Essay # 1
Good manners make a man great and perfect. A good mannered person is admired by all in society. It makes a person optimistic and graceful in life. Good manners are more important than the Laws of the State. We should be well mannered at home. We should respect our elders and love those who are younger than us. We should co-operate with each other in doing domestic work. We should keep our home tidy and dirt free. We should always respect and entertain the guests who visit us.
Good manners should also be taught at the school. We should learn to respect our teachers. We should never misbehave in class. We should always maintain discipline in our lives. We should never break the belongings of the school. We should always lend a hand to those students who are weak in their studies.
Good manners play a significant role in social life. We should be polite and courteous to others. We should be courteous even while turning down the unreasonable wishes of others. We should treat everybody equal. If we are in a group, we should talk less and pay attention to what others say. We should always add ‘please’ to get any favour and should never forget to say thank you as a courtesy for the favour done. By being good to others, a person becomes great in others heart.
Essay # 2
If a man is a bundle of habits, a gentleman is a bundle of manners. As in the Middle Ages in Europe, the highest glory of man was to call himself a Christian, so in the twentieth century, the highest tribute that could be paid to a man is to call him a gentleman.
A man of good manners is an ornament, but a rude man is a plague to society. Manners are the ornament of an action; as there is a way of speaking a kind word or speaking a kind thing, which greatly enhances their value. Good manners have always been the hallmark of noble souls. Christ washed the feet of his disciples. Lord Krishna washed the feet of his Brahmin guest. George Washington took his hat off to a negro who saluted him. A friend of his reprimanded him for showing so much regard to a Negro as to take off his hat to him but he replied that he could not allow a Negro to surpass him in good manners.
Good manners are indispensable to all. They are a better possession than wealth, beauty, or talent. The civility of speech and action is the only thing required of man. A French woman went to the length of saying that she could not tolerate a breach of good manner though she could never be put out by insults. Thus civility and courtesy are of greatest value to man. A merchant who is not courteous soon loses his customers. A public officer who is uncourteous becomes unpopular soon. If a lawyer wishes to succeed at the bar, he must be courteous to his clients. If a professor likes to be popular he must deal with the students in a courteous manner. If a principal wishes to manage his staff satisfactorily he must not forget to be courteous to them. A salesman requires it most to dispose of his goods. A student requires it if he requires to be respected by his class-fellow, and a master needs it if he wants his servants to work for him and hold him in high esteem.
A man who does not possess good manners cannot become a well-bred man. It was very clearly expressed by Dr. Johnson when he said that the difference between a well-bred and ill-bred man is that one immediately attracts one’s liking, the other one’s aversion. “You love the one”, he observes, “till you find reasons to hate him; you hate the other till you find a reason to love him.” It is true that “manners make a man and want of it a fellow.”
Good manners lend charm to persons. They enhance the nobility of one’s nature and the beauty of one’s soul. A man may be very noble, but if he is not mannerly in his conduct and behaviour he is liable to be misunderstood because he cannot be agreeable to those with whom he comes in contact. On the other hand, a treacherous man passes off for a gentleman and
wins the love and affection of his fellowmen if he is courteous in his behavior and is of amicable and sweet disposition. Such is the magical influence of good manners.