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Letter "J" » Judith Martin Quotes
«The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes - naturally, nobody wants to live any other way.»
«Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue.»
«The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.»
«When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.»
«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.»
«Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.»
«If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.»
«The simple idea that everyone needs a reasonable amount of challenging work in his or her life, and also a personal life, complete with noncompetitive leisure, has never really taken hold.»
«Gentle reader: Yes, the thing to do is to ignore it. A general rule of etiquette is that one apologizes for the unfortunate occurrence, but the unthinkable is unmentionable»
«It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.»