the three great sources of ill manners; without some one of these defects, no man will behave himself ill for want of experience, or what, in the language of fools, is called knowing the world.


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