Friday, December 9, 2011

The True 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.
- John Walter Wayland
The other week my dad was telling me about pledging for Sigma Alpha Epsilon while at the University of Texas. He told me that they had to memorize, "The True Gentleman" and SAE creed. I looked it up and I really felt like the words are a good representation of what a gentleman should be like. It is sad that some boys in college don't observe chivalry or respect. So I hope anyone who wants to call themselves a true gentleman looks at this quote and live by it, because for a SAE, another frat or no frat at all. These are words that should be lived by and by doing that nothing can go wrong.

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