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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #66 --- Manners

Updated on May 15, 2011

Quotations on Manners

Both religion and good manners belong to the art of living. In the rush and hurry of modern life we are losing a god deal in this noblest of the arts. Freedom is being abused. In public we are a bad-mannered people. In our speech we are rough and abrupt. We are careless of the rights of others. If religion is concerned with life it should be particularly expressed in the common courtesies of life.

Good manners mean more than conventional forms and formulas which bring people easily, helpfully and comfortably together. They mean a just regard for the rights of others. In an age of commerce, of efficiency and “pep” we need all the more the lubricating influence of good manners.

—Minot Simons, New York Times, New York, N.Y., June 8, 1925.

Oftentimes our manner proclaims whether we are refined, cultured citizens or whether we are rude barbarians. Courtesy should extend to the tone of voice in which we address one, and to the smile upon our face or the expression of our features.

—Willis A. Sutton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 2, 1933.

Graciousness is a personality trait which can be acquired by all people. Contrary to the view that many folk seem to have, graciousness is not weakness. It is a very strong characteristic. We are being gracious when we show grace, kindness, mercy and politeness in our interactions with others. Graciousness helps create and maintain a wholesome atmosphere in which the best of human expression and acceptance will be found. It should be present in the home, in church, the school, the community, the market place, and wherever people associate with each other.

Cultivation of gracious mannerisms is one of the best sources of life enrichment and self-appreciation. Inspiration has given us this admonition: “Let your speech always be gracious.” Of course, we know that graciousness is not limited to our manner of speech. We must be gracious in our thoughts, and in all physical expressions of our thought patterns. Graciousness makes life better for us, and for all who may come in contact with us.

—Bob Wear, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, July 28, 1956.

Good manners–courtesy and kindness–put limitations on the freedom of the tongue in the interest of peace and happiness. We all know too well those terrible people who spread discord and ugliness through life, under the false sense of moral obligation to say all they think in the interest of truth.

—M. Ashby Jones, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 30, 1941.

Bad manners close many a door that hard work cannot open.

Bad manners are stumbling blocks in the path of opportunity.

Bad manners are usually the result of indifference.

Bad manners cost more customers than bad merchandise.

Bad manners constitute a handicap that even cleverness cannot overcome.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, 1930.

When you add good morals to good manners you have the true gentleman.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Oct. 6, 1937.

Good manners are made up of small acts of courtesy.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 24, 1938.

Good manners are composed of kindness and forethought.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 24, 1938.

Good manners are an evidence that a man has a strong sense of decency.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Nov. 24, 1938.

Good manners are the key that unlocks the most sullen doors.

Good manners are the spirit of kindliness in action.

Good manners are the most dependable marks of a true gentleman.

Good manners are the first requisites of the truly great.

Good manners are the heritage every child's entitled to.

Good manners are the sum of many small sacrifices.

Good manners are the first intimation of the divinity of humanity.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 1, 1942.

There can be no right manners without right motives.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 16, 1908.

Good manners adorn good motives.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., July 18, 1909.

Good manners are the clothes worn by good morals.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 28, 1909.

Good manners are simple–just do everything as if you had to put up with yourself.

—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Aug. 5, 1969.

It’s hard for children to learn good manners without being shown some samples.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 12, 1952.

True politeness springs from the heart and requires often a sacrifice of our comforts and conveniences. Where the spirit is loving, humble and teachable, there we find the material from which good manners are formed. ... The grand secret is to cultivate the heart and the affections, not to let the energies stagnate and the heart to grow cold, then the manners will be colored accordingly and we will not see apathy and frigidity taking the place of more genuine qualities in ourselves and others. Friendship would then spring up where it is now rarely found, and add another blessing to the many by which we are surrounded. Let us bear in mind the importance of cultivating our hearts and minds, that in all things we may be worthy the name of Saints of the Most High; and our manners be the index of that moral and intellectual training which is necessary to maintain a perfect equilibrium in the balance of high intellectual attainment and advantages.

—Hannah T. King, Woman’s Exponent, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 1, 1877.

Manners in their true sense mean genuine courtesy, consideration of others, unselfishness, and to be most effective they must be practiced unconsciously, appearing in all as natural as life. ... It is the small courtesies that add to life its sweetness and charm. It is not enough to be merely polite; children should see graciousness as well in the manners of those about them. ... Try the effect of extreme courtesy in your own conduct. ...

When children are urged to be polite and thoughtful, the primary motive should be the simply one–because it is right; secondly–because it makes others happy and comfortable as well as themselves; and, lastly–that only through the exercise of true courtesy can they win love, friendship and success. ...

We should never be so busy that we lose the consideration and respect for the rights of others that are the basis of all good manners. Self-poise, self-possession, dignity and reserve, these are the attributes of the true gentleman and gentlewoman. Carried to their last analysis, good manners are the golden rule put into practice, and he who does unto others as he would have them do unto him, must needs be courteous and able to bear without abuse “the grand old name of gentleman.”

—Reed Smoot, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 1904.

Sincerity is the highest quality of good manners. People sometimes study etiquette, but this is only a substitute for good manners and often nothing more than a counterfeit. The best manners imply real nobility of mind, tolerance, understanding and sympathy. The possessor of good manners will refrain from hurting or offending another, will seek to set others at their ease and give them pleasure. It is simply extending the courtesy and graciousness to others that it is a pleasure to have extended to one’s self. ... The person is dull and unappreciative who does not admire good manners in others. A pleasing manner compensates for many other defects of nature. ... Good manners are the oil which makes the machinery of society run smoothly. The good that lies within the heart of a man or woman is less good when it is abrupt, rude, ill-timed, or ill-placed. Beauty of life and character, as in art, has few sharp angles. It pays to be gentlemanly, kind, obliging and conciliatory. To be rude, selfish, harsh and insolent evidences want of appreciation of the beauty and goodness in human life.

Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 23, 1926.

Some people seem to gain nothing from observation and experience except bad manners.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 28, 1934.

The people who are all wrapped up in themselves are apt to have the most chilly manners.

Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, May 18, 1924.

Good manners are the oil that greases the wheels of life.

New York Times, New York, N.Y., March 12, 1905.


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