"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."
John Walter Wayland
(1849–1890) ninth President of the Chico Board of Trustees, the governing body of Chico, California from 1889 to 1890
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 -- dmccabe, pittsburgh      
I like it, alot
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    Sounds like my 2 brothers-in-law
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    A Gentleman indeed!! Something to live up to, for sure!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Probably one of the best quotes about a man that I have ever read and will strive to emulate.
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