Judith Martin Quotes

Top 79 wise famous quotes and sayings by Judith Martin

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Judith Martin quotes: Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue. Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue.
Judith Martin quotes: The way one was brought up isn't an excuse for rude behavior. The way one was brought up isn't an excuse for rude behavior.
Judith Martin quotes: A general rule of etiquette is that one apologizes for the unfortunate occurrence, but the unthinkable is unmentionable. A general rule of etiquette is that one apologizes for the unfortunate occurrence, but the unthinkable is unmentionable.
Judith Martin quotes: A small wedding is not necessarily one to which very few people are invited. It is one to which the person you are addressing is not invited. A small wedding is not necessarily one to which very few people are invited. It is one to which the person you are addressing is not invited.
Judith Martin quotes: There is nothing like a good friend to help you out when you are not in trouble. There is nothing like a good friend to help you out when you are not in trouble.
Judith Martin quotes: Learn graceful ways of saying no and of pointing out that this pressure to do something is not in line with most people's wishes. Learn graceful ways of saying no and of pointing out that this pressure to do something is not in line with most people's wishes.
Judith Martin quotes: Manners require showing consideration of all human beings, not just the ones to whom one is close. Manners require showing consideration of all human beings, not just the ones to whom one is close.
Judith Martin quotes: If you can't be kind, at least be vague. If you can't be kind, at least be vague.
Judith Martin quotes: Email is very informal, a memo. But I find that not signing off or not having a salutation bothers me. Email is very informal, a memo. But I find that not signing off or not having a salutation bothers me.
Judith Martin quotes: What is Thanksgiving without a nutty relative? What is Thanksgiving without a nutty relative?
Judith Martin quotes: If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached. If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.
Judith Martin quotes: Fairness does not consist so much of everybody's doing the same thing, but of everybody's being willing to do something that others don't want to do. Fairness does not consist so much of everybody's doing the same thing, but of everybody's being willing to do something that others don't want to do.
Judith Martin quotes: Appearing to pay attention when someone is speaking is one of the cornerstones of real social interaction. Appearing to pay attention when someone is speaking is one of the cornerstones of real social interaction.
Judith Martin quotes: Part of the skill of saying no is to shut up afterward and not babble on, offering material for an argument. Part of the skill of saying no is to shut up afterward and not babble on, offering material for an argument.
Judith Martin quotes: When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed. When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed.
Judith Martin quotes: Greece is a good place for rebirths. Greece is a good place for rebirths.
Judith Martin quotes: Try not to annoy your relatives unnecessarily. Try not to annoy your relatives unnecessarily.
Judith Martin quotes: Most people who work at home find they do not have the benefit of receptionists who serve as personal guards. Most people who work at home find they do not have the benefit of receptionists who serve as personal guards.
Judith Martin quotes: Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers. Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers.
Judith Martin quotes: When you consider how epidemic boredom is in our time, you have to concede that entertaining is a healing art. When you consider how epidemic boredom is in our time, you have to concede that entertaining is a healing art.
Judith Martin quotes: My children did not go through a stage of being rude to their parents. I'm sorry if that sounds incredible. My children did not go through a stage of being rude to their parents. I'm sorry if that sounds incredible.
Judith Martin quotes: A young lady is a female child who has just done something dreadful. A young lady is a female child who has just done something dreadful.
Judith Martin quotes: Being polite does not mean being mummified. Being polite does not mean being mummified.
Judith Martin quotes: Nowadays, you form your beliefs to fit your behavior, not the other way around. Nowadays, you form your beliefs to fit your behavior, not the other way around.
Judith Martin quotes: The etiquette question that troubles so many fastidious people New Year's Day is: How am I ever going to face those people again? The etiquette question that troubles so many fastidious people New Year's Day is: How am I ever going to face those people again?
Judith Martin quotes: Charming villains have always had a decided social advantage over well-meaning people who chew with their mouths open. Charming villains have always had a decided social advantage over well-meaning people who chew with their mouths open.
Judith Martin quotes: When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable. When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable.
Judith Martin quotes: Freedom without rules doesn't work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette. Freedom without rules doesn't work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette.
Judith Martin quotes: For email, the old postcard rule applies. Nobody else is supposed to read your postcards, but you'd be a fool if you wrote anything private on one. For email, the old postcard rule applies. Nobody else is supposed to read your postcards, but you'd be a fool if you wrote anything private on one.
Judith Martin quotes: I try to behave myself, and I succeed. I try to behave myself, and I succeed.
Judith Martin quotes: The stress of making small talk with in-laws is called being part of a family. The stress of making small talk with in-laws is called being part of a family.
Judith Martin quotes: Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet. Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet.
Judith Martin quotes: Many people mistakenly think a new technology cancels out an old one. Many people mistakenly think a new technology cancels out an old one.
Judith Martin quotes: You don't want to look too chic at a Washington party or people will think you don't have a job worth losing. You don't want to look too chic at a Washington party or people will think you don't have a job worth losing.
Judith Martin quotes: Only a person who considers himself too good for you is good enough. Only a person who considers himself too good for you is good enough.
Judith Martin quotes: Everybody's an art critic. Everybody's an art critic.
Judith Martin quotes: Sometimes we do things a certain way just because that is the way we do things. Sometimes we do things a certain way just because that is the way we do things.
Judith Martin quotes: Protocol is etiquette with a government expense account. Protocol is etiquette with a government expense account.
Judith Martin quotes: Generosity and gratitude are inseparably linked. Generosity and gratitude are inseparably linked.
Judith Martin quotes: You should resolve not to seek public approval of your private business, when you are not also prepared to accept public disapproval. You should resolve not to seek public approval of your private business, when you are not also prepared to accept public disapproval.
Judith Martin quotes: There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class. There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.
Judith Martin quotes: It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
Judith Martin quotes: When someone has tried to please you, it is rude, as well as disheartening, to respond by announcing that the effort was a failure. When someone has tried to please you, it is rude, as well as disheartening, to respond by announcing that the effort was a failure.
Judith Martin quotes: Everyone old enough to have a secret is entitled to have some place to keep it. Everyone old enough to have a secret is entitled to have some place to keep it.
Judith Martin quotes: Life is full of wonderful passions that come and go over the years, but the only one that will never let you down is reading. Life is full of wonderful passions that come and go over the years, but the only one that will never let you down is reading.
Judith Martin quotes: You think death is any better an excuse for desertion than any other? You think death is any better an excuse for desertion than any other?
Judith Martin quotes: People will say, 'Seventy isn't old, it's middle-aged,' and I think, middle of what - 140? People will say, 'Seventy isn't old, it's middle-aged,' and I think, middle of what - 140?
Judith Martin quotes: We are all entitled to our little harmless habits, but we are not entitled to demand approval for them. We are all entitled to our little harmless habits, but we are not entitled to demand approval for them.