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John Locke

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Let them have what instructions you will, and ever so learned lectures of breeding daily inculcated into them, that which will most influence their carriage will be the company they converse with, and the fashion of those about them.
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If you want to influence him at all, you must do more than merely talk to him ; you must fashion him, and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than you wish him to will.

 
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Good-breeding is opposed to selfishness, vanity, or pride. Never weary your company by talking too long or too frequently.

 
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