George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation
Before he was 16, George Washington copied and adapted 110 rules of civility based on a work created in the 16th century as a guide for young gentleman. Washington took these rules to heart and they strongly influenced him throughout his life. Many of the rules deal with etiquette, and many others concern deeper matters that touch on self-respect, wise judgment, honor, success, and integrity. These rules give a glimpse into the habits and manners of the Founding Era, but they are timeless principles still relevant for all ages today.