A Quote by Fred Astaire on children, manners, courtesy, and emulation

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

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A Quote by Edmund Spenser on deed and manners

The gentle man by gentle deeds in known. For a man by nothing is so well bewrayed, As by his manners.

Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599)

Source: The Faerie Queene, 1590

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on america, day, death, envy, manners, men, and world

There is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners, yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 115.

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A Quote by Douglas Jerrold on individuality, laws, energy, manners, and yielding

There is nothing settled in manners, but the laws of behaviour yield to the energy of the individual.

Douglas Jerrold (1803 - 1857)

Source: Essays. Second Series. Manners.

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A Quote by Douglas Jerrold on manners, needs, and support

Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.

Douglas Jerrold (1803 - 1857)

Source: Behaviour.

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A Quote by Dionysius of Halicarnassus on education, history, learning, manners, and philosophy

Quoting Thucydides: "The contact with manners then is education; and this Thucydides appears to assert when he says history is philosophy learned from examples."


Source: Ars Rhet. xi. 2.

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A Quote by Christopher Columbus on divinity, judgment, manners, mountains, people, religion, and world

I should be judged as a captain who went from Spain to the Indies to conquer a people numerous and warlike, whose manners and religion are very different from ours, who live in sierras and mountains, without fixed settlements, and where by divine will I have placed under the sovereignty of the King and Queen our Lords, an Other World, whereby Spain, which was reckoned poor, is become the richest of countries. Columbus is coming from the Indies as a prisoner to Cadiz.

Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)

Source: Letter to Dona Juana de Torres, October 1500

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A Quote by Bethania Maria on beginning, learning, and manners

La rama que crece torcida nunca se endereza. A branch that grows crooked, or that is crooked from the beginning, will never straighten out. If you don't learn right from wrong early on, or if you don't learn manners when you are young, you will never learn them later.

Bethania Maria

Source: Thanks to Bethania Maria

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A Quote by Arthur Schopenhauer on day, driving, emptiness, faults, force, good, manners, mercy, needs, pain, people, society, and time

On a cold winter's day, a group of porcupines huddled together to stay warm and keep from freezing. But soon they felt one another's quills and moved apart. When the need for warmth brought them closer together again, their quills again forced them apart. They were driven back and forth at the mercy of their discomforts until they found the distance from one another that provided both a maximum of warmth and a minimum of pain. In human beings, the emptiness and monotony of the isolated self produces a need for society. This brings people together, but their many offensive qualities and intolerable faults drive them apart again. The optimum distance that they finally find that permits them to coexist is embodied in politeness and good manners. Because of this distance between us, we can only partially satisfy our need for warmth, but at the same time, we are spared the stab of one another's quills.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on earth, genius, god, manners, masculinity, originality, and women

Women of genius commonly have masculine faces, figures and manners. In transplanting brains to an alien soil God leaves a little of the original earth clinging to the roots.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

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