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It is not polite to invite persons to your house, when you do not desire to see them.

It is not polite to have foul teeth. A brush should be used after every meal.

It is not polite to question others, in idle curiosity, respecting that with which you have no concern.

It is not polite to utter the ideas of another as your own, and thus attempt to shine in borrowed plumage.

It is not polite to take down a book, or any article, in a store or dwelling-house and not return it to its proper place.

It is not polite to stand at the corners of the streets to stare at those who pass, or to make improper remarks.

It is not polite to wear a peculiar dress, or pursue any irregular course for the sake of oddity or notoriety.

It is not polite to speak unadvisedly to another, or to thrust your opinion, unsolicited, upon a neighbor.  

It is not polite to vote for yourself as a candidate for office, or to solicit the votes of your friends.

It is not polite, if you insist on wearing mourning on the death of a friend to wear that mourning garb for too long a period. When we see ladies persist in wearing sable, we are reminded of the reply a young widow made to her mother: “Don’t you see,” said she, “it saves me the expense of advertising for a husband.”

It is not polite for ladies to wear dresses so long that people are continually stepping upon them.   

Hints of Common Politeness (Boston: 1867)

https://archive.org/stream/hintsoncommonpol00cole#page/n107/mode/2up

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