Quotations From MRS. H. O WARD


 

  • ... too much attention is paid to dress by those who have neither the excuse of ample means nor of social claims.... The injury done by this state of things to the morals and the manners of our lower classes is incalculable.
    Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 8 (1878).
  • Work elevates, idleness degrades.
    Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 16 (1878).

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  • The higher, the more exalted the society, the greater is its culture and refinement, and the less does gossip prevail. People in such circles find too much of interest in the world of art and literature and science to discuss, without gloating over the shortcomings of their neighbors.
    Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 4 (1878).

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  • Moral qualities rule the world, but at short distances the senses are despotic.
    Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 5 (1878).

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  • What do women want with votes, when they hold the sceptre of influence with which they can control even votes, if they wield it aright?
    Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 4 (1878). Referring to women's influence over the men in their families. Ward emphasized that to "wield" their influence "aright," women must be educated.

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  • Books treating of etiquette ... are often written by dancing-masters and Turveydrops and others knowing little of the customs of the best society of any land.
    Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 7 (1878).
  • ... there is nothing so sad as lack of fine manners in a gentleman, except the lack of them in a lady.
    Mrs. H. O. Ward (1824-1899), U.S. author. Sensible Etiquette of the Best Society Customs, Manners, Morals, and Home Culture, Compiled from the Best Authorities, ch. 3 (1878).

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