Quote of the week

In an age of rudeness and incivility, it is a tragedy whenever we lose someone who worked diligently to maintain higher standards in her own life. The following incident in the life of Princesse Ghislaine de Polignac (1918-2011) illustrates the point nicely:

She took a dim view of a society figure who became depressed and threw himself out of the window at his host’s chateau, landing in the moat (so that it was a long time before his body was found). Declaring this to be bad manners because lunch had been delayed, she added: “Listen. If you want to die, there are plenty of places in the world where you can go. You go to Dubrovnik, you put on a moustache and you say you’re a Croat. Someone will certainly kill you.”

Everything in its time, in its place.

(Via Fark.)

4 comments

  1. Tatyana »

    5 February 2011 · 7:32 pm

    Well, if sleeping with the husband of your benefactor or relaying confidential details of your friends’ life to a gossip writer is considered higher standards just because of a skill to turn everything into a bon mot suitable for Duke and Duchess’ dinner table…than I suppose she was a marvel of civility.

  2. CGHill »

    5 February 2011 · 7:52 pm

    I suppose this is what I get for borrowing Nigel Tufnel’s Irony Generator.

  3. Tatyana »

    5 February 2011 · 8:44 pm

    you lost me, once again

  4. McGehee »

    6 February 2011 · 10:40 am

    Actually I think you turned that one up to 12.

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