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


Reserve may be pride fortified in ice; dignity is worth reposing on truth.

W. R. Alger.

Reserve is the truest expression of respect towards those who are its objects.

De Quincey.

Reserve is no more essentially connected with understanding than a church organ with devotion, or wine with good-nature.


There is nothing more allied to the barbarous and savage character than sullenness, concealment, and reserve.

Parke Godwin.

There would not be any absolute necessity for reserve if the world were honest; yet even then it would prove expedient. For, in order to attain any degree of deference, it seems necessary that people should imagine you have more accomplishments than you discover.