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Gentleman Quotes


These are some of the best 'Gentleman' quotations and sayings.

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A gentleman is a man who can play the accordion but doesn't.

A gentleman is man who can disagree without being disagreeable.

A man may learn from his Bible to be a more thorough gentleman than if he had been brought up in all the drawing-rooms in London.

A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.

Gentleman is a term that does not apply to any station, but to the mind and feelings in every station.

He that can enjoy the intimacy of the great, and on no occasion disgust them by familiarity, or disgrace himself by servility, proves that he is as perfect a gentleman by nature, as his companions are by rank.

It is a grand old name, that of gentleman, and has been recognized as a rank and power in all stages of society. To possess this character is a dignity of itself, commanding the instinctive homage of every generous mind, and those who will not bow to titular rank will yet do homage to the gentleman. His qualities depend not upon fashion or manners, but upon moral worth; not on personal possessions, but on personal qualities.

It is difficult to believe that a true gentleman will ever become a gamester, a libertine, or a sot.

Men of courage, men of sense, and men of letters are frequent; but a true gentleman is what one seldom sees.

Once a gentleman, always a gentleman.

Perhaps a gentleman is a rarer man than some of us think for. Which of us can point out many such in his circle; men whose aims are generous, whose truth is not only constant in its kind, but elevated in its degree; whose want of meanness makes them simple, who can look the world honestly in the face with an equal manly sympathy for the great and the small.

Perhaps propriety is as near a word as any to denote the manners of the gentleman. - Elegance is necessary to the fine gentleman; dignity is proper to noblemen; and majesty to kings.

Propriety of manners and consideration for others are the two main characteristics of a gentleman.

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman - repose in energy. The Greek battle pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect.

The flowering of civilization is the finished man - the man of sense, of grace, of accomplishment, of social power - the gentleman.

The real gentleman should be gentle in everything, at least in everything that depends on himself, - carriage, temper, constructions, aims, desires. He ought therefore to be mild, calm, quiet, even, temperate, - not hasty in judgment, not exorbitant in ambition, not overbearing, not proud, not rapacious, not oppressive; for these things are contrary to gentleness.

The taste of beauty, and the relish of what is decent, just, and amiable, perfect the character of the gentleman and the philosopher. And the study of such a taste or relish will be ever the great employment and concern of him who covets as well to be wise and good as agreeable and polite.

To be a gentleman is to be honest, to be gentle, to be generous, to be brave, to be wise, and possessing all those qualities to exercise them in the most graceful outward manner.

To make a fine gentleman, several trades are required, but chiefly a barber.


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