Gentlemen Quotes

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Shannon L. Alder
“When you find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will stand in front of you when other’s cast stones, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who will hold your hand when your sick, who thinks your pretty without makeup, the one who turns to his friends and say, ‘that’s her’, the one that would bear your rejection because losing you means losing his will to live, who kisses you when you screw up, watches the stars and names one for you and will hold and rock that baby for hours so you can sleep… marry him all over again.”
Shannon Alder

Anna Godbersen
“Don't go looking for boys in the dark
They will say pretty things then
leave you with scars.
Do go looking for boys in the park
For that is where the true gentlemen are.”
Anna Godbersen, The Luxe

Jane Austen
“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner." (Elizabeth Bennett)”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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

Shannon L. Alder
“If you have feelings for someone, let them know. It doesn’t matter if they can be in your life or not. Maybe, it is just enough for both of you to release the truth, so healing can occur. The opposite is true, as well. If you don’t have feelings for someone then never let another person suggest that you do. Protect your reputation and be responsible for the wrong information spread about you. Never allow anyone to live with a false belief or unfounded hope about you. An honorable person sets the record straight, so that person can move on with their life.”
Shannon L. Alder

Louisa May Alcott
“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 to pay deference to the old, protect the feeble, and serve womankind, regardless of rank, age, or color.”
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Anna Godbersen
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that there will always be a gentleman to dance with, except at just the moment when you require one most.”
Anna Godbersen, Envy

Arthur Conan Doyle
“I should be very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush are, I think, all that we need.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

Oscar Wilde

Your duty as a gentleman calls you back.


My duty as a gentleman has never interfered with my pleasures in the smallest degree.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Patricia A. McKillip
“The young gentlemen who came calling seemed especially puzzling. They sat in their velvet shirts and their leather boots, nibbling burnt cakes and praising Diamond's mind, and all the while their eyes said other things. Now, their eyes said. Now. Then: Patience, patience. 'You are flowers,' their mouths said, 'You are jewels, you are golden dreams.' Their eyes said: I eat flowers, I burn with dreams, I have a tower without a door in my heart, and I will keep you there...
Patricia A. McKillip, Harrowing the Dragon

W. Somerset Maugham
“You've been brought up like a gentleman and a Christian, and I should be false to the trust laid upon me by your dead father and mother if I allowed you to expose yourself to such temptation.'

Well, I know I'm not a Christian and I'm beginning to doubt whether I'm a gentleman,' said Philip.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

“Playing the game means treating your dogs like gentlemen, and your gentlemen like dogs.”
Ted Tally, Terra Nova

Brandon Sanderson
“This is not a topic for gentlemen to discuss," he said with an airy tone.
"I'm neither gentle nor a man," Veil said.”
Brandon Sanderson, Rhythm of War

Romain Gary
“She must have said to herself that one can always rely on a gentleman when it’s a question of not understanding a woman.”
Romain Gary, The Roots of Heaven

Deanna Raybourn
“Gentlemen are champion sulkers so long as one doesn’t call the behavior by that name.”
Deanna Raybourn, A Perilous Undertaking

George Bernard Shaw
“MENDOZA. I am a brigand: I live by robbing the rich.

TANNER. [promptly] I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor. Shake hands.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

C.J. Sansom
“Never in England were there so many gentlemen and so little gentleness.”
C.J. Sansom, Tombland

Kazuo Ishiguro
“They wear their professionalism as a decent gentleman will wear his suit: he will not let ruffians or circumstance tear it off him in the public gaze; he will discard it when, and only when, he wills to do so, and this will invariably be when he is entirely alone. It is, as I say, a matter of 'dignity'.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“Perfection is not given to any man. But an aspiration to perfection—to the highest possible standards in every aspect of life—is possible.”
Brad Miner, The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry

Romain Gary
“This outlook is what it is — for better, for worse. I suppose I shall make everyone smile if I say that we were brought up to take our place in a world of gentlemen. We knew, of course, that there was the risk of sometimes being hit below the belt, but we were brought up in the belief that the blow below the belt was outside the law. The idea had never entered our heads that the blow below the belt might be the law, that that was how the game of life was played. You can, if you like, consider me an out-of-date old fool, but men of my kind simply never come in contact with the sort of circumstances that can produce a Morel or a Minna.”
Romain Gary, The Roots of Heaven

“I do not feel superior to nineteenth-century gentlemen or twelfth-century knights”
Brad Miner, The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry

“a gentleman today—however we may characterize him—may find his environment less congenial to his temperament.”
Brad Miner, The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry

“Men and women don’t have to be exactly equal, but a gentleman does have to allow a woman to be what she wants to be.”
Brad Miner, The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry

“The one principle which has controlled my conduct while a cadet, and which is apparent throughout my narrative, is briefly this: to find, if possible, for every insult or other offence a reason or motive which is consistent with the character of a gentleman. Whenever I have been insulted, or any thing has been done or said to me which might have that construction, I have endeavored to find some excuse, some reason for it, which was not founded on prejudice or on baseness of character or any other ungentlemanly attribute; or, in other words, I wanted to prove that it was not done because of my color. If I could find such a reason—and I have found them—I have been disposed not only to overlook the offence, but to forgive and forget it.”
Henry Ossian Flipper, The Colored Cadet at West Point: Autobiography of Lieutenant Henry Ossian Flipper, U. S. A., First Graduate of Color from the U. S. Military Academy

J.R. Potts
“I am a gentleman and like a good dog, a gentleman comes when a woman beckons him.”
J.R. Potts, Gathering of the Crimson Cloaks

“Intimacy reveals gentleness in brutes and brutality in gentlemen.”
Augusto Branco

Allene vanOirschot
“The innate beauty of women is found in the gentleness of men. ”
Allene vanOirschot, Daddy's Little Girl: A Father's Prayer

Finn Eccleston
“Murder is the one thing the police are guaranteed to look into. And if it ties back to us, to me, then we’re sunk.
So no murder. We conduct business fairly.
We’re gentlemen.”
Finn Eccleston, The Community

Marquis de Sade
“DOLMANCE — Fuck! is one expected to be a gentleman when one is stiff?”
Marquis de Sade, Philosophy in the Boudoir

“St. Vincent took in the curious tableau before him . . . the clusters of bewildered onlookers, the affronted ‌innkeeper . . . and the Earl of Westcliff, who stared at him with avid bloodlust.

The entire inn fell silent during that chilling moment, so that Westcliff’s quiet snarl was clearly audible. “By God, I’m going to butcher you.”
It Happened One Autumn: The Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas

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