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13 ettiquette reminders

From the Book of Virtues:

  1. Never break an engagement when one is made, whether of a business or social nature. If you are compelled to do so, make an immediate apology either by note or in person.
  2. Be punctual as to time, precise as to payment, honest and thoughtful in all your transactions, whether with rich or poor.
  3. Never look over the shoulder of one who is reading or intrude yourself into a conversation in which you are not invited or expected to take part.
  4. Tell the truth at all times and in all places. It is better to have a reputation for truthfulness than one for wit, wisdom, or brilliancy.
  5. Avoid making personal comments regarding a person’s dress, manners, or habits. Be sure you are all right in these respects, and you will find your have quite enough to attend to.
  6. Always be thoughtful regarding the comfort and pleasure of others. Give the best seat in your room to a lady, an aged person, or an invalid.
  7. Ask no questions about the affairs of your friend unless he wants your advice. Then he will tell you all he desires to have you know.
  8. A true lady or gentleman will never disparage one of the other sex by word or deed.
  9. Always remember that a book that has been loaned you is not yours to loan to another.
  10. Mention your wife or your husband with the greatest respect, even in your most familiar references.
  11. If you have calls to make, see that you attend to them punctually. Your friends may reasonable think you slight them when you fail to do so.
  12. Be neat and careful in your dress, but take care not to overdress. The fop is almost as much of an abomination as the slovenly man.
  13. If wine or liquors are used on your table or in your presence, never urge others to use them against their own inclinations.


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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