Most people have seen worse things in private than they pretend to be shocked at in public.
—Edgar Watson Howe
Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.
That's the secret of entertaining. You make your guests feel welcome and at home. If you do that honestly, the rest takes care of itself.
Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.
Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanisms of friendship.
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners.
Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can't have two sets of manners, two social codes - one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people.
—Lillian Eichler Watson
If you aren't going to say something directly to someone's face, than don't use online as an opportunity to say it. It is this sense of bravery that people get when they are anonymous that gives the blogosphere a bad reputation.
Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.
Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back.
—William of Wykeham
Manners maketh man.