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There is not any benefit so glorious in itself, but it may yet be exceedingly sweetened and improved by the manner of conferring it. The virtue rests in the intent; the profit in the judicious application of the matter; but the beauty and ornament of an obligation lies in the manner of it.

Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculous in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court.

To be always thinking about your manners is not the way to make them good; the very perfection of manners is not to think about yourself.

To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue.

Unbecoming forwardness oftener proceeds from ignorance than impudence.

Virtue itself offends when coupled with forbidding manners.

We are to carry manner from the hand to the heart, to improve a ceremonial nicety into a substantial duty and the modes of civility into the realities of religion.

We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.

We perhaps never detect how much of our social demeanor is made up of artificial airs, until we see a person who is at once beautiful and simple; without the beauty, we are apt to call simplicity awkwardness.

What a rare gift is that of manners! How difficult to define; how much more difficult to impart! - Better for a man to possess them, than to have wealth, beauty, or talent; they will more than supply all.

What better school for manners than the company of virtuous women; where the mutual endeavor to please must insensibly polish the mind, where the example of female softness and modesty must communicate itself to their admirers, and where the delicacy of the sex puts every one on his guard lest he give offence?

What once were vices are manners now.

Wisdom, valor, justice and learning cannot keep a man in countenance that is possessed of these excellences if he wants that inferior art of line and behavior called good breeding.

With virtue, capacity, and good conduct, one still can be insupportable. The manners, which are neglected as small things, are often those which decide men for or against you. A slight attention to them would have prevented their ill judgments.


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