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Emily Post's Etiquette Emily Post's Etiquette by Peggy Post
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“Etiquette requires the presumption of good until the contrary is proved.”
Emily Post, Emily Post On Etiquette
“Persons under the shock of genuine affliction are not only upset mentally but are all unbalanced physically. No matter how calm and controlled they seemingly may be, no one can under such circumstances be normal. Their disturbed circulation makes them cold, their distress makes them unstrung, sleepless. Persons they normally like, they often turn from. No one should ever be forced upon those in grief, and all over-emotional people, no matter how near or dear, should be barred absolutely. Although the knowledge that their friends love them and sorrow for them is a great solace, the nearest afflicted must be protected from any one or anything which is likely to overstrain nerves already at the threatening point, and none have the right to feel hurt if they are told they can neither be of use or be received. At such a time, to some people companionship is a comfort, others shrink from their dearest friends.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“Whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette.”
Emily Post, Emily Post's Etiquette
“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.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“The best ingredients for likeableness are a happy expression of countenance, an unaffected manner, and a sympathetic attitude.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“Who does not dislike a "boneless" hand extended as though it were a spray of sea-weed, or a miniature boiled pudding?”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“A self-confident person isn’t boastful or pushy but is secure with herself in a way that inspires confidence in others. She values herself regardless of her physical attributes or individual talents, understanding that honor and character are what really matter.”
Peggy Post, Emily Post's Etiquette
“When you see a woman in silks and sables and diamonds speak to a little errand girl or a footman or a scullery maid as though they were the dirt under her feet, you may be sure of one thing; she hasn't come a very long way from the ground herself.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“Thus Best Society is not a fellowship of the wealthy, nor does it seek to exclude those who are not of exalted birth; but it is an association of gentle-folk, of which good form in speech, charm of manner, knowledge of the social amenities, and instinctive consideration for the feelings of others, are the credentials by which society the world over recognizes its chosen members.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“The only extra plates ever permitted are the bread and butter plates which are put on at breakfast and lunch and supper above and to the left of the forks, but never at dinner.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“One thing is certain, no novice should ever begin her social career by attempting a formal dinner, any more than a pupil swimmer, upon being able to take three strokes alone, should attempt to swim three miles out to sea.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“Well, we are making war for civilization, are we not? Very well, we are. Therefore, we eat in a civilized way.”
Emily Post, Etiquette
“Probably”
Emily Post, Etiquette

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