Judith Martin Quotes

The pejorative term ‘political correctness’ was adapted to express disapproval of the enlargement of etiquette to cover all people, in spite of this being a principle to which all Americans claim to subscribe.

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

It is impossible to run a democracy if people with opposing ideas refuse to deal with one another.

Let us make a special effort to learn to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.

Indeed, Miss Manners has come to believe that the basic political division in this country is not between liberals and conservatives but between those who believe that they should have a say in the love lives of strangers and those who do not.

We are all born charming, fresh, and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.

There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.

There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can […]

The invention of the teenager was a mistake, in Miss Manners’ opinion. Once you identify a period of life in which people have few restrictions and, at the same time, few responsibilities – they get to stay out late but don’t have to pay taxes – naturally, nobody wants to live any other way.