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He is a noble gentleman; withal
  Happy in 's endeavours: the gen'ral voice
    Sounds him for courtesy, behavior, language,
      And ev'ry fair demeanour, an example:
        Titles of honour add not to his worth;
          Who is himself an honour to his title.
      - John Ford

The true gentleman is extracted from ancient and worshipful parentage. When a pepin is planted on a pepin-stock, the fruit growing thence is called a renate, a most delicious apple, as both by sire and dame well descended. Thus his blood must needs be well purified who is genteelly born on both sides.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

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

Gentleman, include me out.
      - Samuel Goldwyn

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.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The expression of a gentleman's face is not so much that of refinement, as of flexibility, not of sensibility and enthusiasm as of indifference; it argues presence of mind rather than enlargement of ideas.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The look of a gentleman is little else than the reflection of the looks of the world.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The gentleman is solid mahogany; the fashionable man is only veneer.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

He is the best gentleman that is the son of his own deserts, and not the degenerated heir of another's virtue.
      - Victor Hugo

A gentleman I could never make him, though I could make him a lord.
      - James I of England (James VI of Scotland),
        said to his old nurse, who begged him to make her son a gentleman

After all, there is such a thing as looking like a gentleman. There are men whose class no dirt or rags can hide, any more than they could Ulysses. I have seen such men in plenty among workmen, too; but, on the whole, the gentleman--by whom I do not mean just now the rich--have the superiority in that point. But not, please God, forever. Give us the same air, water, exercise, education, good society, and you will see whether this "haggardness," this "coarseness" (etc., for the list is too long to specify), be an accident, or a property, of the man of the people.
      - Charles Kingsley

The prince of darkness is a gentleman.
      - Christopher Marlowe

When Adam dolve and Eva span
  Who was then the gentleman?
      - Samuel Pegge, the Elder

A gentleman's first characteristic is that fineness of structure in the body which renders it capable of the most delicate sensation; and of structure in the mind which renders it capable of the most delicate sympathies; one may say simply "fineness of nature."
      - John Ruskin

Self-command is often thought a characteristic of high breeding. * * * A true gentleman has no need of self-command; he simply feels rightly in all directions on all occasions, and, desiring to express only so much of his feeling as it is right to express, does not need to command himself.
      - John Ruskin

The taste of beauty, and the relish of what is decent, just and amiable, perfects the character of the gentleman and the philosopher. And the study of such a taste or relish will, as we suppose, be ever the great employment and concern of him who covets as well to be wise and good, as agreeable and polite.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

A sweeter and a lovelier gentleman,
  Fram'd in the prodigality of nature,
    Young, valiant, wise, and, no doubt right royal;
      The spacious world cannot again afford.
      - William Shakespeare

An affable and courteous gentleman.
      - William Shakespeare

His years are young, but his experience old;
  His head unmellow'd, but his judgment ripe;
    And in a word (for far behind his worth)
      Come all the praises that I now bestow)
        He is complete in feature and in mind,
          With all good grace to grace a gentleman.
      - William Shakespeare

"I am a gentleman." I'll be sworn thou art;
  Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions and spirit,
    Do give thee five-fold blazon.
      - William Shakespeare

My master hath been an honorable gentleman; tricks he hath had in him which gentlemen have.
      - William Shakespeare

We are gentlemen,
  That neither in our hearts, nor outward eyes,
    Envy the great, nor do the low despise.
      - William Shakespeare

So please your majesty, my master hath been an honourable gentleman. Tricks he hath had in him, which gentleman have.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Parolles at V, iii)

Contend not, sir; for we are gentlemen
  Have neither in our hearts nor outward eyes
    Envied the great nor shall the low despise.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (First Knight at II, iii)

Gentle lady,
  When I did first impart my love to you,
    I freely told you all the wealth I had
      Ran in my veins--I was a gentleman--
        And then I told you true; and yet, dear lady,
          Rating myself at nothing, you shall see
            How much I was a braggart. When I told you
              My state was nothing, I should then have told you
                That I was worse than nothing; for indeed
                  I have engaged myself to a dear friend,
                    Engaged my friend to his mere enemy
                      To feed my means.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii)

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