evil communications corrupt good manners

Proper conduct is harmfully influenced by false information or knowledge; also used to assert the deleterious effect of bad example. With allusion to I CORINTHIANS xv. 33 (AV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

c 1425 J. ARDERNE Treatises of Fistula (EETS) 5 Shrewed speche corrumpith gode maners.

1533 MORE Debellation [subjugation] of Salem xiv. (As saynt Poule speketh of such heresyes) euyl communication corrupteth good maners.

1749 FIELDING Tom Jones IV. XII. iii. I heartily wish you would..not think of going among them.—Evil Communication corrupts good Manners.

1874 TROLLOPE Phineas Redux I. xvi. [The horse] would have taken the fence..but Dandolo had baulked..and evil communications will corrupt good manners.

1939 W. S. MAUGHAM Christmas Holiday ii. A disposition of such sweetness that no evil communication could corrupt his good manners.

1973 ‘M. INNES’ Appleby’s Answer ii. One can’t be too careful in choosing a well-bred cat’s company... Evil communications corrupt good manners.


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