From the Book of Virtues:
- 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.
- Be punctual as to time, precise as to payment, honest and thoughtful in all your transactions, whether with rich or poor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A true lady or gentleman will never disparage one of the other sex by word or deed.
- Always remember that a book that has been loaned you is not yours to loan to another.
- Mention your wife or your husband with the greatest respect, even in your most familiar references.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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