When George Washington wrote the above the lines he was in his teens. They were scribbled out in Washington’s notebook under the heading: Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation.
There is some contention as to the originality and authorship of said rules. The 14-or 15-year old Washington might have copied or paraphrased them from other sources. Still, it’s remarkable that he should care about his mannerisms and presentation so keenly. He must have felt that these things mattered and could, with attention, help him rise economically and socially.
It goes without saying that all leaders would be wise to follow the above rules.
3 George Washington Quotes Every Leader Should Know
1. “Be careful not to let saliva escape with your words, nor any spittle fly into the faces of those with whom you converse.”
2. “Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out of your Chamber half Drest.”
3. “Do not pare your nails in public, much less gnaw them.”