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The following "Unclassified Laws of Etiquette" were found in an out-of-print book published in 1897. Many of these guidelines for polite behavior are still valid today.

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Rules for Life - Manners Matter

  1. Never exaggerate.
  2. Never point at another.
  3. Never betray a confidence.
  4. Never wantonly frighten others.
  5. Never leave home with unkind words.
  6. Never neglect to call upon your friends.
  7. Never laugh at the misfortunes of others.
  8. Never give a promise that you do not fulfill.
  9. Never speak much of your own performances.
  10. Never make yourself the hero of your own story.
  11. Never send a present hoping for one in return.
  12. Never pick the teeth or clean the nails in company.
  13. Never fail to give a polite answer to a civil question.
  14. Never associate with bad company. Have good company or none.
  15. Never look over the shoulder of another who is reading or writing.
  16. Never seem to notice a scar, deformity or defect of any one present.
  17. Never punish your child for a fault to which you are addicted yourself.
  18. Never enter a room noisily; never fail to close the door after you, and never slam it.
  19. Never forget that if you are faithful in a few things, you may be ruler over many.
  20. Never will a gentleman allude to conquests which he may have made with ladies.
  21. Never send your guest, who is accustomed to a warm room, off into a cold, damp, spare bed to sleep.
  22. Never fail to answer an invitation, either personally or by letter, within a week after the invitation is received.
  23. Never fail to tell the truth. If truthful you get your reward. You will get your punishment if you deceive.
  24. Never compel a woman with an infant in arms to stand while you retain your seat.
  25. Never fail to say kind and encouraging words to those whom you meet in distress. Your kindness may lift them out of their despair.
  26. Never attempt to convey the impression that you are a genius by imitating the faults of distinguished men. Because certain great men were poor penmen, wore long hair, or had other peculiarities, it does not follow that you will be great by imitating their eccentricities.
  27. Never give all your pleasant words and smiles to strangers. The kindest words and the sweetest smiles should be reserved for home.

compiled by Miss Mary

Mind Your Manners!: A Kid's Guide to Proper Etiquette - $4.99

from: Dover Publications

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