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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Emily Post on manners, business-etiquette, rules, sensitive, awareness, etiquette, thought, feelings, awareness, ethics and believe.

61 Best Emily Post Quotes

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist

Born On: October 27, 1872

Died On: September 25, 1960

Born In: Baltimore

Died At Age: 87

Emily Post was a prolific American writer best known for writing about etiquettes. 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.
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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.

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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.

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Nothing is less important than which fork you use. Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.

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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.

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If 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!

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To make a pleasant and friendly impression is not only good manners, but equally good business.

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Never think, because you cannot write a letter easily, that it is better not to write at all. The most awkward note imaginable is better than none.

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The honor of a gentleman demands the inviolability of his word, and the incorruptibility of his principles. He is the descendent of the knight, the crusader; he is the defender of the defenseless and the champion of justice--or he is not a gentleman.

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The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four S's: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy, and Serenity.

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If God had intended for women to wear slacks, He would have constructed them differently.

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Manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Custom is a mutable thing; yet we readily recognize the permanence of certain social values. Graciousness and courtesy are never old-fashioned.

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A lady never asks a gentleman to dance, or to go to supper with her.

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An overdose of praise is like 10 lumps of sugar in coffee; only a very few people can swallow it.

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Jealousy is the suspicion of one's own inferiority.

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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.

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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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A gentleman should never take his hat off with a flourish.

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Excepting a religious ceremonial, there is no occasion where greater dignity of manner is required of ladies and gentlemen both, than in occupying a box at the opera. For a gentleman especially no other etiquette is so exacting.

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Courtesy demands that you, when you are a guest, shall show neither annoyance nor disappointment--no matter what happens.

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To tell a lie in cowardice, to tell a lie for gain, or to avoid deserved punishment-are all the blackest of black lies. On the other hand, to teach one to try one's best to avoid the truth-even to press it when necessary toward the outer edge of the rainbow-for a reason of kindness, or of mercy, is far closer to the heart of truth than to repeat something accurately and mercilessly that will cruelly hurt the feelings of someone.

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To be a good sportsman, one must be a stoic and never show rancor in defeat, or triumph in victory, or irritation, no matter what annoyance is encountered. One who can not help sulking, or explaining, or protesting when the loser, or exulting when the winner, has no right to take part in games or contests.

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A little praise is not only merest justice but is beyond the purse of no one.

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The natural impulses of every thoroughbred include his sense of honor; his love of fair play and courage; his dislike of pretense and of cheapness.

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Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them.

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Good manners reflect something from inside-an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self.

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Never take more than your share - whether of the road in driving your car, of chairs on a boat or seats on a train, or food at the table.

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Bread is like dressed, hats and shoes - in other words, essential!

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Unconsciousness of self is not so much unselfishness as it is the mental ability to extinguish all thought of one's self - exactly as one turns out the light.

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Golf is a particularly severe strain upon the amiability of the average person's temper, and in no other game, except bridge, is serenity of disposition so essential.

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Rather be frumpy than vulgar! Much. Frumps are often celebrities in disguise -- but a person of vulgar appearance is vulgar all through.

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Elbows are never put on the table while one is eating.

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Training a child is exactly like training a puppy; a little heedless inattention and it is out of hand immediately; the great thing is not to let it acquire bad habits that must afterward be broken.

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The only occasion when the traditions of courtesy permit a hostess to help herself before a woman guest is when she has reason to believe the food is poisoned.

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The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four S's: Sincerity, Simplicity, Sympathy and Serenity.

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A gentleman does not boast about his junk.

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Etiquette requires the presumption of good until the contrary is proved.

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People who picnic along the public highway leaving a clutter of greasy paper and swill (not a pretty name, but neither is it a pretty object!) for other people to walk or drive past, and to make a breeding place for flies, and furnish nourishment for rats, choose a disgusting way to repay the land-owner for the liberty they took in temporarily occupying his property.

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Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.

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One very great annoyance in open air gatherings is cigar smoke when blown directly in one's face or worse yet the smoke from a smouldering cigar. It is almost worthy of a study in air currents to discover why with plenty of space all around, a tiny column of smoke will make straight for the nostrils of the very one most nauseated by it!

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The joy of joys is the person of light but unmalicious humor.

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There is a big deposit of sympathy in the bank of love, but don't draw out little sums every hour or so - so that by and by, when perhaps you need it badly, it is all drawn out and you yourself don't know how or on what it was spent.

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The most vulgar slang is scarcely worse than the attempted elegance which those unused to good society imagine to be the evidence of cultivation.

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In popular houses where visitors like to go again and again, there is always a happy combination of some attention on the part of the hostess and the perfect freedom of the guests to occupy their time as they choose.

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It is impossible for a hatless woman to be chic.

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No rule of etiquette is of less importance than which fork we use.

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The most advertised commodity is not always intrinsically the best; but is sometimes merely the product of a company, with plenty of money to spend on advertising.

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Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others.

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Whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette.

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The good guest is almost invisible, enjoying him or herself, communing with fellow guests, and, most of all, enjoying the generous hospitality of the hosts.

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The fault of bad taste is usually in over-dressing. Quality not effect, is the standard to seek for.

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To the old saying that man built the house but woman made of it a 'home' might be added the modern supplement that woman accepted cooking as a chore but man has made of it a recreation.

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To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule.

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Consideration for the rights and feelings of others is not merely a rule for behavior in public but the very foundation upon which social life is built.

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Who does not dislike a "boneless" hand extended as though it were a spray of sea-weed, or a miniature boiled pudding?

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There is no reason why you should be bored when you can be otherwise. But if you find yourself sitting in the hedgerow with nothing but weeds, there is no reason for shutting your eyes and seeing nothing, instead of finding what beauty you may in the weeds. To put it cynically, life is too short to waste it in drawing blanks. Therefore, it is up to you to find as many pictures to put on your blank pages as possible.

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