Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour

Posted: Oct 02 2011

 by George Washington
written before the age of 16

1. Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.

2. When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usualy Discovered.

3. Shew Nothing to your Freind that may affright him.

4. In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.

5. If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put Your handkercheif or Hand before your face and turn aside.

For the full list of George Washington's good manners, click here.


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