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Today's etiquettes are mainly built on making those around you feel at ease. By treating others with compassion, civility, and respect, one makes themselves more likable, allowing us to form better personal bonds and partnerships.

These quotes about etiquette will make you realize that there are a lot of situations that can be easily handled only if one possesses good manners, proper etiquette, and some kindness in society and keeps their emotions peaceful.

Now, etiquette cannot be learned within a day, but it is taught over a while, and these quotes will help you do just that. All a person needs to be an etiquette person is some self-love, some hope, and a lot of awareness about their surroundings.

This quote-list regarding etiquettes will assist you and instill confidence and grace in you.

Thoughtful Etiquette Quotes

The etiquette of a person is tested when they are put in an unpleasant situation. Being etiquette means holding your poise even in the most testing conditions.

"Good manners are ageless, priceless, and classless."

- Diana Mather.

"Manners make the fortune of the ambitious youth."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"The highest perfection of politeness is only a beautiful edifice, built, from the base to the dome, of ungraceful and gilded forms of charitable and unselfish lying."

- Mark Twain.

"In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order."

- Florence King.

“Eating grapes with a knife and fork is not what one would call refined. It is what one would call ludicrous.”

― Judith Martin.

"Drink and dance and laugh and lie, Love, the reeling midnight through, For tomorrow we shall die! (But, alas, we never do)."

- Dorothy Parker.

"The Japanese have perfected good manners and made them indistinguishable from rudeness."

- Paul Theroux.

"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.

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

- Amy Vanderbilt.

"Wisdom tells us that the best time for silence is when we are mad or upset." ⁠

—John Patrick Hickey.

"I've grown up on set, so I understand a lot of things that a new actor wouldn't, whether it's etiquette or how things work on a technical level."

- Cameron Boyce.

"Freedom without rules doesn't work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette."

-Judith Martin.

"Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential."

- Will Cuppy.

"As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted."

- Judith Martin.

"Marriage is survived just on the basis of ordinary etiquette, day in and day out. Also cooking together helps a lot... I've seen all these marriages that failed. Those people are always hollering at each other. That doesn't work."

- Jim Harrison.

"We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility."

- Judith Martin.

"Etiquette does not render you defenseless. If it did, even I wouldn't subscribe to it. But rudeness in retaliation for rudeness just doubles the amount of rudeness in the world."

- Judith Martin.

Inspiring Etiquette Quotes

There are not a lot of things that money can't buy, a few of which are good manners, etiquette, and respect. These cannot be purchased but are to be earned and learned so one can have a great social life.

"Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first."

– Carrie Bradshaw.

"Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace."

—Dalai Lama.

"We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society."
― Judith Martin.

"Etiquette requires us to admire the human race."

- Mark Twain.

"Words not only affect us temporarily; they change us, they socialize or unsocialize us."

- David Riesman

"Aging does not make women powerless objects of pity but colorful and entertaining individuals and, on occasion, fire-breathing dragons that wise people don't cross."

- Florence King.

"The rationale that etiquette should be eschewed because it fosters inequality does not ring true in a society that openly admits to a feverish interest in the comparative status-conveying qualities of sneakers. Manners are available to all, for free."
― 'Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. Jefferson', Judith Martin.

"Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness."

- Dorothy Parker.

"The way the business things work in Russia is you have to meet people, you have to go through a certain amount of etiquette and business things are done just simply by a shake of the hand and whether they like you or not."

- Marc Almond.

"It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude. To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire."
― 'The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims', Arthur Schopenhauer.

"It's one of these things that I've been struck by for so long about America. You know, this amazing politeness of American life that's not at all class specific."

- Geoff Dyer.

"Manners are the ability to put someone else at their ease...by turning any answer into another question."

⁠—Tina Brown.

“If there are to be rules, they must be articulable and defensible, like etiquette. I do not do anything simply because my family did it. I do things because they make sense, and because they are elegant.”
― 'Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk', Kathleen Rooney.

“Etiquette is what you are doing and saying when people are looking and listening. What you are thinking is your business”


"For politeness is like a counter--an avowedly false coin, with which it is foolish to be stingy."

― 'The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims', Arthur Schopenhauer.

"Let's not confuse traditional behaviours with good manners. The definition of etiquette is gender neutral - it simply means we strive at all times to ensure a person in our company feels at ease."

- Lynn Coady.

"In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order."

- Florence King.

"It's easy to laugh at etiquette, but in a hundred years, our children's grandchildren will almost certainly be laughing at us."

- Sara Sheridan.

"I make a distinction between manners and etiquette - manners as the principles, which are eternal and universal, etiquette as the particular rules which are arbitrary and different in different times, different situations, different cultures."

- Judith Martin.

Famous Etiquette Quotes

What makes any celebrity a fan-favorite is the way they carry themselves and the etiquette they showcase. Having good etiquette doesn't only make a person likable but also serves as a success magnet.

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but decide what you are."

– Gianni Versace.

"Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person."

- Mark Twain.

"Reading at meals is considered rude in polite society, but if you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects."

- Stephen King.

"All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education."

- Walter Scott.

"Miss Manners remembers who should be introduced to whom, but then she also remembers the difference between “who” and “whom.” The formula is simple: One introduces inferiors to their superiors."
― 'Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior', Judith Martin.

"It's not polite to refuse to dress for a parly. It's an insult to your hostess. After all, correct dress is a part of good manners."

- Elsa Schiaparelli.

"If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"I am a journalist in the field of etiquette. I try to find out what the most genteel people regularly do, what traditions they have discarded, what compromises they have made."

- Amy Vanderbilt.

"Politeness is the chief sign of culture."

- Baltasar Gracian.

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."

- Vincent Van Gogh.

"It's not like people get more polite as ascend the hierarchy of society. Just incredible good manners. It's always been something that I've noticed."

- Geoff Dyer.

"Every one of us is an artist, and as an artist, you really can stroll into any venue that you want, as long as you take your time to learn the etiquette of that venue."

- Terrence Howard.

"Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them." ⁠

—Bill Kelly.

"There are etiquette things that actors, new actors, need to know about. Because it only takes one mess-up on a set to get fired.

- Loretta Devine.

"Not being where you're supposed to be or saying something to the wrong person that you're not supposed to say, and those are like basic things that the actors need to know."

- Loretta Devine.

"Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin."

- Quentin Crisp.

Best Etiquette Quotes

Etiquette generally means the behavior of a responsible person that is the best fit for society and reflects an individual's personality. Here are some of the best etiquette quotes for you to read.

"Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each one a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage, they form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners."

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"Chivalry!---why, maiden, she is the nurse of pure and high affection---the stay of the oppressed, the redresser of grievances, the curb of the power of the tyrant ---Nobility were, but an empty name without her, and liberty finds the best protection in her lance and her sword."
― Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe.

"Etiquette can be at the same time a means of approaching people and of staying clear of them."

- David Riesman.

"There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection."
― Judith Martin.

"The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume."

- Paul Theroux.

"Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience."

- Theodore Roosevelt.

“Consideration is the basis of etiquette, and it starts at home. If you can't show consideration to your spouse, child, or family member any consideration you show outside is shallow and a farce.”

―Chinha Raheja.

"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“The way the business things work in Russia is you have to meet people, you have to go through a certain amount of etiquette, and business things are done just simply by a shake of the hand and whether they like you or not.”

— Marc Almond.

"Thus, gentlemen are introduced to ladies, young people to old, unranked ones to those of exalted stature, and your own relatives to everyone else."

― Judith Martin, 'Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior'.

"Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor."

- Emily Post.

"Go to any bookstore, and you'll see thousands of books on etiquette, which suggests there's a lot of self-help going on. There is hope."

- Letitia Baldrige.

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