Rules for politeness should be unnecessary. But although we have no belief in rules, there are certain hints which may be useful. There is a natural rhythm in life which varies with temperament. Quietness and gravity and steadiness of feature are signal marks of good breeding. Approachableness and patience in giving up the whole of one’s attention to those who seek it at the moment, are needed. Few things are so vulgar as to be everlastingly in a hurry. Egotism is also a mark of ill-breeding; one should beware of unnecessary apologies, for apology is only egotism in another form. Serious discussion with disinterested people on one’s personal domestic troubles, and particularly on one’s health, is decidedly bad form; so is carelessness in speech and conversation in any direction.
From Health and Personality by John S. Griffiths, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., D.L., published by Hodder and Stoughton LTD, London, 1924
The Obituary of John S. Griffiths published in the British Medical Journal May 20, 1933
Dr. J. S. GRIFFITHS, who died last month, had practised in Bristol for forty years. He received his medical education at Bristol and at King’s College, obtaining the diplomas M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. in 1891. In this same year he was largely responsible for starting the work of the St. John Ambulance in Bristol, and was commissioner for the West of England District for many years, being made Knight of Grace of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. During the war Dr. Griffiths was county director of the British Red Cross Society, and among his manifold duties as such organized the whole of the transport of wounded soldiers from Bristol and Avonmouth. He held several public appointments in Bristol, and was for twenty years medical officer to Queen Victoria Convalescent Home. Apart from his medical career Dr. Griffiths was a man of wide interests, and, in addition to being a member of the Arts Committee of Bristol University, was one of the founders of the Clifton Arts Club, subsequently becoming its chair-man. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Gloucestershire, from which he resigned this year owing to ill-health. A well-known figure in Bristol, Dr. Griffiths will be greatly missed by all with whom he came in contact, and the memory of his kindliness and care will be cherished in many homes.
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