Morals of Manners, Or, Hints for Our Young People

Wiley and Putnam, 1846 - 63 pages

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Page 4 - Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon' them, in a great measure, the laws depend. The law touches us but here and there, and now and then. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in. They give their whole form and colour to our lives. According to their quality, they aid morals, they supply them, or they totally destroy them.
Page 61 - It is not here as in the old world, where one man is born with a silver spoon, and another with a pewter one, in his mouth. You may all handle silver spoons, if you will. That is, you may all rise to places of respectability.
Page 62 - It's not in titles, nor in rank, It's not in wealth like London bank, To make us truly blest. If happiness have not her seat And centre in the breast, We may be wise, or rich, or great, But never can be blest.
Page 56 - ... not amuse yourself by hacking the wood-work of your room — do not lean your greasy heads against the wall, or the paper — and do not scratch, or in any way mar the furniture. All this might be classed under ill-manners ; but it is also bad morals, and should be set in that serious light. It is...
Page 24 - ... It is unseemly to stuff your mouth full when you are eating, and to speak while your food is in your mouth, or to eat fast. It is ill-bred to smack your lips while you are eating, or to make any unnecessary noise with your teeth or lips — to soil your mouth, or your fingers, or the...
Page 22 - ... manners have been the making of them ; but as manners are rather the expression of the man, it would be more proper to say — the man makes the manners. Social courtesies should emanate from the heart, for remember always that the worth of manners consists in their being the sincere expression of feelings.
Page 26 - Smoking in the street is a vulgar practice. It is forbidden in some of our cities, and not practised in New- York, except by foreigners and under-bred people.
Page 3 - I HAVE written the following essay in the hope of benefiting you, boys and girls, who are now growing up to take the places of your parents in society.
Page 49 - One of your companions may make a statement which you may think not quite accurate. If you give your own belief about it, speak gently. If he insists, do not you insist in turn. If he is right, you will thus be saved mortification; and if he is wrong, he will soon enough be mortified.

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