Etiquette Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old etiquette quotes, etiquette sayings, and etiquette proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Etiquette can be at the same time a means of approaching people and of staying clear of them. David Riesman
Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. Thomas Sowell
Politeness is the chief sign of culture. Baltasar Gracian
Those who have mastered etiquette, who are entirely, impeccably right, would seem to arrive at a point of exquisite dullness. Dorothy Parker
Etiquette is what you are doing and saying when people are looking and listening. What you are thinking is your business. Virginia Cary Hudson
Good manners and kindness are always in fashion. Anonymous
Good manners is just being respectful of others. Whether you know them or not, you should show respect for all people. John Patrick Hickey
Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts. Abel Stevens
Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience. Theodore Roosevelt
Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them. Bill Kelly
Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential. Will Cuppy
Politeness is something you owe other people, because when you show a little courtesy, everything becomes easier and better. But first and foremost, it's something you owe yourself. Anne Holm
There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world either to get a good name, or to supply the want of it. Edward Bulwer Lytton
Etiquette is all human social behavior. If you're a hermit on a mountain, you don't have to worry about etiquette; if somebody comes up the mountain, then you've got a problem. It matters because we want to live in reasonably harmonious communities. Judith Martin
To learn etiquette, is actually learning how to see others, and respect them. Yixing Zhang
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. Anonymous
Etiquette requires us to admire the human race. Mark Twain
Good manners are ageless, priceless and classless. Diana Mather
Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you not because they are nice, but because you are. Anonymous
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Etiquette a fancy word for simple kindness. Elsa Maxwell
Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind. Julia Ward Howe
He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest. Walter Benjamin