Judith Martin Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old judith martin quotes, judith martin sayings, and judith martin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.     

Judith Martin

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.     

Judith Martin

The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.     

Judith Martin

Manners require showing consideration of all human beings, not just the ones to whom one is close.     

Judith Martin

For email, the old postcard rule applies. Nobody else is supposed to read your postcards, but you'd be a fool if you wrote anything private on one.     

Judith Martin

We're now seeing email that people thought they had deleted showing up as evidence in court. You can't erase email. As that becomes more commonly realized, people will be a little wiser about what they type.     

Judith Martin

Etiquette is all human social behavior. If you're a hermit on a mountain, you don't have to worry about etiquette; if somebody comes up the mountain, then you've got a problem. It matters because we want to live in reasonably harmonious communities.     

Judith Martin

Etiquette is all human social behavior. If you're a hermit on a mountain, you don't have to worry about etiquette; if somebody comes up the mountain, then you've got a problem. It matters because we want to live in reasonably harmonious communities.     

Judith Martin

The obligation to express gratitude deepens with procrastination. The longer you wait, the more effusive must be the thanks.     

Judith Martin

Allowing an unimportant mistake to pass without comment is a wonderful social grace.     

Judith Martin

Fairness does not consist so much of everybody's doing the same thing, but of everybody's being willing to do something that others don't want to do.     

Judith Martin

Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers.     

Judith Martin

We are all entitled to our little harmless habits, but we are not entitled to demand approval for them.     

Judith Martin

There are always proper responses, even to rude questions.     

Judith Martin

We are all entitled to our little harmless habits, but we are not entitled to demand approval for them.     

Judith Martin

You should resolve not to seek public approval of your private business, when you are not also prepared to accept public disapproval.     

Judith Martin