Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Who is a gentleman?

Robert E. Lee’s classic Definition of a Gentleman.

The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.

Okay, confession is that Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is the first person that comes to mind when I think of a gentleman. So gorgeously handsome. I love the picture above because it was captured during the part of the movie when he has been doing everything he can to forget about Elizabeth Bennett, and then she shows up at Pemberly and throws him completely off. Oh gosh, I love A&E's super long version of Pride & Prejudice!

Anyway, a friend sent this quote from Robert E. Lee to me a few months ago, and I came across it again while I was cleaning out emails today and had to share. :)



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