George Washington's Rules

George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation  Rule #5: “If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do it not loud but privately; and speak not in your yawning, but put you handkerchief or hand before your face and turn aside.”

Rule #47: “Mock not nor jest at anything of importance; break no jests that are sharp biting; and if you deliver anything witty and pleasant, abstain from laughing thereat yourself.”

Rule #52: “In your apparel be modest and endeavour to accommodate nature; rather than to procure admiration . . .”

Rule #56: “Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

Rule #74: “When another speaks be attentive yourself and disturb not the audience; . . . interrupt him not, nor answer him till his speech be ended.”

Rule #81: “Be not curious to know the affairs of others; neither approach those that speak in private.”

Rule #85: “ . . . speak not until you are asked a question, . . .”

Rule #108: “When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously & with reverence. Honour & obey your natural parents although they be poor.”

Rule #110: “Labour to keep alive in your breast that little celestial fire called conscience.”

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