George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior are based on a set of rules originally written by French Jesuits. Washington wrote out the 110 rules by hand. There are plenty of gems to be found in this list and most are still very much applicable to modern society. I've written previously on the blog about the lack of civility we are facing as a society. We could all use a good refresher on manners, courtesy, and deportment. I've chosen ten of my favorite quotations to share and have linked the full list at the bottom of this post.

 

1st Every action done in company, ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.

6th Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not when others stop.

19th Let your countenance be pleasant but in serious matters, somewhat grave.

22nd Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another though he were your enemy.

38th In visiting the sick, do not presently play the physician if you be not knowing therein.

42nd Let they ceremonies be proper to the dignity of his place with whom thou converse for it is absurd to act the same with a clown and a prince.

56th Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

62nd Speak not of doleful things in a time or mirth or at the table; Speak not of melancholy things as death and wounds, and if others mention them, change if you can the discourse.

89th Speak not evil of the absent for it is unjust.

110th Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

Click here to read the full list.