Quotation by Andre Maurois

In France it is rude to let a conversation drop; in England it is rash to keep it up. No one there will blame you for silence. When you have not opened your mouth for three years, they will think: "This Frenchman is a nice quiet fellow." Be modest. An Englishman will say, "I have a little house in the country"; when he invites you to stay with him you will discover that the little house is a place with three hundred bedrooms. If you are a world tennis-champion, say, "Yes, I don't play too badly." If you have crossed the Atlantic alone in a small boat, say, "I do a little sailing."
Andre Maurois (1885–1967), French author, critic. Three Letters on the English, Infinite Riches: Gems from a Lifetime of Reading, ed. Leo Rosten, McGraw-Hill (1979).
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