Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. ~ Psalm 71:8

On manners in general the Whig statesman Edmund Burke spoke for conventional wisdom, which considered them to be essential to society’s well-being; they represented nothing less than the accumulated wisdom of civilization. If morals were principles by which right should be distinguished from wrong, manners were the outward expression of these principles in relationships. ~ Voices from the World of Jane Austen, by Malcolm Day