Gentleman Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gentleman quotes, gentleman sayings, and gentleman proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. But being a gentleman is a matter of choice.     

Srinivas Shenoy

He comes to the world, as a gentleman comes To a lodging ready furnished.     

Thomas Hood

No gentleman can be without three copies of a book: one for show, one for use, and one for borrowers.     

Richard Heber

We must be gentle now we are gentlemen.     


A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.     

Lana Turner

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

Denis Diderot

A gentleman can see a question from all sides without bias.The small man is biased and can see a question only from one side.     


The look of a gentleman is little else than the reflection of the looks of the world.     


A gentleman with a pug nose is a contradiction in terms.     

Edgar Allan Poe

Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.     

Samuel Johnson

We have only one rule here - to act like a gentleman at all times.     

Robert E. Lee

If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others.     


It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.     

John Henry Newman

Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy.     

A. J. P. Taylor

You will be judged by what you succeed at gentlemen, not by what you attempt     

Clement Attlee

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


A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman's heart.     

Shannon L. Alder

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

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

Luigi Pirandello

A gentleman respects every women in his life. If you can't respect your own mother, forget about respecting your girlfriend.     

James Merrow

A gentleman can live through anything.     

Oscar Wilde

A Gentleman is a prime example of what a man should be.     

Pontius Joseph

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

A gentleman is one who doesn't and cant forgive himself for self-committed mistake even if others forget it and the self-criticism is a mark of his right attitude towards life.     

Anuj Somany

Believe me, there exists no such dilemma as that in which a gentleman is placed when he is forced to reply to a blackguard.     

Edgar Allan Poe

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.     

Oscar Wilde

A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit.     

Ian Fleming

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally     

Oscar Wilde

Make money and the whole nation will conspire to call you a gentleman.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

George Bernard Shaw

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

Robert Smith Surtees

Being a Gentleman, has more to do with hiding his flaws, than exhibiting the virtues!     

Ramana Pemmaraju

The true gentleman is subtly poised between an inner tact and an outer defense.     

Puzant Kevork Thomajan

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced.     

Robert Walpole

Gentlemen don't read each other's mail.     

Henry L. Stimson

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

Charles Dickens

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

Theodore Roosevelt

Gentleman is a term which does not apply to any station, but to the mind and the feelings in every station.     


You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman.     

John Wayne

A gentleman is one who understands and shows every mark of deference to the claims of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from them.     

William Hazlitt

It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.     

John Henry Newman

The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.     

William Lyon Phelps

A real gentleman is as polite to a little girl as to a woman.     

Louisa May Alcott

A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.     

Tom Waits

A gentleman is any man who wouldn't hit a woman with his hat on.     

Fred Allen

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.     

Frederick Douglass

Most gentlemen don't like love, they just like to kick it around.     

Cole Porter

The definition of a gentleman is a man who enters a revolving door in front of you and exits behind you.     

Chloe Thurlow

A man who needs women to prove his worth is a man who'll never be worthy. A Gentleman finds his worth in himself and his pride in a women.     

Moyo Adekoya