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Quotes of the Day for 27 October 2002 – Manners

Emily Post was born at Baltimore, Maryland on this day in 1872. She was raised in the normal upper class pattern, with all the manners and etiquette that entailed. After her two sons were off to school, Ms Post took to writing - first about travel and in 1922 her magnum opus "Etiquette." Personally I can relate much more readily to Miss Manners (Judith Martin), but I grew up hearing "What would Emily post say!?" to my [lack of] manners. Contrary to my own boorish style, I concede that Manners may be important, certainly important enough to become today's theme.

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The quotes:

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

It is prudent to pour the oil of delicate politeness upon the machinery of friendship.
     - Colette

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.
     - Emily Post

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
     - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832

Good manners and soft words have brought many a difficult thing to pass.
     - John Vanbrugh

Those that are good manners at the court are as ridiculed in the country, as the behavior of the country is most mockable at the court.
     - William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616

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