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Judith Martin Quotes & Sayings
16 entries tagged including 3 subtopics.
Last updated Aug 2020
Judith Martin Topics
We are all born charming, fresh, and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
You glance at an e-mail. You give more attention to a real letter.
You do not have to do everything disagreeable that you have a right to do.
When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.
We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
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.
There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.
Most people who work at home find they do not have the benefit of receptionists who serve as personal guards.
Many people mistakenly think a new technology cancels out an old one.
It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
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.
If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.
Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue.
Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.
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.
Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet.
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