On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners.
(George Mikes (1912-1987), Hungarian-born British humorist. How To Be An Alien, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1946).
Commenting in 1977 on his oft-quoted remark above; "Since then, food in England has improved, table manners have deteriorated. In those days food was hardly ever discussed, it was taboo, like sex." (How To Be Decadent).)
In some ways, you know, people that don't exist, are much nicer than people that do.
(Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, May 22, 1891, to Sydney Bowles. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
Don't talk to the people until you've listened to the people.
(Ann Klein (1923-1986), U.S. politician. Originally quoted in the Morristown (New Jersey) Daily Record (May 1, 1974). As quoted in Past and Promise, part 4, by Noel Robinson (1990).
Klein, a New Jersey Democrat, held various political posts and advocated such causes as abortion rights, improved Medicaid, the rights of institutionalized people, and opposition to child abuse.)