Do not speak of repulsive matters at table.
The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperon.
The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperone.
Do not smoke without asking permission or sit so near (as in a train) that the smoke might annoy.
Parents must get across the idea that I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.
Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.
I am a journalist in the field of etiquette. I try to find out what the most genteel people regularly do, what traditions they have discarded, what compromises they have made.
Everyone knows that a man can always marry even if he reaches 102, is penniless, and has all his faculties gone. There is always some woman willing to take a chance on him. (from the Complete Book of Etiquette, 1952)