Manners Sayings and Quotes

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


A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Manners are very communicable: men catch them from each other.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them.     

Emily Post

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.     

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

Bill Kelly

Manners that would keep you starving are no manners worth respecting.     

Scott Lynch

Manners are the ornament of action.     

Samuel Smiles

Manners without sincerity, is called polite society.     

Josh Stern

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

Judith Martin

Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers.     

Flannery O'Connor

Manners are like primary colors, there are certain rules and once you have these you merely mix, i.e., adapt, them to meet changing situations.     

Emily Post

Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.     

Sydney Smith

Good manners are appreciated as much as bad manners are abhorred.     

Bryant McGill

Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.     

Amy Vanderbilt

Manners are about imagination, ultimately. They are about imagining being the other person.     

Lynne Truss

Good manners can render even virtue tolerable.     

Mason Cooley

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners are the ability to put someone else at their ease by turning any answer into another question.     

Tina Brown

Manners will become important to children only if they are important to their parents.     

Thomas Lickona

Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints.     

Henry David Thoreau

Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.     

Evelyn Waugh

Good manners is the fabric that holds the community together.     

David Esabwa

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

John Patrick Hickey

Manners come down to a single principle, talk of nothing that might actually prove interesting.     

Meredith Duran

Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society.     

Alexander Mccall Smith

Manners, really good ones, make it possible to live with almost anyone, gracefully and pleasantly     

Margaret Mead

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.     

Horace Mann

Bedside manners are no substitute for the right diagnosis.     

Alfred P. Sloan