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The following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity.  Use these to establish the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.

"A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice;  a good one supplie everything, gilds a no, sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.    Balthazar Gracian in The Art of Worldly wisdom Manners

"Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals."    Horace Mann

"A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners."    Lord Chesterfield

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

"A man's own manner and character is what most becomes him."    Cicero

"Savages we call them because their manners differ from ours."    Benjamin Franklin

"It is a mistake that there is no bath that will cure people's manners, but drowning would help."    Mark Twain

Chesterton, G.K.  "On Sandals of Simplicity."  The Oxford Book of  Essays. Ed.  John Gross. Oxford:  Oxford University Press,                 1991. Pages 377-387.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo.  "Manners." Essays and Lectures.  Ed.Joel Porte.
New York, NY:  Literary Classics of the United States of America,  Inc., 1983.  Pages 822-829.
Rooney, Andrew  "Mr. Rooney Goes to Dinner."  A Few Minutes With  Andy Rooney. Ed. Andrew Rooney.   New York, NY:  Warner  Books, Inc., 1981.  Pages 53-85.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience.  New York:
 New American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.