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Born: 1938-09-13
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

Tags: Good, Help, Others

Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.

Tags: Face, Honesty, Mean

Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue.

Tags: Hypocrisy, Social, Virtue

When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.

Tags: Behavior, Society, Ugly

We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility.

Tags: Hit, Job, Law

Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet.

Tags: Force, Immorality, Morality

Many people mistakenly think a new technology cancels out an old one.

Tags: Mistakenly, Old, Technology

We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.

Tags: Born, Fresh, Society

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.

Tags: Children, Education, Parents

If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.

Tags: Alone, Rest, Written

Most people who work at home find they do not have the benefit of receptionists who serve as personal guards.

Tags: Home, Personal, Work

There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.

Tags: America, Social, Three

You do not have to do everything disagreeable that you have a right to do.

Tags: Attention, Give, Real

Chaperons, even in their days of glory, were almost never able to enforce morality; what they did was to force immorality to be discreet. This is no small contribution.

Tags: Able, Days, Small

Indeed, Miss Manners has come to believe that the basic political division in this country is not between liberals and conservatives but between those who believe that they should have a say in the love lives of strangers and those who do not.

Tags: Country, Love, Political
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