Had to share this one-liner with you, carrying such a sweep of historical perspective and cultural nuance. I hope at least some of you will use it the next time you’re confronted with curmudgeonly or uncouth behaviour. Let me know if you do.
‘He checked himself and grumbled angrily, “Manners have died since the French Revolution.”’
Source: Donald Hall, Romanian Furrow (London: Bene Factum Publishing, 2007), p. 59
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