|Images of Autumn
|I found a neat little book written by George Washington when he was 14
years old, titled "Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and
Conversation." The rules were inspired by an English-translated
French book of maxims he'd read. There are 110 "Rules of Civility" in
George Washington's book. I've included a few below.
|Rules of Civility by George Washington
In the presence of others, sing not to yourself with a humming
noise, nor drum with your fingers or feet.
Show nothing to your friend that may affright him.
|Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not
when you should hold your peace, walk not on when others stop.
Superfluous compliments are to be avoided, yet where due,
they are not to be neglected.
|Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any.
Be not apt to relate news if you know not the truth thereof.
Let your conversation be without malice.
Do not express joy before one who is sick or in pain, for that
contrary passion will aggravate his misery.
|Make no show of taking great delight in your food; cut your bread
with a knife; and lean not on the table.
If you soak your bread in the sauce, let it be no more than what you
put in your mouth at a time; and blow not on your broth at table,
but let it stay till it cools of itself.
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