Post Wisdom


Emily Post by Miguel Covarrubias (Vanity Fair, December 1933)

Maxims on Tact:

If you have any ambition
to be sought after in society
you must not talk about
the unattractiveness of old age to the elderly,
about the joys of dancing and skating to the lame,
or about the advantages of ancestry
to the self-made.

It is also dangerous, as well as needlessly unkind,
to ridicule or criticize others,
especially for what they can’t help. …
To say needlessly
“What an ugly girl!” or
“What a half-wit that boy is!”
can be of no value
except in drawing attention
to your own tactlessness.




~ by eaesthete on 04/01/09.

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