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.
You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
Fit for the mountains and the barb'rous caves, Where manners ne'er were preach'd.
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues We write in water.
Manners with fortunes, humors turn with climes, Tenets with books, and principles with times.
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.
Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self opinionated thinkers.
If we think we regulate printing, thereby to rectfy manners, we must regulate all regulations and pastimes, all that is delightful to man.
We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Manners maketh man.
Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.
The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.
For if you suffer your people to be ill educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thi