Monday, September 6, 2010

George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior, Part 2


I know you fans of civility and decent behavior are in a big sweat for another heaping helping of advice from young George Washington (yes, he of the cherry tree). The first five, with the skinny on where they came from, are HERE.

6. Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not on when others stop.

7. Put not off your clothes in the presence of others, nor go out of your chamber half dressed.

8. At play and attire, it's good manners to give place to the last comer, and affect not to speak louder than ordinary.

9. Spit not into the fire, nor stoop low before it; neither put your hands into the flames to warm them, nor set your feet upon the fire, especially if there be meat before it.

10. When you sit down, keep your feet firm and even, without putting one on the other or crossing them.

Thanks GW!

4 comments:

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

Uh-oh, I'm a leg crosser from way back.

Deka Black said...

For the first part of 6... The talk of some indoviduals is so boring, they are able to make sleep a boulder.

By the way, "fans of civility and decent behavior", good line, is called "to have good manners", right? ;)

Charles Gramlich said...

Man, George was a man of manners for sure.

Evan Lewis said...

I'm a great admirer of good manners - in other people.