Our Deportment: Or, the Manners, Conduct, and Dress of the Most Refined American Society, Comprising Rules of Etiquette, Social Forms and Ceremonies, Forms of Letters, Invitations, Etc., Also Suggestions on Home Culture and Training

W. C. King, 1881 - 424 Seiten

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Seite 284 - Set not yourself at the upper end of the table; but if it be your due, or the master of the house will have it so, contend not, lest you should trouble the company. When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously, in reverence and honor, and obey your natural parents. Let your recreations be manful, not sinful. Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
Seite 284 - 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.
Seite 282 - 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.
Seite 18 - This is, of course, compatible with heroic bodily strength and mental firmness ; in fact, heroic strength is not conceivable without such delicacy. Elephantine strength may drive its way through a forest and feel no touch of the boughs ; but the white skin of Homer's Atrides would have felt a bent rose-leaf, yet subdue its feeling in glow of battle, and behave itself like iron.
Seite 280 - In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming noise, nor drum with your fingers or feet.
Seite 284 - 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.
Seite 125 - They have a proverb here that fruit is gold in the morning, silver at noon, and lead at night.
Seite 281 - 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.
Seite 282 - 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.
Seite 29 - Gentleness in society, it has been truly said, " is like the silent influence of light, which gives color to all nature ; it is far more powerful than loudness or force, and far more fruitful. It pushes its way silently and persistently, like the tiniest daffodil in spring, which raises the clod, and thrusts it aside by the simple persistence of growing.

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