Manners Quotations


Excuse our hard and cold New England manners, lay it partly to the climate: granite and ice, you know, are our chief exports.—Thoreau to Thomas Cholmondeley, 8 November 1855

For the most part we can only treat one another to our wit, our good manners and equanimity, and though we have eagles to give we demand of each other only coppers.—”Reform and Reformers”

It is possible for a man wholly to disappear and be merged in his manners.—Journal, 21 July 1851

Much of our poetry has the very best manners, but no character.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers 

One man lies in his words and gets a bad reputation—another in his manners and enjoys a good one.—Journal, 25 June 1852

The finest manners in the world are awkwardness and fatality when contrasted with a finer intelligence.—Journal, 16 February 1851

The indecent haste and grossness with which our food is swallowed, have cast a disgrace on the very act of eating itself.—Journal, 16 July 1845

The man who thrusts his manners upon me does as if he were to insist on introducing me to his cabinet of curiosities, when I wished to see himself.—”Life without Principle

The vice of manners is that they are continually deserted by the character. They are castoff clothes or shells claiming the respect of the living creature.—Journal, 16 February 1851

To me there is something devilish in manners. The best manners is nakedness of manners.—Journal, 31 January 1852

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