Rules of Behavior: If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Speak not injurious words, neither in jest nor earnest; Scoff at none, although they give you occasion.

G. Washington’s “Rules of Behavior” as found in Stepping Stones to Literature: A Reader for the Seventh Grades (1898)

Have you noticed that many of George’s rules have modern day versions? My father always said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Twitter would cease to exist if people followed this rule.