Monday, February 21, 2011

George Washington's Code of Conduct

Allow me to share on this day what is known as George Washington's "Code Of Conduct."

These are a few of his personal character qualities that made him the man that he was, and why he is still held in high esteem to this day.

In one of his writing-books he copied many good rules and sayings. Here are some of these sayings:

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise.

Be not forward, but friendly and courteous.

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

Be not tedious in disclosure.

Speak not evil of the absent, for it is unjust.

Let your recreations be manful, not sinful.

When a man does all that he can, though it succeeds not well, blame him not.

Mock not, nor jest at anything of importance; break no jests that are sharp-biting, and, if you deliver anything witty and pleasant, abstain from laughing thereat yourself.

Use no reproachable language against any one, neither curse nor revile.

Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation.

Be not immodest in urging your friend to discover a secret.

Speak not of doleful things in time of mirth, nor at the table.

Break not a jest where none takes pleasure in mirth.

Laugh not aloud, nor at all without occasion.

When you speak of God or His attributes, let it be seriously, in reverence.

May we hear and heed these words from the one we offer gerateful memories this day.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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