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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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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Never listen to the conversation of two persons who have thus withdrawn from a group.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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9-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

A man of real intelligence and cultivated mind is generally modest. He may feel when in everyday society, that in intellectual acquirements he is above those around him; but he will not seek to make his companions feel their inferiority, … Continue reading

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8-37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

Never, during a general conversation, endeavor to concentrate the attention wholly upon yourself. It is quite as rude to enter into conversation with one of a group, and endeavor to draw him out of the circle of general conversation to … Continue reading

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