99+ Best Manners Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Manners are ways of behaving toward people, esp. ways that are socially correct and show respect for their comfort and their feelings. Profoundly inspirational manners quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Manners Quotes

Persian social manners are well known, and there is no other society that can compete with them. — Moshe Katsav

Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his MAKING friends–whether he may be equally capable of RETAINING them, is less certain. — Jane Austen

I never let my politics supersede my manners. — Darren Criss

Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours. — Benjamin Franklin

Manners are how you show how you’re going to relate to someone else. — Deborah Durham

Manners are not idle, but the fruit. Of loyal nature and of noble mind. — Lord Alfred Tennyson

True politeness consists in being easy one’s self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can. — Alexander Pope

What is Americanization? It manifests itself, in a superficial way, when the immigrant adopts the clothes, the manners and the customs generally prevailing here. Far more important is the manifestation presented when he substitutes for his mother tongue the English language as the common medium of speech. — Louis D. Brandeis

I have no small talk and Peel has no manners. — Duke of Wellington

Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

The news media is so quick to pick up tragic stories of imperiled children that it seems like there are more terrible events today than ever before – when in fact it’s quite the opposite. It is, in all manners possible to calculate, the safest time in the history of civilization to be a kid. — Gever Tulley

A man’s own manner and character is what most becomes him. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Wearing the correct dress for any occasion is a matter of good manners. — Loretta Young

Good manners require space and time. — Alphonse de Lamartine

Etiquette can be at the same time a means of approaching people and of staying clear of them. — David Riesman

Nations are equal in respect to each other, and entitled to claim equal consideration for their rights, whatever may be their relative dimensions or strength or however greatly they may differ in government, religion or manners — James Kent

You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners. — Lillian Gish

When people ask me about what I learned from martial arts, I don’t talk about favorite punches or kicks, or about fights won or lost. I talk about learning self-discipline, about ethics and manners and benevolence and fairness. — Jonathan Maberry

My grandparents were far more English in their manners than they were Chinese. For example, we spoke English at home, had afternoon tea every day, and my grandfather, who attended university in Scotland, would smoke his pipe after dinner. — Kevin Kwan

Bedside manners are no substitute for the right diagnosis. — Alfred P. Sloan

Politeness is only one half good manners and the other half good lying. — Mary Wilson Little

I grew up in South Carolina. I have been taught in the ways of southern hospitality. Residents that enter my business will always be treated with outstanding manners and cleanliness. I take each customer and tattoo seriously — this is how I support my family. — Chip Taylor

I have no use for people who exhibit manners. — Amy Vanderbilt

Kansas is a state of the Union, but it is also a state of mind, a neurotic condition, a psychological phase, a symptom, indeed, something undreamed of in your philosophy, an inferiority complex against the tricks and manners of plutocracy — social, political and economic. — E. B. White

To Americans, English manners are far more frightening than none at all. — Randall Jarrell

Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercise; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do. — Lord Chesterfield

Treat your superior as a father, your equal as a brother, and your inferior as a son. — Persian Proverb

New Yorkers, in general, love disaster. They love blizzards, power failures, etc. (I don’t mean that they loved September 11.) A shared disaster brings them together more – ethnically, racially – because the disaster affects almost all of them, making no distinctions. Their manners are generally very good indeed. And their generosity can be without limits. — Pete Hamill

Speech and debate are not just a stylistic skill. I so whole heartily believe that kids, by the time they graduate, need to be able to get up in front of a group and say something meaningful. That translates into all courses and all manners of life. — Emily Campbell

He combines the manners of a Marquis with the morals of a Methodist. — William Gilbert

I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me. — Jane Austen

For you cannot have gentility without paying for it. — E. M. Forster

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

You lose your manners when you are poor — Lillian Hellman

But my manners also came from when I was in college and began participating in critiques. You have to speak with someone respectfully about their work and be honest and open, without hurting them. — Tim Gunn

Behavior is the theory of manners practically applied. — Bill Vaughan

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts. — Madame de Stael

The man who practises unselfishness, who is genuinely interested in the welfare of others, who feels it a privilege to have the power to do a fellow-creature a kindness – even though polished manners and a gracious presence may be absent – will be an elevating influence wherever he goes. — Orison Swett Marden

Well, I’m from the South originally. I grew up in South Carolina definitely learning about manners and being proper and having to go to cotillions. — Anna Camp

Wouldn’t it be a helluva joke if all this were really burnt cork and you people were being tolerant for nuthin’? — Dick Gregory

You learn, just as you learn good manners, how to approach things with a certain amount of diplomacy. — Robert MacNeil

Most coaches’ contracts have termination provisions, both with and without cause. In the ‘without cause’ situation, there’s an amount the coach is entitled to under contract. That can be clear, or it can be interpreted in different manners — and what’s clear to us is not clear to (Cincinnati), and they say vice versa. — Richard Katz

To disagree, one doesn’t have to be disagreeable. — Barry Goldwater

And now, gentlemen, like your manners, I must leave you. — Dylan Thomas

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

Parents are realizing that manners could become extinct, and they have to get on the ball and do something about it, … Manners are not in the genes; they are not inherited. They must be taught and learned. — David Boyd

Ever the characteristic manners of cowardice. — Edward Everett

There is no rest for the person who has envy, and there is no love for the person who has bad manners. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

He was not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing. — Jane Austen

For the standard of Christian life was to be strained to a higher pitch; more fasting was required, and more careful separation from the manners and enjoyments of the world; celibacy and martyrdom had great value set upon them, and second marriages were prohibited. — Robert Rainy

I lived in a world where social arrangements were taken for granted and assumed to be timeless. A child’s obligation was to learn these usages, not to question them. The complexities of racial deportment were of a piece with learning manners and etiquette more generally. — Drew Gilpin Faust

Good manners are a sign of strength. — Dick Francis

Well may they boast themselves an ancient Nation; For they were bred e’er manners were in fashion — John Dryden

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying. — Mary Wilson Little

I think the thing I miss most in our age is our manners. It sounds so old-fashioned in a way. But even bad people had good manners in the old days, and manners hold a community together, and manners hold a family together; in a way, they hold the world together. — Nancy Friday

Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far. — Jean Cocteau

In the period before the arrival of Mrs. Thatcher, politics had been in such low esteem. Everything was so hedged, so mealy-mouthed. Then along came this woman who seemed to have no manners at all and said exactly what she thought. Everyone’s eyes were popping and their jaws were dropping, and I really enjoyed that. — Tom Stoppard

Formalized rules of manners were so great because they left no room for basic human haplessness. They allowed us to circumvent our natural boorish tendency to disregard the feelings of others. — Lynn Coady

I wish there were some way we could check the DNA on some of these SOBs that are allowed to come to games and show bad manners and throw stuff at Duke’s team — a class coach and a class team. Why is it that we find that all over the country, not only in college, but in pros? You ought to be able to check the DNA of an idiot, and do something about it, so you’ll not be able to see it again. — John Chaney

My daughter is a very girly girl and this is the kind of thing she’d like to do anyways. Now I feel much more confident when I send her to a friend’s house — I don’t have to worry whether she’s going to behave or not. Reinforcing her manners from a third party really made an impact on her. — Angela Cummings

After all, eating is natural, but we don’t all have good table manners. — Kate Fox

I learned everything from that show, so it’s just a wonderful memory to me. A lot of people would be embarrassed to admit that they were on ‘Barney’, but I embrace the fact. I just had such a wonderful time doing that show… I learned what a camera and prop is, and all that. I learned my manners too, so I guess that’s a good thing! — Selena Gomez

I would define morality as enlightened self-interest…That old Platonic ideal that there are certain pure moral forms just isn’t where we are. — Andrew Young

Let’s face it: professing a deep interest in movies, the absolutely dominant global art form of the last century, is at this point like professing an interest in air. Passion is nice. Erudition is admirable. But it’s like that moment when good manners cross over into meaningless etiquette. — David Rakoff

I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted. — Og Mandino

Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners is nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices. — Ann Landers

Please don’t think me negligent or rude. I am both, in effect, of course, but please don’t think me either. — Edna St. Vincent Millay

An ivory-faced and silvery-haired old woman opened the door. She had an evil face, smoothed by hypocrisy; but her manners were excellent. — Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

Some people are so methodical that that is all they are or ever will be. — B. C. Forbes

I grew up in the Midwest, so I have sort of an honorable moral code. But I moved to a city and joined a sort of fast crowd. A lot of people who grew up in the city sort of aren’t aware of manners and other ways of life and ‘common decency.’ — Derek Blasberg

The greater man the greater courtesy. — Alfred Lord Tennyson

I remember my father, who was ‘somebody’ in the synagogue, bringing home with him one of the poor men who waited outside to be chosen to share the Passover meal. These patriarchal manners I remember well, although there was about them an air of bourgeois benevolence which was somewhat comic. — Jacob Epstein

I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species. — Henry Fielding

Where modesty’s ill manners, ’tis but fitThat impudence and malice pass for wit. — William Congreve

Oh, but I think that thoughtfulness and manners are everything. — Diana Vreeland

Contraries are cured by contraries. — Bill Vaughan

This is a society that puts a great stress on etiquette, manners and performing roles. Even in the midst of a terrible disaster, it’s still expected that you perform your role. — E. O. Wilson

The test of good manners is to be able to put up pleasantly with bad ones. — Wendell Willkie

High rank and soft manners may not always belong to a true heart. — Anthony Trollope

The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness. — Paul Theroux

The mysteries of creation are marvelous. When two persons meet at any time or place, the differences between them are patent. Their forms and manners differ. They differ in their cleverness and intelligence. Their opinions also vary. Without understanding what underlies these differences, the materialist thinker emphasizes the differences. Today, a growing number of intellectuals, ignoring the unity that underlies the diversity, propagate the cult of differences. The good persons who realize the unity behind the apparent diversity are dwindling in numbers from day to day. This is highly unfortunate. — Sathya Baba

He seems to recognize people. His manners are always intact. He is very gracious when people come to see him. He is his same self in a lot of ways. He just doesn’t always remember. — E. Helm

The mother must set the example in holding out the shrine as the heart of the house hold! She must enforce discipline over the children in personal cleanliness in humility and hospitality, in good manners and acts of service. — Sathya Baba

I admire people with gentle manners who treat other people as human beings. — David Ogilvy

They’re really a terrific bunch of kids, and their manners are immaculate. They realize they’re not just representing themselves, they’re representing their country. — Rod Miskell

Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man. — Richard Whately

I have always thought you could take the measure of a man by his sports manners – that is to say, the way in which he conducts himself on the playing field, or even over a game of chess or cards. — Graydon Carter

Oh Tigger, where are your manners? I don’t know, but I bet they’re having more fun than I am. — A. A. Milne

To offend is my pleasure; I love to be hated. — Edmond Rostand

A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals. — Henry James

Adam and Eve are like imaginary number, like the square root of minus one… If you include it in your equation, you can calculate all manners of things, which cannot be imagined without it. — Philip Pullman

Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society. — Alexander McCall Smith

There is no nobility with bad manners. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Laws are always unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation; and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people. — Alexis de Tocqueville

In my book, all manners are is thinking of somebody else. — Penelope Keith

rudeness to Mrs. Dosely was like dropping a pat of butter on to a hot plate – it slid and melted away. — Elizabeth Bowen

Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within. — Jean de la Bruyere

We looked on the hopheads, crooks and gunsels and on their bawdy ladies as members of a family among whom we were privileged to move. There was no caste system, moral or social, in our manners. — Ben Hecht

I love cabdrivers. I love their unpredictable manners. I love the pictures of their families on the visors. I love the fact that most of them think I’m Martha Stewart. — Diane Sawyer

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