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" Email is very informal, a memo. But I find that not signing off or not having a salutation bothers me. "
" We already know that anonymous letters are despicable. In etiquette, as well as in law, hiring a hit man to do the job does not relieve you of responsibility. "
" When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed. "
" Many people mistakenly think a new technology cancels out an old one. "
" People read informality as, 'Do whatever you feel like,' and whatever you feel like might be disastrous. "
" Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress. "
" Hypocrisy is not generally a social sin, but a virtue. "
" 'Honesty' in social life is often used as a cover for rudeness. But there is quite a difference between being candid in what you're talking about, and people voicing their insulting opinions under the name of honesty. "
" Obviously I'm going to be polite, so nobody has anything to fear from me. "
" Over the last couple of decades, the personalization of the office changed dramatically... there's an informality people often take for the absence of rules - which it's not. "
" My children did not go through a stage of being rude to their parents. I'm sorry if that sounds incredible. "
" Etiquette is all human social behavior. If you're a hermit on a mountain, you don't have to worry about etiquette; if somebody comes up the mountain, then you've got a problem. It matters because we want to live in reasonably harmonious communities. "
" We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society. "
" Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet. "
" The language of clothing is high symbolism and we all, in moments where we need to know this, realize it. "
" First. I began my career as a copy girl. and the White House coverage, for example, was in the then-Women's section. So it was social coverage. It wasn't news, although we often got rather startling news out of it. "
" Most people who work at home find they do not have the benefit of receptionists who serve as personal guards. "
" You glance at an e-mail. You give more attention to a real letter. "
" Presents are symbolic. When you give them in your personal life, they should show that you are paying attention to the person to whom you're giving them. "
" Freedom without rules doesn't work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette. "
" Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children. "
" Etiquette does not render you defenseless. If it did, even I wouldn't subscribe to it. But rudeness in retaliation for rudeness just doubles the amount of rudeness in the world. "
" 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. "
" It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. "
" When people start hurling insults at you, you know their minds are closed and there's no point in debating. You disengage yourself as quickly as possible from the situation. "
" 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. "
" I try to behave myself, and I succeed. "
" I am a traditionalist, and I'm an innovator. Most of what I do is to weigh change and legislate to the best of my ability on what should change and what should not. Do I have a respect for tradition? Of course I do. Do I have a blind belief in it? No. "
" One of the big no-nos in cyberspace is that you do not go into a social activity, a chat group or something like that, and start advertising or selling things. This etiquette rule is an attempt to separate one's social life, which should be pure enjoyment and relaxation, from the pressures of work. "
" The greater the controversy, the more you need manners. "
" We're now seeing email that people thought they had deleted showing up as evidence in court. You can't erase email. As that becomes more commonly realized, people will be a little wiser about what they type. "