Our Deportment: Or, The Manners, Conduct, and Dress of the Most Refined Society

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F. B. Dickerson & Company, 1880 - Etiquette - 415 pages
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Page 30 - A noble and attractive every-day bearing comes of goodness, of sincerity, of refinement. And these are bred in years, not moments. The principle that rules your life is the sure posture-master. Sir Philip Sidney was the pattern to all England of a perfect gentleman, but then he was the hero that, on the field of Zutphen, pushed away the cup of cold water from his own fevered and parching lips, and held it out to the dying soldier at his side...
Page 276 - In disputes be not so desirous to overcome as not to give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion, and submit to the judgment of the major part, especially if they are judges of the dispute.
Page 274 - Play not the peacock, looking everywhere about you to see if you be well decked, if your shoes fit well, if your stockings sit neatly, and clothes handsomely.
Page 276 - Be not apt to relate news if you know not the truth thereof. In discoursing of things you have heard, name not your author always.
Page 276 - When another speaks, be attentive yourself, and disturb not the audience. If any hesitate in his words, help him not, nor prompt him without being desired ; interrupt him not, nor answer him, till his speech be ended.
Page 274 - Let your conversation be without malice or envy, for it is a sign of a tractable and commendable nature ; and in all causes of passion admit reason to govern.
Page 123 - There is an old adage which declares that " fruit is gold in the morning, silver at noon, and lead at night.
Page 274 - Speak not of doleful things in time of mirth, nor at the table; speak not of melancholy things, as death, and wounds, and if others mention them, change, if you can, the discourse.
Page 277 - Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
Page 273 - Read no letters, books, or papers in company; but when there is a necessity for doing it, you must ask leave. Come not near the books or writings of any one so as to read them, unless desired, nor give your opinion of them unasked; also, look not nigh when another is writing a letter.

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