Manners and Ethics

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses."

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners."

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A man is truly ethical only when [...] he tears no leaf from a tree, plucks no flower, and takes care to crush no insects."

Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer "Philosophy of Civilization"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A kind word never broke anyone's mouth."

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A compliment is a statement of an agreeable truth; flattery is the statement of an agreeable untruth."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me."

George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw "The Apple Cart"

Rating: 2.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "Of Human Bondage"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry."

Rating: 4.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash."

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else."

Will Rogers
Will Rogers "Illiterate Digest"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 6)

"You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question."

Albert Camus
Albert Camus "Notebooks"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell."

Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell "Sceptical Essays"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"He who has no shame has no conscience."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others."

Cyril Connolly
Cyril Connolly "Enemies of Promise"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people."

Clive Staples Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis "Mere Christianity"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"What is popular is not always right; what is right is not always popular."

Rating: 2.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker."

George Eliot
George Eliot "Daniel Deronda"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all."

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

Rating: 7.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"I am in favor of preserving the French habit of kissing ladies hands - after all, one must start somewhere."

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Prejudice is the child of ignorance."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The death of dogma is the birth of morality."

Rating: 6.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Compassion is the basis of all morality."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"May you live your life as if the maxim of your actions were to become universal law."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Just as the liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe any one else."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

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

Mark Twain
Mark Twain "Mark Twain's Notebook"

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Morals - all correct moral laws - derive from the instinct to survive. Moral behavior is survival behavior above the individual level."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be well-mannered."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped, but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The novelties of one generation are only the resuscitated fashions of the generation before last."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"How happy would many people live if they cared about other people's affairs as little as about their own."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Ethics [...] are nothing but reverence for life."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A woman will flirt with anybody in the world as long as other people are looking on."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Politeness is the flower of humanity."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "The Moon and Sixpence"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style."

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)