quote by Walter Scott

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.

— Walter Scott

Genuine Decorum quotations

At the point when continuity was interrupted by the first nuclear explosion, it would have been too easy to recover the formal sediment which linked us with an age of poetic decorum, of a preoccupation with poetic sounds.

Temperance keeps the senses clear and unembarrassed, and makes them seize the object with more keenness and satisfaction. It appears with life in the face, and decorum in the person; it gives you the command of your head, and secures your health, and preserves you in a condition for business.

Writing an upbeat aphorism is a temptation, but decorum forbids.

The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure.

It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks.


Presidents should do whatever possible and practical to encourage an environment of cooperation and bipartisanship. And they should maintain a certain level of decorum, diplomacy and decency. But, at the end of the day, presidents get elected to enact change.

The old Lie:Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.

Necessity dispenseth with decorum.

In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods we return to reason and faith.

When decorum is repression, the only dignity free men have is to speak out.


In golf, the customs and etiquette and decorum are as important as the rules of play.

A man who understands decorum and the courtesies is a great treasure;

I hope to train and send into society as many such men as I can.

Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.

The most disgusting cad in the world is the man who on the grounds of decorum and morality avoids the game of love. He is one who puts his own ease and security above the most laudable of philanthropies.


Gaming is the destruction of all decorum;

the prince forgets at it his dignity, and the lady her modesty.

As for the decorum at the time of a campaign, one must be mindful that he is a samurai. A person who loves beautification where it is unnecessary is fit for punishment.

To a high degree we are, through art and science, cultured.

We are civilized - perhaps too much for our own good - in all sorts of social grace and decorum. But to consider ourselves as having reached morality - for that, much is lacking.

Any girl that's in a professional setting has to have a certain amount of decorum, but there's always a different story going on, when she goes home.

Decorum -- that bug-bear which deters so many from bliss until the opportunity for bliss has forever gone by.


Howard and Shirley were clothed, always, in an invisible layer of decorum that they never laid aside.

Politeness requires this thing; decorum that; ceremony has its forms, and fashion its laws, and these must always follow, never the promptings of our own nature.

Gracefulness is a correct life: sensuality which contemplates and forms itself.

Wild liberty develops iron conscience.

Want of liberty, by strengthening law and decorum, stupefies conscience.

There are few things that so touch us with instinctive revulsion as a breach of decorum.


Americans also seem to believe that the monarchy is a kind of mediaeval hangover, encumbered by premodern notions of decorum; the reality is that the British monarchy, for good or ill, is a modern political institution - perhaps the first modern political institution.

You have to adhere to a certain morality, a certain level of decorum, or else you'll be punished and labeled.

Unsuccessful candidates for the Presidency should be quietly hanged as a matter of public sanitation and decorum.

The movie cheerfully offends all civilized notions of taste, decorum, manners and hygiene... The movie is vulgar? Vulgarity is when we don't laugh. When we laugh, it's merely human nature.

Women do not transgress the bounds of decorum so often as men;

but when they do, they go greater lengths.


It is shaming sometimes how the body will not, or cannot, lie about emotions.

Who, for decorum’s sake, has ever slowed his heart, or muted a blush?

... it was not very unusual at Washington for a lady to take the arm of a gentleman, who was neither her husband, her father, norher brother. This remarkable relaxation of American decorum has been probably introduced by the foreign legations.

I am sensible that my keenness of temper, and a vanity to be distinguished for the day, make me too often splash in life.... I amresolved to restrain myself and attend more to decorum.

I think we are all of us a pretty milky lot, without tea-table convictions and our radicalism that keeps so consistently within the bounds of decorum . . . .I'd like to annihilate these stupid colleges of ours . . . instillers of stodginess.

Don't limp in front of the lame.