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This advice from Good Housekeeping in 1886 highlights several “better” choices in life. It suggests avoiding borrowing whenever possible, preferring clear and understandable language, minding one’s own business, and not turning friends into creditors. Additionally, it recommends keeping frustrations internal, especially for friends, and using others’ mistakes as lessons rather than sources of amusement.
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Advice from Good Housekeeping published in 1886
- It is better never to borrow, if you can possibly avoid it.
- It is better that language should be luminous rather than vo-luminous.
- It is better to mind your own business than to let other people mind it for you.
- It is better to make friends with your creditors if you can, but never make a creditor of your friend.
- It is better to fret inwardly than outwardly, inwardly for our friends, outwardly for our enemies.
- It is better to make the follies of others rather a warning and instruction to ourselves than a subject of mirth and mockery of those who commit them.