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16-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Avoid, in conversation all subjects which can injure the absent. A gentleman will never calumniate [slander] or listen to calumny. Source

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15-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

In speaking of your friends, do not compare them, one with another. Speak of the merits of each one, but do not try to heighten the virtues of one by contrasting them with the vices of another. Source

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13-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Speak of yourself but little. Your friends will find out your virtues without forcing you to tell them, and you may feel confident that it is equally unnecessary to expose your faults yourself. Source

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The Things He Has To Do

A good and devout man arranges in his mind the things he has to do, not according to the whims of evil inclination but according to the dictates of right reason. Who is forced to struggle more than he who … Continue reading

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12-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Make your own share in conversation as modest and brief as is consistent with the subject under consideration, and avoid long speeches and tedious stories. If, however, another, particularly an old man, tells a long story, or one that is … Continue reading

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11-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Never listen to the conversation of two persons who have thus withdrawn from a group. If they are so near you that you cannot avoid hearing them, you may, with perfect propriety, change your seat. Source

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10-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

It is as great an accomplishment to listen with an air of interest and attention, as it is to speak well. To be a good listener is as indispensable as to be a good talker, and it is in the … Continue reading

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