C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Etiquette is the invention of wise men to keep fools at a distance.


What are these wondrous civilizing arts, this Roman polish, and this smooth behavior that render man thus tractable and tame?


Trifles themselves are elegant in him.


Etiquette has no regard for moral qualities.

Douglas Jerrold.

Starch makes the gentleman, etiquette the lady.


  • There was a general whisper, toss, and wiggle,
  • But etiquette forbade them all to giggle.
  • Byron.

    Etiquette is the ceremonial code of polite life, more voluminous and minute in each portion of society according to its rank.

    J. R. MacCulloch.

  • There’s nothing in the world like etiquette
  • In kingly chambers, or imperial halls,
  • As also at the race and county balls.
  • Byron.

    O form! how oft dost thou with thy case, thy habit, wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls to thy false seeming!


    We show wisdom by a decent conformity to social etiquette; it is excess of neatness or display that creates dandyism in men, and coquetry in women.

    Robert Adam.

    A man may with more impunity be guilty of an actual breach, either of real good breeding or good morals, than appear ignorant of the most minute points of fashionable etiquette.