Quotation hostile to etiquette/manners
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24 Jul 2006 09:01 PDT
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Question ID: 749031
I'm looking for the source and wording of a quotation I heard long ago about etiquette. It is something like etiquette (or manners or politeness) is human affection gone rotten, i.e., laws of politeness are a poor substitute for fellow-feeling. I'm looking for the name of the (slightly?) famous person who said this, and the phraseology, rather than someone to invent a new aphorism.
Re: Quotation hostile to etiquette/manners
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 01 Aug 2006 10:12 PDT
I am delighted to learn that the Thomas Jefferson quote I suggested was the correct one. I've reposted it below. "In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue." 4literature: Works by Thomas Jefferson http://www.4literature.net/Thomas_Jefferson/Selections_from_Jefferson_s_Correspond/3.html I became aware of the quote when I was in college. A friend of mine had "Politeness Is Artificial Good Humor... Thomas Jefferson" printed on a sweatshirt. Really good quotes stand the test of time! Best regards, pinkfreud
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Spot on answer. Very impressive considering my question was quite vague.
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