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I recently received this little book from a friend written by my relative not long ago I discovered that President George Washington was my 3 cousin, 6 times removed The 110 Rules which are set forth in this little 30 page book are interesting but understandably written in what from today s point of view is very archaic language Almost all of Washington s Rules are what would generally be considered common sense An example of both the archaic language and common sense to which I refer is R I recently received this little book from a friend written by my relative not long ago I discovered that President George Washington was my 3 cousin, 6 times removed The 110 Rules which are set forth in this little 30 page book are interesting but understandably written in what from today s point of view is very archaic language Almost all of Washington s Rules are what would generally be considered common sense An example of both the archaic language and common sense to which I refer is Rule 79 Be not apt to relate news if you know not the truth thereof In discoursing of things, name not your author always a secret discover not Another interesting one is 9 Spit not in the fire, nor stoop low before it Neither put your hands into the flames to warm them, nor set your feet upon the fire, especially if there be meat before it A final example is 82 Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise Book 49 of 2014 Target 50 Jan 5 Feb 3 Mar 4 Apr 3 May 4 Jun 4 Jul 5 Aug 1 Sep 5 Oct 10 Nov 3 Dec 3 Originally written in about 1595, good manners never really go out of style do they these rules governed the conduct of our first president George Washington Here is the first 1 Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.This one had my boys laughing 13 Kill no vermin, or fleas, lice, ticks, etc in the sight of others if you see any filth or thick spittle put your foot dexterously upon it if it be upon the clothes of your companions, p Originally written in about 1595, good manners never really go out of style do they these rules governed the conduct of our first president George Washington Here is the first 1 Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.This one had my boys laughing 13 Kill no vermin, or fleas, lice, ticks, etc in the sight of others if you see any filth or thick spittle put your foot dexterously upon it if it be upon the clothes of your companions, put it off privately, and if it be upon your own clothes, return thanks to him who puts it off.Though I m not sure I agree with the first part, I heartily agree with the latter Only The best kind of friend and companion will tell you if there is spinach in your teeth or toilet paper on your shoe The aphorisms 110 in all Washington collected and lived by At times offers an unexpected glimpse into colonial American life Difficult to understand in some areas due to the older style of English.Excerpts 1 Every action done in company, ought to be with some sign of respect, to those that are present 3 Show nothing to your friend that may affright him 15 Keep your nails clean and short, also your hands and teeth clean yet without showing any great concern for them 1 The aphorisms 110 in all Washington collected and lived by At times offers an unexpected glimpse into colonial American life Difficult to understand in some areas due to the older style of English.Excerpts 1 Every action done in company, ought to be with some sign of respect, to those that are present 3 Show nothing to your friend that may affright him 15 Keep your nails clean and short, also your hands and teeth clean yet without showing any great concern for them 17 Be no flatterer, neither play with any that delights not to be play d withal 21 Reproach none for the infirmities of nature 22 Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another though he were your enemy 23 When you see a crime punished, you may be inwardly pleased but always show pity to the suffering offender 24 Do not laugh too loud or too much at any publick spectacle 25 Superfluous compliments are to be avoided 29 When you meet with one of greater quality than yourself, stop, and retire especially if it be at a door or any straight place to give way for him to pass 38 In visiting the sick, do not play the physician if you be not knowing therein 40 Strive not with your superiors in argument, but always submit your judgment to others with modesty 43 Do not express joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary passion will aggravate his misery 44 When a man does all he can though it succeeds not well, blame not him that did it 49 Use no reproachfull language against any one neither curse nor revile 51 Wear not your clothes foul, ripped or dusty 52 In your apparel be modest and endeavor to accommodate nature, rather than to procure admiration keep to the fashion of your equals such as are civil and orderly with respect to times and places 54 Play not the peacock, looking every where about you, to see if you be well deck t, if your shoes fit well, if your stockings sit neatly, and clothes handsomely 56 Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for tis better to be alone than in bad company 58 Let your conversation be without malice or envy 63 A man ought not to value himself of his achievements, or rare qualities of wit much less of his riches, virtue or kindred 66 Be not forward but friendly and courteous 71 Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of others and ask not how they came 72 Speak not in an unknown tongue in company but in your own language and that as those of quality do and not as the vulgar sublime matters treat seriously 82 Undertake not what you cannot perform but be careful to keep your promise 89 Speak not evil of the absent for it is unjust 109 Let your recreations be manfull not sinfull 110 Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. Though an interesting look at what constituted proper behavior for upper class men in the 18th century, this edition is not particularly clear on the actual origin of the rules which were not written by Washington, but translated by him It is unlikely that most people from other walks of life followed these even at the time, which is why the comments in other reviews to the effect that people should follow thesestrictly today amuse me a little Though yes, there are some very good sugge Though an interesting look at what constituted proper behavior for upper class men in the 18th century, this edition is not particularly clear on the actual origin of the rules which were not written by Washington, but translated by him It is unlikely that most people from other walks of life followed these even at the time, which is why the comments in other reviews to the effect that people should follow thesestrictly today amuse me a little Though yes, there are some very good suggestions and much of what is suggested does contribute toward good manners, it s important to remember the cultural milieu of these things.One of the odder aspects is the emphasis on social rank, to include such things as what order a group of people should walk in, and who you can and cannot lodge with, even if the invitation is extended also based on rank Though there may be limited situations in which knowing these things might be useful today, I don t know very many people that exceptionally aware of their rank in comparison to others Some good suggestions, but also many suggestions that, if followed to the letter, would complicate a situationthan help it.So, in my view, it s mostly useful as a historical document that does help to illustrate the path to present day good manners It should not, for most people, be a strict rulebook to be taken at face value More importantly, published editions should offeranalysis of the origins of the rules than this edition seemed to do Well for me, basic principles what we now call protocol on how to conduct yourself in terms of clothing, eating, behaving, conversing But truth be told a lotpeople, the public really, should read this Not everyone has had protocol training But even so, this is something that we learn, and learn eventhroughout our lifetime And its a set of skills that will stick with you throughout your dealings with other people in whatever way.Manners are but fading and we need a renaiss Well for me, basic principles what we now call protocol on how to conduct yourself in terms of clothing, eating, behaving, conversing But truth be told a lotpeople, the public really, should read this Not everyone has had protocol training But even so, this is something that we learn, and learn eventhroughout our lifetime And its a set of skills that will stick with you throughout your dealings with other people in whatever way.Manners are but fading and we need a renaissance This is one small step to begin with.I recommend this book for those who wish to be a gentleman Unless your life says not to, well We are told that at age 14, George Washington wrote down 110 rules under the title Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation I doubt that anyone would question that he lived his life by these rules.Some, of course, we would consider antiquated, but there are many gems here Rule 1 Every action done in company ought to be done with some sign of respect to those that are present Rule 6 Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you sh We are told that at age 14, George Washington wrote down 110 rules under the title Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation I doubt that anyone would question that he lived his life by these rules.Some, of course, we would consider antiquated, but there are many gems here Rule 1 Every action done in company ought to be done with some sign of respect to those that are present Rule 6 Sleep not when others speak, sit not when others stand, speak not when you should hold your peace, walk not when others stop Rule 110 labour to keep alive in your breast that little celestial fire called conscience An excellent and natural place to start if you are interested in what it takes to form acivil society At the age of 14, George Washington translated and copied down a list of 110 French maxims on civility and decent behavior Reading these, I m willing to bet that Washington would be appalled at the current state of civility in the world, but then, I m sure there were also plenty of people in his own time that appalled him if he truly believed and followed all of these rules.I think my favorite of the bunch is number 12 Shake not the head, feet, or legs roll not the eyes lift not one eyebrow At the age of 14, George Washington translated and copied down a list of 110 French maxims on civility and decent behavior Reading these, I m willing to bet that Washington would be appalled at the current state of civility in the world, but then, I m sure there were also plenty of people in his own time that appalled him if he truly believed and followed all of these rules.I think my favorite of the bunch is number 12 Shake not the head, feet, or legs roll not the eyes lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth and bedew no man s face with your spittle by approaching too near him when you speak Firstly, I m willing to bet the French writer included the eyebrow thing just because he couldn t do it, and felt annoyed when others could Second, we really should use the word bedewoften these days.You may remember hearing this book get a mention on Aaron Sorkin s The West Wing President Bartlett is seen reading the book at one point and explains to his aide Charlie how the book came to be Then he calls Washington a poncy little twerp after reading one of the maxims the 2nd one, I believe I m too tired to Google it right now The quote from Bartlett could be off as well, but he definitely calls George poncy Supposedly written by Washington in his youth, it is said that he based it on rules of etiquette written by French Jesuit monks in the 15th century Some of the language is a little tough to understand and some of the rules are antiquated All in all though, a very good reference book for how to act appropriately in a variety of different situations He has stuff like, and I paraphrase Don t laugh at your own jokes , Don t ask about someone s personal business and Don t talk poorly of someo Supposedly written by Washington in his youth, it is said that he based it on rules of etiquette written by French Jesuit monks in the 15th century Some of the language is a little tough to understand and some of the rules are antiquated All in all though, a very good reference book for how to act appropriately in a variety of different situations He has stuff like, and I paraphrase Don t laugh at your own jokes , Don t ask about someone s personal business and Don t talk poorly of someone who is not present Good stuff Have endured a week of people that really need to read this book Then I realized I never rated it here Thinking over the little rules here really makes me smile, at least It s great fun with the writing style and manners covered I seem to remember something about do not bedew another man with your spittle by approaching too close when you speak p And while I think we can thank our lucky stars that some rules such as how to politely pick lice off oneself in public are no longer relevan Have endured a week of people that really need to read this book Then I realized I never rated it here Thinking over the little rules here really makes me smile, at least It s great fun with the writing style and manners covered I seem to remember something about do not bedew another man with your spittle by approaching too close when you speak p And while I think we can thank our lucky stars that some rules such as how to politely pick lice off oneself in public are no longer relevant, most of modern America could learn a great deal of practical civility from their Founding Father Copied out by hand as a young man aspiring to the status of Gentleman, George Washington s 110 rules were based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595 `Download Book ↝ George-Isms: The 110 Rules George Washington Lived by ☟ George isms also known as TheRules of Civility and Decent Behaviour is a text that George Washington wrote down when he was fourteen years old and used as a touchstone all his life Now, George Washington s one hundred ten rules are reprinted and handily translated into modern language that any young reader can understand As a moral compass as a glimpse of history or as a peek into the mind of our Founding Father, George isms is a book that no young American should be without