Top 150 Manners Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Manners Quotes from famous people such as William Gilbert, Richard V. Allen, Henry Walter Bates, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Isaac Hanson, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

He combines the manners of a Marquis with the morals of

He combines the manners of a Marquis with the morals of a Methodist.
William Gilbert
We who have been born and nurtured on this soil, we, whose habits, manners, and customs are the same in common with other Americans, can never consent to – be the bearers of the redress offered by that Society to that much afflicted.
Richard V. Allen
The people were simpler, more peaceable and friendly in their manners and dispositions; and assassinations, which give the southern provinces so ill a reputation, were almost unknown.
Henry Walter Bates
Thank goodness I was brought up with the grounding of my parents, and taught manners.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Don’t misunderstand good manners for passivity.
Isaac Hanson
The greater the controversy, the more you need manners.
Judith Martin
When going out on a date, I think there are certain old-fashioned manners that I still enjoy. I don’t mean that as an anti-feminist comment. I just mean it as a pro-women comment. There must be a place for us to exist and our differences to exist without one taking away from the other.
Rachael Stirling
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
Grace is in garments, in movements, in manners; beauty in the nude, and in forms. This is true of bodies; but when we speak of feelings, beauty is in their spirituality, and grace in their moderation.
Joseph Joubert
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
Thomas Hardy
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
In marriage there are no manners to keep up, and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism. Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again. We are not ridiculous to ourselves. We are ageless. That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
Enid Bagnold
Nothing is so great an example of bad manners as flattery. If you flatter all the company, you please none; If you flatter only one or two, you offend the rest.
Jonathan Swift
That survival instinct, that will to live, that need to get back to life again, is more powerful than any consideration of taste, decency, politeness, manners, civility. Anything. It’s such a powerful force.
Danny Boyle
She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
Louisa May Alcott
Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
Emily Post
Manners make the world work. They’re not only based on kindness but also efficiency. When people know what to do, the world is smoother. When no one knows what to do, it’s chaos.
Letitia Baldrige
Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
Arthur Ashe
I don’t ever knock anybody; that’s bad manners.
Letitia Baldrige
It strikes me as bad manners for a magazine to accept one of my advertisements and then attack it editorially – like inviting a man to dinner then spitting in his eye.
David Ogilvy
There’s a thing that happens to Midwesterners – we spend a lot of time talking about having a different set of rules about manners. I don’t know about ethics, but certainly about manners, what you would say and what you wouldn’t say. And that is not very East coast.
Theresa Rebeck
The progress of the American Revolution has been so rapid and such the alteration of manners, the blending of characters, and the new train of ideas that almost universally prevail, that the principles which animated to the noblest exertions have been nearly annihilated.
Mercy Otis Warren
I think being able to teach your children manners and to be respectful is one thing that you can do regardless to what class you come from or what religious belief you have.
Jo Frost
The adult is the enemy of the child because of the awful process of civilizing this thing that, when it is born, is an animal with no manners, no moral sense at all.
Roald Dahl
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
Fred Astaire
Sometimes you need to step away from the game. I’ve had to do that in different manners in my career.
Diana Taurasi
A man who pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
Henry James
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
Good manners: The noise you don’t make when you’re eating soup.
Bennett Cerf
This man, although he appeared so humble and embarrassed in his air and manners, and passed so unheeded, had inspired me with such a feeling of horror by the unearthly paleness of his countenance, from which I could not avert my eyes, that I was unable longer to endure it.
Adelbert von Chamisso
I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don’t agree with or like.
Margaret Mead
I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for

I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.
Og Mandino
Lack of etiquette and manners is a huge turn off. Men who don’t behave decently are irritating. Also, I don’t like guys who show off. When will guys realize that girls hate showoffs!
Shraddha Kapoor
It doesn’t change the way I am, but I do totally understand how you’re looked at as a footballer, especially by children. I don’t claim I can shape their lives, but there’s no harm in having good manners and being seen to play the game properly.
Joe Hart
If analysis shows that someone’s brilliant work fails again and again as soon as cooperation from others is required, it probably indicates a lack of courtesy – that is, a lack of manners.
Peter Drucker
The Masters is a sell-out annually, and even the scalpers mind their manners.
Dan Jenkins
If I’m receiving an email from a stranger, I usually like it to be properly thoughtful and explanatory, and not just hitting someone up for a casual favor out of the blue who you’ve never met before. I really believe in manners.
Caroline Polachek
No advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimeter nearer.
George Orwell
We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.
Laurence Sterne
Taste is more to do with manners than appearances. Taste is both myth and reality; it is not a style.
Stephen Bayley
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
Amy Vanderbilt
My Southern heritage is a big part of who I am. I grew up around people who seemed like characters but are actual, real people. My grandmother made sure I had manners and all that stuff.
Fortune Feimster
My manners, abominable at times, can be sweet.
Jack Kerouac
Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
War is a form of really bad manners, in a strange way. Invading a country I think is just the worst possible manners. ‘You’re not invited!’ Gate crashing on a large scale!
Graydon Carter
It’s not polite to refuse to dress for a parly. It’s an insult to your hostess. After all, correct dress is a part of good manners.
Elsa Schiaparelli
I don’t like people’s table manners. That really puts you off eating food.
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
Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred in the room.
Jonathan Swift
One of the few things I like about Bill Clinton is that he has very good manners. If his momma were still alive, I would congratulate her.
Molly Ivins
Manners are nothing more than thinking about somebody else.
Letitia Baldrige
My father John taught me about hard work and the importance of manners.
Fiona Bruce
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
Amy Vanderbilt
Adam and Eve are like imaginary numbers, 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
Fashion for my mother was about asserting and demonstrating you had aesthetics, tastes, sensibility, manners, beauty – qualities that black people were always trying to prove they possessed, because it was often assumed that we didn’t.
Margo Jefferson
Christianity has basically communicated to men that the reason God put you on this Earth is to be a good boy. Mind your manners, be a nice guy. That’s soul killing!
John Eldredge
You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners.
Lillian Gish
I wanted to do something in the style of a comedy of manners.
Amy Heckerling
Civility is not simply about manners.
Jim Leach
I find it upsetting to see the erosion of manners. It’s very scary. Where are the ‘pleases’ and ‘thank yous?’
Julian Lennon
In some ways I’m quite strict – in terms of morality, honesty, things like that. And manners.
Sheila Hancock