10 quotes that perfectly encapsulate what it means to be a gentleman

If you type ‘how to be a gentleman’ into Google, you’re given over 42 million results. That’s a lot of advice, perhaps a lot of convoluted pointers on how to conduct and carry yourself. Take it from us, these 10 quotes from the wise and scholarly are all the guidance you need…

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY on COMPOSURE

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

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW on GIVING

“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”

THEODORE ROOSEVELT on MANNERS

“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”

CHARLES DICKENS on LOYALTY

“The word of a gentleman is as good as his bond; and sometimes better.”

ROBERT SMITH SURTEES on ARROGANCE

“The only infallible rule we know is, that the man who is always talking about being a gentleman never is one.”

TOM FORD on STYLE

“You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.”

HARUKI MURAKAMI on DOING RIGHT

“A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do, but what he should do.”

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT on CHIVALRY

“Gentlemen, be courteous to the old maids, no matter how poor and plain and prim, for the only chivalry worth having is that which is the readiest to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or colour.”

LUIGI PIRANDELLO on CONSISTENCY

“Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.”

CONFUCIUS on TRUST

“A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.”

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