Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Quotes: Manners. Marching.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

Distinguishing between “ease” and “elegance” in behavior.
Manners 270 She [Emma] would not be in a hurry to find fault [with Mrs. Elton], but she suspected that there was no elegance;--ease, but not elegance. Austen, Emma

Good manners depend on the good manners of others.
Manners 1044 Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Behavior.

Self-reliance is the basis for good manners.
Manners 1046 The basis of good manners is self-reliance. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Behavior.

People who lack self-possession are painful to behold.
Manners 1046 Those who are not self-possessed, obtrude and pain us. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Behavior.

Good manners take time; haste is vulgar.
Manners 1046 Manners require time, as nothing is more vulgar than haste. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Behavior.

He had the manners of a tolerably trained bear.
Manners 656 As for external polish, or mere courtesy of manner, he never possessed more than a tolerably educated bear. Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance.

Marching diverts thoughts, kills thought and eliminates individuality.
Marching 126 Hermann Rauschming: “Marching diverts men’s thoughts; marching kills thought; marching makes an end of individuality.” Hoffer, The True Believer

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