Writers On Good Manners

Robert Heinlein
Robert Heinlein

I’ve been pondering the deterioration of public discourse. The occasion of Robert Heinlein’s birthday brings to mind this quote:

“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

Which reminds me of this:

“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.”

― Robert E. Howard

8 thoughts on “Writers On Good Manners”

  1. Very interesting insight indeed, the lack of ‘skin in the game’ in online forums as opposes to tight knit communities can have negative consequences for public discourse

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