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[ Also see Ancestry Courtesy Foppery Gentility Ladies Man Manners Nobility Youth ]

Oh! St. Patrick was a gentleman,
  Who came of decent people;
    He built a church in Dublin town,
      And on it put a steeple.
      - Henry Bennett, St. Patrick Was a Gentleman

Of the offspring of the gentilman Jafeth come Habraham, Moyses, Aron, and the profettys; also the Kyng of the right lyne of Mary, of whom that gentilman Jhesus was borne.
      - Juliana Berners (Bernes or Barnes),
        Heraldic Blazonry

He is like to be mistaken who makes choice of a covetous man for a friend, or relieth upon the reed of narrow and poltroon friendship. Pitiful things are only to be found in the cottages of such breasts; but bright thoughts, clear deeds, constancy, fidelity, bounty and generous honesty are the gems of noble minds, wherein (to derogate from none) the true, heroic English gentleman hath no peer.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

That man will never be a perfect gentleman who lives only with gentlemen. To be a man of the world we must view that world in every grade and in every perspective.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Our manners, our civilization, and all the good things connected with manners and civilization, have, in this European world of ours, depended for ages upon two principles: I mean the spirit of a gentleman, and the spirit of religion.
      - Edmund Burke

He had then the grace, too rare in every clime,
  Of being, without alloy of fop or beau,
    A finish'd gentleman from top to toe.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Tho' modest, on his unembarrass'd brow
  Nature had written--"Gentlemen."
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto IX, st. 83)

The gentleman is a Christian product.
      - George Henry Calvert

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

He that bears himself like a gentleman, is
  Worth to have been born a gentleman.
      - George Chapman

Measure not thy carriage by any man's eye,
  Thy speech by no man's ear; but be resolute
    And confident in doing and saying;
      And this is the grace of a right gentleman.
      - George Chapman

A gentleman has ease without familiarity, is respectful without meanness; genteel without affectation, insinuating without seeming art.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Religion is the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It alone will gentilize, if unmixed with cant.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

You may depend upon it, religion is, in its essence, the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It will alone gentilize, if unmixed with cant; and I know nothing else that will, alone. Certainly not the army, which is thought to be the grand embellisher of manners.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

But nature, with a matchless hand, sends forth her nobly born,
  And laughs the paltry attributes of wealth and rank to scorn;
    She moulds with care a spirit rare, half human, half divine,
      And cries, exulting, "Who can make a gentleman like mine?"
      - Eliza Cook

There are some spirits nobly just, unwarp'd by pelf or pride,
  Great in the calm, but greater still when dash'd by adverse tide;--
    They hold the rank no king can give, no station can disgrace;
      Nature puts forth her gentleman, and monarchs must give place.
      - Eliza Cook

The best of men
  That e'er wore earth about him was a sufferer;
    A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
      The first true gentleman that ever breathed.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker), The Honest Whore
         (pt. I, act I, sc. 2)

I was ne'er so thrummed since I was a gentleman.
      - Thomas Dekker (Decker), The Honest Whore
         (pt. I, act IV, sc. 2)

He whom we call a gentleman is no longer the man of Nature.
      - Denis Diderot

To be a gentleman does not depend upon the tailor or the toilet. Good clothes are not good habits. A gentleman is just a gentle-man,--no more, no less; a diamond polished, that was first a diamond in the rough.
      - Bishop George Washington Doane

His tribe were God Almighty's gentlemen.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 645)

A gentleman is always a gentleman; but the butterflies of society differ as much in their moods as does that insect in its colors.
      - Adelaide Billet Dufresnoy

God knows that all sorts of gentlemen knock at the door; but whenever used in strictness and with any emphasis, the name will be found to point at original energy.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman--repose in energy.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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