|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|He was the mildest mannerd man|
That ever scuttled ship or cut a throat.
ByronDon Juan. Canto III. St. 41.
| Now as to politeness
I would venture to call it benevolence in trifles.|
Lord ChathamCorrespondence. I. 79.
| Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world. Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn, nor shine, if it is not polished.|
ChesterfieldLetters. July 1, 1748.
|A moral, sensible, and well-bred man|
Will not affront me, and no other can.
CowperConversation. L. 193.
| Nobody ought to have been able to resist her coaxing manner; and nobody had any business to try. Yet she never seemed to know it was her manner at all. That was the best of it.|
DickensMartin Chuzzlewit. Vol. II. Ch. XIV.
|Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.|
EmersonThe Conduct of Life. Behavior.
|Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.|
EmersonLetters and Social Aims.
| Das Betragen ist ein Spiegel in welchem jeder sein Bild zeigt.|
Behavior is a mirror in which every one shows his image.
GoetheDie Wahlverwandtschaften. II. 5. Aus Ottiliens Tagebuche.
|The mildest manners with the bravest mind.|
HomerIliad. Bk. XXIV. L. 963. Popes trans.
| He was so generally civil, that nobody thanked him for it.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. (1777).
|Ah, ah Sir Thomas, Honores mutant Mores.|
Manners (Lord Rutland). To Sir Thos. More.
Not so, in faith, but have a care lest we translate the proverb and say, Honours change Manners.
Answer of Sir Thos. More to Manners.
Margaret MoreDiary. October, 1524.
| My lords, we are vertebrate animals, we are mammalia! My learned friends manner would be intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.|
Maule. To the Court. On the Authority of Lord Coleridge.
|We call it only pretty Fannys way.|
Thomas ParnellAn Elegy to an Old Beauty. Compare Leigh Hunt Trans. of Dulces Amaryllidis Iræ.
|Eye natures walks, shoot folly as it flies,|
And catch the manners, living as they rise;
Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
But vindicate the ways of God to man.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. I. L. 13.
| What sort of a doctor is he? Well, I dont know much about his ability; but hes got a very good bedside manner.|
Punch, March 15, 1884, accompanying a drawing by G. Du Maurier.
|Quæ fuerant vitia mores sunt.|
What once were vices, are now the manners of the day.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XXXIX.
|Mens evil manners live in brass; their virtues|
We write in water.
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 46.
|Ecrivez les injures sur le sable,|
Mais les bienfaits sur le marbre.
Write injuries in dust,
But kindnesses in marble.
|Fit for the mountains and the barbrous caves,|
Where manners neer were preachd.
Twelfth Night. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 52.
|Her manners had not that repose|
Which stamps the caste of Vere de Vere.
TennysonLady Clara Vere de Vere. St. 5.
|Ut homo est, ita morem geras.|
Suit your manner to the man.
TerenceAdelphi. III. 3. 78.
|Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit.|
Obsequiousness begets friends; truth, hatred.
TerenceAndria. I. 1. 41.