"Rules Of Behavior"

by George Washington

Read no letters, books, or papers in company;
But when there is a necessity for doing it,
You must ask to leave.

Come not near the books or writing 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.

Give not advice without being asked,
And when desired, do it briefly.

Be not curious to know the affairs of others,
Neither approach to those that speak in private.

Reproach none for the infirmities of nature,
Nor delight to put them that have them in mind thereof.

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