Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.
Learning is acquired by reading books, but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men, and studying all the various facets of them.
Frequent and loud laughter is the characteristic of folly and ill manners.
In my mind, there is nothing so illiberal, and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.
Observe it, the vulgar often laugh, but never smile, whereas well-bred people often smile, and seldom or never laugh. A witty thing never excited laughter, it pleases only the mind and never distorts the countenance.
Wear your learning like a watch and do not pull it out merely to show you have it. If you are asked for the time, tell it; but do not proclaim it hourly unasked.
Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one.
One should always think of what one is about: when one is learning, one should not think of play: and when one is at play, one should not think of one's learning.
Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately.
Speak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry.
A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercise; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.
Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.
A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.
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