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The Art of Conversation

Grace Goldoni

Though originally published in 1866, Martine’s Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness by Arthur Martine contains a treasure trove of timeless — and increasingly timely — pointers on the necessary art of living up to our social-animal destiny.

“In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”

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