Donnerstag, 3. März 2011 von Karin S. Wozonig
Veröffentlicht in 19. Jahrhundert,Literatur,Welt

Knigge-Humor english version

Above all things let us never foget that people want to be amused and entertained; that even the most instructive conversation at last becomes irksome to many if it be not seasoned by occasional fallies of wit and good humour; further, that nothing in the world appears to the generality wittier, wiser and more pleasant than what is said to their praise and flatters their vanity; but that it also is beneath the dignity of a rational man to act the mean part of a jester, and unworthy of an honest man to flatter meanly. There is a certain medium which I wish to recommend to you. Every man has at least one good quality which we may praise without degrading ourselves; and an encomium of that sort uttered by a man of understanding and of judgment may become an impulse to strive at greater perfection. This hint will be sufficient for those that are inclined to understand me…. True humour and genuine wit cannot be forced nor produced by art and mental toils; but they are felt like the presence of a celestial being, creating pleasure, congenial warmth and secret awe.

Practical Philosophy of Social Life; or, The Art of Conversing with Men; After the German of Baron Knigge. By P. Will. First American Edition. 1805

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