How do you define a Gentleman (and are you one)?

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#1
There is another thread about cufflinks which has strayed into the territory of how to define a Gentleman. So I thought I'd start another and ask how you define a Gentleman and whether you think you are or not.

Two definitions I've heard are that a Gentleman never takes a pish in the shower - even if he is alone, and a Gentleman is only ever rude on purpose - I fail both of those tests.

It has also been said that manners (or clothes) maketh the man but I've met some very well mannered, very well turned out sh1ts in my time and being a biker I've met many Gentlemen wearing leathers - not to mention clad in all sorts in the Army.

So how do you define a Gentleman?
 
#3
The first headmaster of Stowe school, JF Roxburgh, declared his goal to be turning out young men who would be "acceptable at a dance and invaluable in a shipwreck."

It sounds bloody good to me - I sincerely hope that I am, and my kids are raised with this goal. Fuck etiquette. Appropriate swearing is essential!
 
#6
The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He cannot only forgive, he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which impart sufficient strength to let the past be but the past. A true man of honor feels humbled himself when he cannot help humbling others.
 
#7
Then there's the old story about the old chap who holds a door open for a woman who turns out to be a feminist and she is insulted by it.
She says to him:
"Did you hold that door open for me because I'm a woman?"
To which he replies:
"No madam, I held it open because I'm a gentleman".
 
#8
I is a Gent cos I was CAV
 
#9
A true gentleman never spits when he pisses, or so I was told.
 
#12
Just remembered a story I heard about Charlie Haughey the ex Taioseach.

Apparently he was fond of fox hunting. He was out one day when he lost the rest of the hunt, he saw an old paddy stood next to a gate and asked the old-un "have you seen any gentlemen ride past this way" The old-un replied "god bless you sir, I haven't seen a gentleman for 30 years or more"
 
#13
A Gentleman would / should not throw his sweet papers out of a car window - at least, that's what I was told as I got yet another thrashing*


*Mind you, after a while you begin to enjoy it... :lol:
 
#14
In the wonderful reference work What Jane Austen Ate and What Charles Dickens Knew, "A gentleman was defined by law as someone with no regular trade or occupation."

So yes, I am a gentleman, in a broad interpretation of the above.
 
#15
BarkingSpider said:
Then there's the old story about the old chap who holds a door open for a woman who turns out to be a feminist and she is insulted by it.
She says to him:
"Did you hold that door open for me because I'm a woman?"
To which he replies:
"No madam, I held it open because I'm a gentleman".
Lucky he didn't say "No you stupid bint, I am the door man".
 
#17
It's like that Churchill quote "Mr Churchill you are drunk" "yes madam and you are ugly, but tomarrow I will be sober" a real gent
 
#18
Is it one who dresses to the left, or the right?
 
#19
roadster280 said:
I always thought a gentleman took the weight on his elbows.
I always thought the saying was that a gentleman always uses his elbows - adds a totally new dimension to fisting
 
#20

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