Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world. Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn, nor shine, if it is not polished. ChesterfieldLetters. July 1, 1748.
Nobody ought to have been able to resist her coaxing manner; and nobody had any business to try. Yet she never seemed to know it was her manner at all. That was the best of it. DickensMartin Chuzzlewit. Vol. II. Ch. XIV.
Ah, ah Sir Thomas, Honores mutant Mores. Manners (Lord Rutland). To Sir Thos. More. Not so, in faith, but have a care lest we translate the proverb and say, Honours change Manners. Answer of Sir Thos. More to Manners. Margaret MoreDiary. October, 1524.
Eye natures walks, shoot folly as it flies, And catch the manners, living as they rise; Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, But vindicate the ways of God to man. PopeEssay on Man. Ep. I. L. 13.