Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Behavior, Part 2................Manners

"There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be to
boil an egg.  Manners are the happy way of doing things;
each once a stroke of genius or of love, - now repeated
and hardened into usage."

"Manners are very communicable:  men catch them from
each other."

"Your manners are always under examination, and by
committees little suspected, - a police in citizens' clothes, -
but are awarding or denying you very high prizes when
you least think of it."

"...- I have seen men who neigh like a horse when you
contradict them, or say something they do not understand:"

"When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a
practiced man relies on the language of the first."

"Manners have been somewhat cynically defined to be a
contrivance of wise men to keep fools at a distance."

"Manners require time, as nothing is more vulgar than
haste.  Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies
and respect, and not crushed into corners."

"Manners impress as they indicate real power."

"Nature forever puts a premium on reality.  What is done for
effect, is seen to be done for effect; what is done for love is
felt to be done for love."

-all quotes excerpted from Ralph Waldo Emerson's
essay, Behavior.

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