Manners and Ethics

"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Opinions have caused more ills than the plague or earthquakes on this little globe of ours."

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely."

William Somerset Maugham
William Somerset Maugham "A Writer's Notebook"

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal."

Jane Austen letter to sister Cassandra
Jane Austen letter to sister Cassandra

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I believe that sex is the most beautiful, natural, and wholesome thing that money can buy."

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Apologize, v. To lay the foundation for a future offense."

Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Morality is everywhere the same for all men, therefore it comes from God; sects differ, therefore they are the work of men."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered."

Graham Greene
Graham Greene "A Sort of Life"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"We don't bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don't dress well and we've no manners."

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire to receive even greater benefits."

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"To be an agreeable guest one need only enjoy oneself."

Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"I believe that the best way to prepare fore for a Future Life is to be kind, live one day at a time, and do the work you can do best, doing it as well as you can."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Our virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly, which can - and must - be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse."

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Legitimized love always despises its easygoing brother."

Guy de Maupassant
Guy de Maupassant "Boule de Suif"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation - the other eight are unimportant."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Nothing is given so profusely as advice."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Politeness , n. The most acceptable hypocrisy."

Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"He who is most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in performance of it."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves."

Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce "The Devil's Dictionary"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people to not kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want."

Rating: 8.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Prejudice is an opinion without judgement."

Voltaire "Philosophical Dictionary"

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people; what we usually see is only an artful dissimulation to win the confidence of others."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country."

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)