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.


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.     

Talfourd

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