Monday, February 18, 2008

Tips from Washington's self-help manual

As a teen, George Washington copied a 16th century self-help book written by Jesuit priests. The future president copied all 110 tips into a notebook. An article by David Holzel titled Tips from Washington's self-help manual has the details.

Here are a few of the tips:

- Kill no vermin, as 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.

- In company of those of higher quality than you, speak not till you are ask'd a question, then stand upright, put off your hat, and answer in few words.

- Make no show of taking great delight in your victuals. Feed not with greediness. Eat your bread with a knife (i.e. cut it into small pieces), lean not on the table, neither find fault with what you eat.

- Shew not yourself glad at the misfortune of another though he were your enemy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good things to remember! True then...true now. Well, we could use a refresher course on some of them. :-)