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...you simply wanted him to tell stories. People laugh and despise such a one.
Never tell a coarse story. No wit or preface can make it excusable.
Tell a story, if at all, only as an illustration, and not for itself. Tell it accurately.
Be careful in asking questions for the purpose of starting conversation or drawing out a person, not to be rude or intrusive.
Never take liberties by staring, or by any rudeness.
Never infringe upon any established regulations among strangers.Do not always prove yourself to be the one in the right. The right will appear. You need only give it a chance.
Avoid argument in conversation. It is discourteous to your host.
Cultivate paradoxes in conversation with your peers. They add interest to common-place matters. To strike the harmless faith of ordinary people in any public idol is waste, but such a movement with those able to reply is better.
Never discourse upon your ailments.
Never use words of the meaning or pronunciation of which you are uncertain.
Avoid discussing your own or other people's domestic concerns.
Never... Fowler, C. H.
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