Etiquette Sayings and Quotes

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

Etiquette can be at the same time a means of approaching people and of staying clear of them.     

David Riesman

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.     

Thomas Sowell

Politeness is the chief sign of culture.     

Baltasar Gracian

Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness.     

Dorothy Parker

Etiquette is what you are doing and saying when people are looking and listening. What you are thinking is your business.     

Virginia Cary Hudson

Good manners and kindness are always in fashion.     


Good manners is just being respectful of others. Whether you know them or not, you should show respect for all people.     

John Patrick Hickey

Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts.     

Abel Stevens

Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience.     

Theodore Roosevelt

Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them.     

Bill Kelly

Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.     

Will Cuppy

Politeness is something you owe other people, because when you show a little courtesy, everything becomes easier and better. But first and foremost, it's something you owe yourself.     

Anne Holm

There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world either to get a good name, or to supply the want of it.     

Edward Bulwer Lytton

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

To learn etiquette, is actually learning how to see others, and respect them.     

Yixing Zhang

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.     


Etiquette requires us to admire the human race.     

Mark Twain

Good manners are ageless, priceless and classless.     

Diana Mather

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you not because they are nice, but because you are.     


Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Etiquette a fancy word for simple kindness.     

Elsa Maxwell

Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind.     

Julia Ward Howe

He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.     

Walter Benjamin