Quotes and Sayings about Gentleman



"The gentleman puts me in mind of an old hen which persists in setting after her eggs are taken away."
- Fisher Ames
(Related: Gentleman, Mind, Old)

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Lady, Gentleman, Pleasure)

"Any gentleman with the slightest chic will give a girl a fifty dollar bill for the powder room."
- George Axelrod
(Related: Gentleman, Will)

"No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Death, Soul, English, Gentleman)

"The intelligent are to the intelligentsia what a gentleman is to a gent."
- Stanley Baldwin
(Related: Gentleman)

"The more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman."
- Sydney Biddle Barrows
(Related: Act, Lady, Gentleman)

"With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half."
- Otto von Bismarck
(Related: Fraud, Gentleman)

"This is now a global war on terror and, indeed, it is important, it is imperative that we win in the battles in Afghanistan and that we win in the battles in Iraq. And as the gentleman from Georgia has mentioned, this is not something that is going to be quick and easy."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: War, Afghanistan, Gentleman, Iraq, Now, Quick, Terror)

"I used to be with a publishing house called Roosevelt Music. A gentleman there told me he had seen Peggy Lee perform Fever in Las Vegas and I found out later she wanted to record it."
- Otis Blackwell
(Related: Music, Gentleman, Publishing)

"Our community is like many around the country that have, as the gentleman from New York referenced, sophisticated planning and zoning regulations. These are elements that are developed as a result of local community pressure to balance interests."
- Earl Blumenauer
(Related: Balance, Community, Country, Gentleman, Planning, Pressure, Result)

"His locked, lettered, braw brass collar, Shewed him the gentleman and scholar."
- Robert Burns
(Related: Gentleman)

"If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Business, Gentleman)

"No lady is ever a gentleman."
- James Branch Cabell
(Related: Lady, Gentleman)

"The Crows are very handsome and gentlemanly Indians in their personal appearance: and have been always reputed, since the first acquaintance made with them, very civil and friendly."
- George Catlin
(Related: Acquaintance, Crows, First)

"The minute you try to talk business with him he takes the attitude that he is a gentleman and a scholar, and the moment you try to approach him on the level of his moral integrity he starts to talk business."
- Raymond Chandler
(Related: Business, Attitude, Gentleman, Integrity, Talk)

"Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Gentleman, Vice)

"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Romance, Adventure, Gentleman, Lonely)

"All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Idea, Chance, Gentleman, Giving, Trouble)

"When I began playing the game, baseball was about as gentlemanly as a kick in the crotch."
- Ty Cobb
(Related: Baseball)

"Aaron is not at all what his image might indicate. He's fiercly loyal and a true and total gentleman. He's very shy but has very strong opinions. He's into everything, wardrobe, hair, script, casting."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Gentleman, Hair, Opinions)

"'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman."
- William Congreve
(Related: Education, Gentleman, University)

"Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind, and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman."
- James F. Cooper
(Related: Quality, Breeding, Candor, Gentleman, Mind, Proof)

"Ladies and Gentleman, the Bronx is burning."
- Howard Cosell
(Related: Ladies, Gentleman)

"The old sergeant from headquarters treats me like a son and takes the greatest pride in whatever I do or write. He regularly assigns me now to certain doors, and I always obey orders like the little gentleman that I am."
- Richard H. Davis
(Related: Son, Gentleman, Now, Old, Pride)

"In the western part of England lived a gentleman of large fortune, whose name was Merton."
- Thomas Day
(Related: EnglFortune, Gentleman, Name)

"I am at heart a gentleman."
- Marlene Dietrich
(Related: Heart, Gentleman)

"The right honourable gentleman caught the Whigs bathing, and walked away with their clothes. He has left them in the full enjoyment of their liberal positions, and he is himself a strict conservative of their garments."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Clothes, Conservative, Enjoyment, Gentleman, Liberal, Right)

"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."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Related: Money, Emotion, Gentleman, Worth)

"A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me."
- Frederick Douglass
(Related: Gentleman, Insult, Will)

"A gentleman can live through anything."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Gentleman)

"A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine."
- John Gay
(Related: Company, Contempt, Gentleman, World)

"I formally proposed. I'm a good Southern gentleman."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Gentleman)

"Church is great, but I found my church here. Hugh Hefner has been nothing but a gentleman."
- Jessica Hahn
(Related: Church, Gentleman, Nothing)

"No gentleman can be without three copies of a book: one for show, one for use, and one for borrowers."
- Richard Heber
(Related: Gentleman)

"By the by, if the English race had done nothing else, yet if they left the world the notion of a gentleman, they would have done a great service to mankind."
- Gerard Manley Hopkins
(Related: English, Gentleman, Mankind, Nothing, Race, Service, World)

"Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself."
- William Ralph Inge
(Related: Opportunity, Gentleman, Prayer)

"The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Inspiration, Bible, Gentleman, Ignorance)

"Ladies and gentleman, I've suffered for my music, now it's your turn."
- Neil Innes
(Related: Music, Ladies, Gentleman, Now)

"I can make a lord, but only God can make a gentleman."
- King James I
(Related: God, Gentleman)

"If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman."
- John Keegan
(Related: American, English, Gentleman)

"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."
- Charles Kingsley
(Related: Bible, Gentleman, London, May)

"The Englishman wants to be recognized as a gentleman, or as some other suitable species of human being, the American wants to be considered a good guy."
- Louis Kronenberger
(Related: American, Being, Gentleman)

"This story is based on a gentleman who indeed did... used to come to my parents' house in 1971 from Bangladesh. He was at the University of Rhode Island. And I was four, four years old, at the time, and so I actually don't have any memories of this gentleman."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Time, Gentleman, Memories, Old, Parents, University, Years)

"Finally, gentleman, from the considerations above mentioned, as I cannot consistently with my own honor, nor with utility to my country, considering the manner in which Business is transacted here, remain any longer in this chair, I now resign it."
- Henry Laurens
(Related: Business, Country, Gentleman, Honor, Now)

"Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him."
- John Locke
(Related: Education, Company, Gentleman, Reading, Reflection)

"A gentleman has his eyes on all those present; he is tender toward the bashful, gentle toward the distant, and merciful toward the absent."
- Lawrence G. Lovasik
(Related: Eyes, Gentleman, Present)

"When we saw our plane on TV as breaking news, it was the most surreal experience. A lot of the women were crying. There was a gentleman who was writing in his journal and crying. Seeing that isn't easy."
- Taryn Manning
(Related: Women, Experience, Gentleman, News, Writing)

"An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be."
- Steve Martin
(Related: Apology, Dignity, Gentleman, Wrong)

"It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Gentleman, Writer)

"A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can't fold a paper in a crowded train."
- Phyllis McGinley
(Related: Baby, Lady, Gentleman, Intuition)

"The object of golf is not just to win. It is to play like a gentleman, and win."
- Phil Mickelson
(Related: Gentleman, Golf, Play)

"No gentleman ever discusses any relationship with a lady."
- Keith Miller
(Related: Lady, Gentleman)

"I was a little doubtful about the propriety of going to the Mammoth Cave without a gentleman escort, but if two ladies travel alone they must have the courage of men."
- Maria Mitchell
(Related: Men, Travel, Courage, Ladies, Gentleman)

"Hollywood does not write parts for people like me, an elderly gentleman, and when they find out you're crippled, forget about it. No, I'll never work again."
- Ricardo Montalban
(Related: Work, People, Elderly, Forget, Gentleman, Hollywood)

"I'm trying to be more of a gentleman."
- Jason Mraz
(Related: Gentleman, Trying)

"Ice T was just a pleasure to work with. He was a smart gentleman."
- Judd Nelson
(Related: Work, Gentleman, Pleasure)

"Forty-five States, as the gentleman just said, have determined by people that were elected by the people of that State that marriage is the definition of one man and one woman."
- Randy Neugebauer
(Related: Marriage, People, Gentleman, State, states, Woman)

"It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Gentleman, Pain)

"It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Gentleman, Pain)

"John Wayne was a consummate gentleman. Bigger than life."
- Jennifer O'Neill
(Related: Life, Gentleman)

"The only principles of public conduct that are worthy of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate, ease, health, and applause, and even life, to the sacred calls of his country."
- James Otis
(Related: Health, Life, Sacrifice, Applause, Country, Gentleman, Principles, Public)

"I'm not confident with the ladies. I can't just ask someone out in a club. I'd like to say I'm a gentleman."
- Christopher Parker
(Related: Ladies, Gentleman)

"How large and varied is the educational bill of fare set before every young gentleman in Great Britain; and to judge by the mental stamina it affords him in most cases, what a waste of good food it is!"
- James Payn
(Related: Food, Gentleman, Waste)

"The gentleman had also a young daughter, of rare goodness and sweetness of temper, which she took from her mother, who was the best creature in the world."
- Charles Perrault
(Related: Mother, Daughter, Gentleman, Goodness, Sweetness, Temper, World)

"The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him."
- William Lyon Phelps
(Related: Gentleman, Respect, Service)

"This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him."
- William Lyon Phelps
(Related: Respect, Service)

"Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time."
- Luigi Pirandello
(Related: Time, Gentleman)

"I could I trust starve like a gentleman. It's listed as part of the poetic training, you know."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Trust, Gentleman, Training)

"All I want is a gentleman. I'm sick to bloody death of bastards."
- Katie Price
(Related: Death, Gentleman, Want)

"I'm very much a gentleman in what I do."
- Little Richard
(Related: Gentleman)

"The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a gentleman to a lady is, I am now, dear Madam, your humble servant: Pray be so good as to let me be your Lord and Master."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: English, Lady, Gentleman, Now)

"George Pal had total control, and he was there on the set every day. You never met a more charming man in your entire lifetime - what a lovely gentleman."
- Ann Robinson
(Related: Control, Day, Gentleman)

"Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage."
- Theodore Roosevelt
(Related: Courage, Courtesy, Gentleman)

"A gentleman opposed to their enfranchisement once said to me, women have never produced anything of any value to the world. I told him the chief product of the women had been the men, and left it to him to decide whether the product was of any value."
- Anna Howard Shaw
(Related: Women, Gentleman, Value, World)

"A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Gentleman, World)

"Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Gentleman, Reading)

"The glorious uncertainty of the law was a thing well known and complained of, by all ignorant people, but all learned gentleman considered it as its greatest excellency."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: People, Gentleman, Law, Uncertainty)

"I find it sad that by not talking about who I sleep with, that makes me mysterious. There was a time when I would have been called a gentleman."
- Kevin Spacey
(Related: Time, Gentleman, Sleep, Talking)

"Marriage: a ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Ceremony, Lady, Gentleman)

"The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Devil)

"I like to be bought flowers and taken out for dinner. I like a man to be a gentleman. I don't like to be treated as if I am brainless. I like to be respected and to give respect."
- Sharon Stone
(Related: Flowers, Gentleman, Respect)

"I remember feeling that Michael was extremely sensitive when it came to that moment. Most directors are and they usually rely, at least in my experience, on the actress to take over. And Michael is a gentleman."
- Madeleine Stowe
(Related: Experience, Feeling, Gentleman)

"The only infallible rule we know is, that the man who is always talking about being a gentleman never is one."
- Robert Smith Surtees
(Related: Being, Gentleman, Talking)

"I loved the gentlemanly way they treated each other. It was unlike anything I was used to. I started helping them strike the set and, at 11, began taking acting classes privately."
- Jeffrey Tambor
(Related: Acting)

"And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Gentleman)

"I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Dress, Gentleman)

"The hon. gentleman had better spare his interrogations if they are as senseless as that one."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Gentleman)

"A gentleman is simply a patient wolf."
- Lana Turner
(Related: Gentleman)

"Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure."
- Thorstein Veblen
(Related: Gentleman, Leisure)

"He is every other inch a gentleman."
- Rebecca West
(Related: Gentleman)

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Feelings, Gentleman)

"A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words."
- Kong Fu Zi
(Related: Deeds, Gentleman, Words)

"If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Ability, Gentleman)

"Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same."
- Xun Zi
(Related: Gentleman)