Diva Rambling: Emily Post on Manners…

Emily Post to me epitomizes manners in the day when they meant something.  OLD School for sure but she is my guru on all topics manners and entertaining. I have a first edition copy of her book I cherish.  Here are a few of the tips attributed to her.  Enjoy….More to come….

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Emily post on manners
Emily Post was a prolific American writer best known for writing about etiquette. In her early years, she received education at her home and later she finished her schooling from Miss Graham’s New York. She began her writing career after her sons were old enough to attend the boarding. Her writing, thoughts, articles and posts were about interior designing and architecture, serials and stories for famous magazines including, ‘The Century’, ‘Harper’s’ and ‘Scribner’s’. Her notable novels include, ‘Woven In The Tapestry’, ‘The Eagle’s Feather’, ‘Purple and Fine Linen’ and various others. Early in her career she also wrote humorous travel books. However, she is most renowned for her first book on etiquette titled, ‘Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home’. Following is a compilation of quotable quotations and sayings by Emily Post which have been curated from her writings, thoughts, books, novels, articles, work and life. Read through the famous and motivational quotes and thoughts by Emily Post.
Emily Post quotes Showing 1-23 of 23. “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” “Good manners reflect something from inside-an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.”
Any child can be taught to be beautifully behaved with no effort greater than quiet patience and perseverance, whereas to break bad habits once they are acquired is a Herculean task
Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.
Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them; manner is personality – the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life…. Etiquette must, if it is to be of more than trifling use, include ethics as well as manners. Certainly what one is, is of far greater importance than what one appears to be.
f you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don’t nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life – this is also ‘playing’ the game!
To make a pleasant and friendly impression is not only good manners, but equally good business.
If God had intended for women to wear slacks, He would have constructed them differently
Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.
Houses without personality are a series of walled enclosures with furniture standing around in them. Other houses are filled with things of little intrinsic value, even with much that is shabby and yet they have that inviting atmosphere…
Manners are like primary colors, there are certain rules and once you have these you merely mix, i.e., adapt, them to meet changing situations.
The joy of joys is the person of light but unmalicious humor. If you know any one who is gay, beguiling and amusing, you will, if you are wise, do everything you can to make him prefer your house and your table to any other; for where he is, the successful party is also.
Never so long as you live, write a letter to a man – no matter who he is – that you would be ashamed to see in a newspaper above your signature.
Custom is a mutable thing; yet we readily recognize the permanence of certain social values. Graciousness and courtesy are never old-fashioned.
A lady never asks a gentleman to dance, or to go to supper with her.
An overdose of praise is like 10 lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it.
Jealousy is the suspicion of one’s own inferiority
The letter we all love to receive is one that carries so much of the writer’s personality that she seems to be sitting beside us, looking at us directly and talking just as she really would, could she have come on a magic carpet, instead of sending her proxy in ink-made characters on mere paper.
To tell a lie in cowardice, to tell a lie for gain, or to avoid deserved punishment–are all the blackest of black lies.

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