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Keep skid chains on your tongue; always say less than
you think. Cultivate a low, persuasive voice. How you
say it counts more than what you say.
Make promises sparingly, and keep them faithfully,
no matter what it costs.
Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging
word to or about somebody. Praise good work, regardless
of who did it. If criticism is needed, criticize helpfully,
Be interested in others, their pursuits, their work,
their homes and families. Make merry with those who
rejoice; with those who weep, mourn. Let everyone you
meet, however humble, feel that you regard him as a
person of importance.
Be cheerful. Don't burden or depress those around
you by dwelling on your minor aches and pains and small
disappointments. Remember, everyone is carrying some
kind of a load.
Keep an open mind. Discuss but don't argue. It is
a mark of a superior mind to be able to disagree without
Let your virtues speak for themselves. Refuse to talk
of another's vices. Discourage gossip. It is a waste
of valuable time and can be extremely destructive.
Be careful of another's feelings. Wit and humor at
the other person's expense are rarely worth it and may
hurt when least expected.
Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you.
Remember, the person who carried the message may not
be the most accurate reporter in the world. Simply live
so that nobody will believe them. Disordered nerves
and bad digestion are a common cause of backbiting.
Don't be too anxious about the credit due you. Do
your best, and be patient. Forget about yourself, and
let others "remember." Success is much sweeter that