Etiquette quotes and quotations
O form! how oft dost thou with thy case, thy habit, wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls to thy false seeming!
Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can't have two sets of manners, two social codes - one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people.
Lillian Eichler Watson
Etiquette has no regard for moral qualities.
Douglas William Jerrold
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
Trifles themselves are elegant in him.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
A finished person is a boring person.
We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners.
George Bernard Shaw
Etiquette is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance.
Sir Richard Steele
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners.
A man may with more impunity be guilty of an actual breach, either of real good breeding or good morals, than appear ignorant of the most minute points of fashionable etiquette.
Sir Walter Scott
Etiquette is the ceremonial code of polite life, more voluminous and minute in each portion of society according to its rank.
John Ramsay McCulloch
Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.
Starch makes the gentleman, etiquette the lady.
George Bryan Brummell
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.
Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.
That's the secret of entertaining. You make your guests feel welcome and at home. If you do that honestly, the rest takes care of itself.
We show wisdom by a decent conformity to social etiquette; it is excess of neatness or display that creates dandyism in men, and coquetry in women.
Manners maketh man.
William of Wykeham
What are these wondrous civilizing arts, this Roman polish, and this smooth behavior that render man thus tractable and tame?
Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.