Excerpt from The Man Who Pleases and the Woman Who Charms
The makers of books have been divided into two classes - the creators and the collectors. In preparing this volume the author has made no claim to a place in the first division, for he has been, to a great extent, only a collector. The facts which the book contains are familiar to intelligent people, and the only excuse offered for presenting them in a new dress is that we need to be reminded often of some truths with which we are most familiar.
In our daily intercourse with one another, we may forget to render to others that thoughtfulness and attention which we exact from them.
We all know that the essence of courtesy is the purpose, in speech and manner, to be agreeable, attractive, and lovable, to awaken by our presence happy impressions in another. We all understand this, but we so easily forget it, or, at least, forget to put it into practice.
Courtesy is not the least of the Christian virtues, and it should be studied as an art.
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