“Being male is a matter of birth, being a man is a matter of age, being a gentleman is a matter of choice.”
This is one of our favorite quotes. Probably because so many men actively choose NOT to be a gentleman. The term once meant a guy once had high social status. Those men knew how to act and to treat people.
A gentleman is a guy who treats other people in a proper and polite way. So simple. And what goes around comes around.
Imagine if every dad – and man – tried just a little bit harder to treat everyone with a little more respect. This world might just get a little bit better. Try it today, dads. Go out of your way to be just a little bit more of a gentleman.
Here are quotes about being a gentleman that dads should share with their sons.
Quotes about being a gentleman
“Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.” ― Luigi Pirandello
“A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.” ― Lana Turner
“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.” ― Oscar Wilde
“Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same.” ― Xun Zi
“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
“I don’t know what I’ll be like when I’m 60. I already have the traits of a retired gentleman.” ― David Williams
“No gentleman ever discusses any relationship with a lady.” ― Keith Miller
“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.” ― Frederick Douglass
“The era of gentleman racing drivers is ended.” ― Enzo Ferrari
“And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman.” ― Anthony Trollope
“Though I can make a lord, but only God can make a gentleman.” – King James I
“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” ― John Locke
“If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others.” ― Xun Zi
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” ― Jane Austen
“I was brought up to be a gentleman. That means you know how to walk, talk and dress the part.” ― Brian McKnight
“Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman.” ― Edwin Hubbel Chapin
“The consummate gentleman on the planet today is George Clooney, who never fails to go the extra mile for people. Every person matters to George.” ― Anna Kendrick
“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
“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
“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.” ― George Bernard Shaw
“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
“Chivalry: It’s the little boy that kisses my hand, the young man who holds the door open for me, and the old man who tips his hat to me. None of it is a reflection of me, but a reflection of them.”― Donna Lynn Hope