George Washington's Rules of Civility

George Washington's Rules of Civility

by George Washington, Moncure D. Conway

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George Washington's Rules of Civility by George Washington, Moncure D. Conway

As a schoolboy in Virginia, George Washington took his first steps toward greatness by hand copying a list of 110 "Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation." Based on a 16th-century set of precepts compiled for young gentlemen by Jesuit instructors, the Rules of Civility were one of the earliest and most powerful forces to shape America's first president.


Most of the Rules are concerned with details of etiquette, offering pointers on such issues as how to dress, walk, eat in public and address one's superiors. But these maxims are much more than "mere" etiquette; they address moral issues, but indirectly. They seek to form the inner man (or boy) by shaping the outer.


This edition of the Rules, which Moncure D. Conway compiled a century and a half after Washington wrote them, are taken from his original papers. Conway's research results in a collection that includes not only 110 maxims, but their histories and origins as well. His detailed introduction also offers a view into how these Rules made their way into young Washington's life. He also explains the import of this volume, writing "I am no worshipper of Washington. But in the hand of that man of strong brain and powerful passions once lay the destiny of the New World, in a sense, human destiny. But for his possession of the humility and self-discipline underlying his Rules of Civility, the ambitious politicians of the United States might to-day be popularly held to a much lower standard."


More than a century ago, Conway also expressed the desire that "the time is not far distant when in every school right rules of civility will be taught as a main part of the curriculum." We can still hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627556316
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 08/14/2014
Pages: 84
Sales rank: 411,820
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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George Washington's Rules Of Civility 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ColleenAZ More than 1 year ago
I bought this in conjunction with our book club selection for April, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. We all enjoyed both. the Towles book was kind of an updated "Great Gatsby" and really much more entertaining. The George Washington book was handed down to my 16-year-old grand-daughter. You just can't get enough indoctrination on civility. Washington's book should be required reading. Then, maybe we would all be a bit more cognizant of the benefit of behaving civilly.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Some are inadvertently humorous, but an entertaining and pleasant read. I only wish it were longer.
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