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Mrs. C.E. Humphry

  • I suppose there was never yet a woman who had not somewhere set up on a pedestal in her brain an ideal of manhood. ... He never is finished till the brain of his creator ceases to work, till she has added her last touch to him, and has laid down the burden of life and gone elsewhere, perhaps to some happy land where ideals are more frequently realised than ever happens here.

  • What is politeness in the home but the outcome of affection and self-respect, and the suppression of all those natural instincts of self-seeking that, allowed their way, produce the worst manners in the world?

  • This sentiment of self-contempt is a frequent one in young people of both sexes. Their valuation of themselves varies as much as the barometer, and is as much affected by outward causes.

  • The well-mannered man never puts out his hand in greeting until a lady extends hers. This is a test of good breeding that is constantly applied. ... The first move in the direction of cordiality must come from the lady, the whole code of behaviour being based on the assumption that she is the social superior.

  • It must always be borne in mind that the assumption of woman's social superiority lies at the root of these rules of conduct.

  • The ready apology covers a multitude of social sins.

  • The ideal life is that which has few friends, but many acquaintances.

Mrs. C.E. Humphry, Irish journalist, writer

(1854 - 1925)

Full name: Charlotte Eliza Graham Humphry.