Thursday, May 30, 2024

Quotes on Being a Gentleman

Being a gentleman never goes out of fashion. So read on.

As men, sometimes we get caught up in the daily business of life, and we forget that being called a gentleman is not a right, but a privilege. By studying the inspiring quotes of wise men (and women) before us, we are reminded that being a great man takes hard work, determination, patience, and humility…among other qualities.

Even if we momentarily lose our way, often all we need is a few encouraging words—or stern reminders—to keep us striving to be our best selves. Below are 101 motivational quotes that will inspire you to be a better man.

101 Motivational Gentleman Quotes


“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.”
–George Bernard Shaw

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
–Henri Bergson

“A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.”
–George Savile          

“As a general rule, it pays to be confident, helpful and nice.”
–Colin Wright

“Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.”
–Benjamin Disraeli

“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.”
–Desmond Tutu

“Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”
–Greg King

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis of all human morality.”
–Winston Churchill


“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.”
–John Locke

“Actions prove who someone is, words just prove who they want to be.”

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”
–Bob Dylan    

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
–Ian Maclaren

“A gentleman knows his actions carry more weight than any words spoken.”

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
–Albert Einstein

“Etiquette is more important than a handshake. It’s code for the way things are done.”

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”
–Steve Jobs


“A wise person knows that there is something to be learned from everyone.”

“Be humble. Be hungry. And be the hardest worker in the room.”
–Dwayne Johnson

“Celebrate the effort, for it is in the trying that you discover you.”
–Sima Dahl

“Don’t hide your scars, they make you who you are.”
–Frank Sinatra

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
–Steve Martin

“Behind every great man stands no woman. There is no greater man than the man that can acknowledge the woman standing right next to him.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
–Winston Churchill

“Champions train, losers complain.”

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
–Dalai Lama


“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.”
–Theodore Roosevelt

“Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.”
–Richard Carlson

“Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude.”
–Ralph Marston

“Don’t wait until you are ready to take action. Instead, take action to be ready.”
–Jensen Siaw

“I live my life through fear. If I’m afraid of it I’ll do it just so I’m not afraid of it anymore.”
–Jeremy Renner

“Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.”

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
–William Ernest Henley

“You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.”
–Abraham Lincoln

“Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but it improves its chances.”
–B.J. Gupta


“Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. But being a gentleman is a matter of choice.”
–Vin Diesel

“I think you should take you job seriously, but not yourself. That is the best combination.”
–Dame Judi Dench   

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
–Thomas Jefferson

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
–Napoleon Hill

“I walk slowly, but never backward.”
–Abraham Lincoln

“Hardship is the native soil of manhood and self-reliance.”
–John Neal

“If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”
–Conan O’ Brien

“It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning.”
–Francis Atterbury

“Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect.”
–Charles Nix


“Make it simple, but significant.”
–Don Draper

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
–Bill Gates      

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
–Babe Ruth

“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
–Mother Teresa

“All successes begin with self-discipline. It starts with you.”
–Dwayne Johnson

“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”
–Michael Jackson

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
–Neale Donald Walsch

“Action always beats intention.”

“Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.”
–Dean Jackson


“Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.”
–Luigi Pirandello

“Manners matter. Good looks are a bonus. Humor is a must.”

“Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.”
–Norman Mailer

“A man is only as good as his words are.”
–Frank Sinatra

“Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.”
–Marlon Brando

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can even hear and the blind can see.”
–Mark Twain

“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”
–Ron Swanson

“Only take advice from someone you want to trade places with.”

“Never leave a good act undone just because it’s small.”
–Liu Bei


“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”
–Al Pacino

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
–Maya Angelou

 “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”
–Bryant H. McGill

“One of the main reasons people fail to reach their full potential is because they are unwilling to risk anything.”
–Zig Ziglar

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.”
–Ann Landers

“Our attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards us.”
–Jimmy John N. Mitchell

“Patience is a key element of success.”
–Bill Gates

“Never spend your money before you have earned it.”
–Thomas Jefferson

“Potential means nothing if you don’t do anything with it.”

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.”
–Laurence Sterne


“The best revenge is massive success.”
–Frank Sinatra

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grow you or makes you happy.”

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”
–Winston Churchill

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
–Albert Einstein

“The most important things in life are the connections you make with others.”
–Tom Ford

“Seek respect, not attention. It lasts longer.”
–Ziad K. Abdelnour

“The path to success is to take massive, determined actions.”
–Tony Robbins

“The future depends on what you do today.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“The world is giving you answers each day. Learn to listen.”


“I used to care what people thought about me until one day I tried to pay my bills with their opinions.”
–Raziff Farhan 

“Those who spend their time looking for the faults in others usually make no time to correct their own.”
–Art Jonak

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”

“There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet.”
–Robert Jordan

“To reach your greatest potential, you’ll have to fight your greatest fear.”

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
–Nelson Mandela

“Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned, not given.”
–Hussein Nishah

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.”
–Henri Frederic Amiel

“We have but two ears and one mouth, so that we may listen twice as much as we speak.”
–Thomas Edison

“Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.”
–Frank Ocean


“The only failure is not to try.”
–George Clooney

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
–Winston Churchill

“When you find somebody good, keep them in your life.”
–Tom Ford

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When you see the right thing to do, you’d better do it.”
–Paul Newman

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
–Dalai Lama

“You don’t always get what you wish for. You get what you work for.”

“You’re only as good as the chances you take.”
–Al Pacino

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
–Benjamin Mays

“You’re only given one spark of madness. You must not lose it.”
–Robin Williams

Of course you know, being a gentleman is a matter of choice.

Harvey Black
Harvey Black
Yes, I'm old school. I have good manners. I open the door for a lady. I'm romantic & gentle at times. I respect all women and genuinely provide compliments. For some it might seem like a weakness, but my chivalry leaves women breathless. It's no right or wrong way, it's just the gentleman way.

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