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
easily and rapidly mature into morals." Horace Mann
"A man's own
good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners."
in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be
"A man's own
manner and character is what most becomes him." Cicero
call them because their manners differ from ours."
"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
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,
1983. Pages 822-829.
Rooney, Andrew "Mr.
Rooney Goes to Dinner." A Few Minutes With
Ed. Andrew Rooney. New York, NY: Warner Books, Inc., 1981.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden
and Civil Disobedience. New York:
New American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark. The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.