Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.

— Emily Post

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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.

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Good manners reflect something from inside-an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.

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Nothing is less important than which fork you use.

Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.

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If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don't nurse your bruises.

Get up, and light-heartedly, courageously, good-temperedly, get ready for the next encounter.

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To make a pleasant and friendly impression is not alone good manners, but equally good business.

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The honor of a gentleman demands the inviolability of his word, and the incorruptibility of his principles. He is the descendent of the knight, the crusader; he is the defender of the defenseless and the champion of justice--or he is not a gentleman.

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Nothing appeals to children more than justice, and they should be taught in the nursery to "play fair" in games, to respect each other's property and rights, to give credit to others, and not to take too much credit to themselves.

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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.

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The natural impulses of every thoroughbred include his sense of honor;

his love of fair play and courage; his dislike of pretense and of cheapness.

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"Keep your hands to yourself!" might almost be put at the head of the first chapter of every book on etiquette.

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Houses without personality are a series of walled enclosures with furniture standing around in them. Other houses are filled with things of little intrinsic value, even with much that is shabby and yet they have that inviting atmosphere.

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Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.

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About Emily Post

Quotes 64 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

The joy of joys is the person of light but unmalicious humor.

If you know any one who is gay, beguiling and amusing, you will, if you are wise, do everything you can to make him prefer your house and your table to any other; for where he is, the successful party is also.

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An overdose of praise is like 10 lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it.

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The fact that slang is apt and forceful makes its use irresistibly tempting.

Coarse or profane slang is beside the mark, but "flivver," "taxi," the "movies," "deadly" (meaning dull), "feeling fit," "feeling blue," "grafter," a "fake," "grouch," "hunch" and "right o!" are typical of words that it would make our spoken language stilted to exclude.

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Any child can be taught to be beautifully behaved with no effort greater than quiet patience and perseverance, whereas to break bad habits once they are acquired is a Herculean task.

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Custom is a mutable thing; yet we readily recognize the permanence of certain social values. Graciousness and courtesy are never old-fashioned.

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Jealousy is the suspicion of one's own inferiority.

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A gentleman should never take his hat off with a flourish.

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To be a good sportsman, one must be a stoic and never show rancor in defeat, or triumph in victory, or irritation, no matter what annoyance is encountered. One who can not help sulking, or explaining, or protesting when the loser, or exulting when the winner, has no right to take part in games or contests.

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Excepting a religious ceremonial, there is no occasion where greater dignity of manner is required of ladies and gentlemen both, than in occupying a box at the opera. For a gentleman especially no other etiquette is so exacting.

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Never take more than your share - whether of the road in driving your car, of chairs on a boat or seats on a train, or food at the table.

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The letter we all love to receive is one that carries so much of the writer’s personality that she seems to be sitting beside us, looking at us directly and talking just as she really would, could she have come on a magic carpet, instead of sending her proxy in ink-made characters on mere paper.

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The only occasion when the traditions of courtesy permit a hostess to help herself before a woman guest is when she has reason to believe the food is poisoned.

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Bread is like dressed, hats and shoes -- in other words, essential!

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Courtesy demands that you, when you are a guest, shall show neither annoyance nor disappointment--no matter what happens.

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In popular houses where visitors like to go again and again, there is always a happy combination of some attention on the part of the hostess and the perfect freedom of the guests to occupy their time as they choose.

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Unconsciousness of self is not so much unselfishness as it is the mental ability to extinguish all thought of one's self - exactly as one turns out the light.

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The eleventh commandment, "Thou shalt not be found out" is despicable, but nevertheless, it is the one thing you can never get away from.

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To the old saying that man built the house but woman made of it a 'home' might be added the modern supplement that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a recreation.

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

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Etiquette requires the presumption of good until the contrary is proved.

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Training a child is exactly like training a puppy;

a little heedless inattention and it is out of hand immediately; the great thing is not to let it acquire bad habits that must afterward be broken.

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The good guest is almost invisible, enjoying him or herself, communing with fellow guests, and, most of all, enjoying the generous hospitality of the hosts.

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Golf is a particularly severe strain upon the amiability of the average person's temper, and in no other game, except bridge, is serenity of disposition so essential.

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No rule of etiquette is of less importance than which fork we use.

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To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule.

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Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.

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Never so long as you live, write a letter to a man - no matter who he is - that you would be ashamed to see in a newspaper above your signature.

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To tell a lie in cowardice, to tell a lie for gain, or to avoid deserved punishment--are all the blackest of black lies.

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The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four S's: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy, and Serenity.

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The joy of joys is the person of light but unmalicious humor.

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Children are all more or less little monkeys in that they imitate everything they see. If their mother treats them exactly as she does her visitors they in turn play "visitor" to perfection. Nothing hurts the feelings of children more than not being allowed to behave like grown persons when they think they are able.

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It is impossible for a hatless woman to be chic.

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Never say "Au revoir" unless you have been talking French, or are speaking to a French person.

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Elbows are never put on the table while one is eating.

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Whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette.

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A gentleman does not boast about his junk.

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Alas! it is true: "Be polite to bores and so shall you have bores always round about you."

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