A gentleman is not just a well-mannered man. And he isn’t only a guy trussed up in a tailored suit. A man may know how to mix a martini, tell a joke, and seduce every lady in the room, but that doesn’t give him the honorific gentle.
A gentleman is honorable and unselfish. Maybe he forgets to walk through the revolving door first (to turn it for his lady), but when disaster strikes, when she looks up at him with tears in her eyes, demanding of him, What should we do?, when traffic halts and the moon spins out of orbit, a gentleman knows what to do and he does it, even if it is not the easy decision to make. A gentleman trudges miles in rain to buy a gallon of gas for the broken-down car. He picks her up off the bathroom floor when she is sick and believes, knows, she is an eleven on a scale of one to ten. A gentleman believes in right and wrong and says so boldly and supports his convictions with action. And when he stops loving her, he either gets out before it’s too late, or he sticks around because he promised he would, because a gentleman knows when and how to prioritize his own happiness.
I have known a few gentlemen in my life, and when I meet one, he never leaves without taking all the air out of the room with him.
Every man should read this.