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The vulgar only laugh, but never smile; whereas well-bred people often smile, but seldom laugh.
— Lord Chesterfield —

Well-bred' ensured buckled noses, high-arched feet, a predisposition to madness, and ... an innate belief in our own unquestioning superiority.

— Alexandra Fuller

With a chuckle, Jack mumbled under his breath to Nick. 'It's like watching the preppy, well-bred versions of you and me trash-talking.

— Julie James

Mrs Grayshott was no tattle-monger; and since she had a great deal of reserve Abby knew that only a stringent sense of duty could have forced her to overcome her distaste of talebearing. What she knew, either from her own observation, or from the innocent disclosures of her daughter, she plainly thought to be too serious to be withheld from Fanny's aunt. At the same time, thought Abigail, dispassionately considering her, the well-bred calm of her manners concealed an over-anxious disposition, which led her to magnify possible dangers.

— Georgette Heyer

I was once again, Miss Alexandria Charles Montague Collins, the flawless proper lady, pretentious to the help, and people pleaser-the well-bred Southern belle who wore the mask of perfection because no one wanted to see the truth underneath.

— Aleatha Romig

Even the few serious crimes that did occur received no particular attention in the news. For well-bred people do not, after all, care to read about the social gaffes of others.

— Arthur C. Clarke

If you are ambitious to talk well, you must be as much as possible in the society of well-bred, cultured people. If you seclude yourself, though you are a college graduate, you will be a poor converser.

— Orison Swett Marden

Sometimes I pine for the era of Miss Manners, when there were hard and fast rules dictating a well-bred individual's behaviour in any given situation.

— Lynn Coady

Passion is not well bred.

— Jeanette Winterson

It is to be regretted that the niceties of modern singing frighten our congregations from joining lustily in the hymns. For our part we delight in full bursts of praise, and had rather discover the ruggedness of a want of musical training than miss the heartiness of universal congregational song. The gentility which lisps the tune in well bred whispers, or leaves the singing altogether to the choir, is very like a mockery of worship. The gods of Greece and Rome may be worshipped well enough with classical music, but Jehovah can only be adored with the heart, and that music is the best for his service which gives the heart most play.

— Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Among well bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt for others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.

— David Hume

Well-bred English people never have imagination ...

— Dorothy L. Sayers

One can be well-bred and write bad poetry

— Moliere

No dog is as well bred or as well mannered or as distinguished and handsome.

— Eugene O'Neill

Civility is a desire to receive civilities, and to be accounted well-bred.

— Francois De La Rochefoucauld

A well-bred youth neither speakes of himselfe, nor being spoken to is silent.

— George Herbert

It has been said that good prose should resemble the conversation of a well-bred man.

— W. Somerset Maugham

I really think next to the consciousness of doing a good action, that of doing a civil one is the most pleasing; and the epithet which I should covet the most next to that of Aristides, would be that of well-bred.

— Lord Chesterfield

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