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39 English Gentleman Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

English Gentleman Sayings By Kurt Vonnegut: The feeling persists that no one can simultaneously be a respectable writer and understand how The feeling persists that no one can simultaneously be a respectable writer and understand how a refrigerator works, just as no gentleman wears a brown suit in the city. Colleges may be to blame. English majors are encouraged, I know, to hate chemistry and physics, and to be proud because they are not dull and creepy and humorless and war-oriented like the engineers across the quad. And our most impressive critics have commonly been such English majors, and they are squeamish about technology to this very day. So it is natural for them to despise science fiction. — Kurt Vonnegut
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English Gentleman Sayings By Agatha Christie: With more insight into the English character, I poured out a stiff whisky and soda With more insight into the English character, I poured out a stiff whisky and soda and placed it in front of the gloomy inspector. — Agatha Christie
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English Gentleman Sayings By W. Somerset Maugham: And you call yourself an English gentleman,' she exclaimed, savagely.'No, that's a thing I've never And you call yourself an English gentleman,' she exclaimed, savagely.
'No, that's a thing I've never done in all my life. — W. Somerset Maugham
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English Gentleman Sayings By Edward Gibbon: According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman. — Edward Gibbon
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English Gentleman Sayings By Arthur Conan Doyle: Nothing of the sort. I knew you came from Afghanistan. From long habit the train Nothing of the sort. I knew you came from Afghanistan. From long habit the train of thoughts ran so swiftly through my mind, that I arrived at the conclusion without being conscious of intermediate steps. There were such steps, however. The train of reasoning ran, 'Here is a gentleman of a medical type, but with the air of a military man. Clearly an army doctor, then. He has just come from the tropics, for his face is dark, and that is not the natural tint of his skin, for his wrists are fair. He has undergone hardship and sickness, as his haggard face says clearly. His left arm has been injured. He holds it in a stiff and unnatural manner. Where in the tropics could an English army doctor have seen much hardship and got his arm wounded? Clearly in Afghanistan.' The whole train of thought did not occupy a second. I then remarked that you came from Afghanistan, and you were astonished. — Arthur Conan Doyle
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English Gentleman Sayings By Will Self: An English gentleman never shines his shoes, but then nor does a lazy bastard. An English gentleman never shines his shoes, but then nor does a lazy bastard. — Will Self
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English Gentleman Sayings By Gerard Manley Hopkins: By the by, if the English race had done nothing else, yet if they left By the by, if the English race had done nothing else, yet if they left the world the notion of a gentleman, they would have done a great service to mankind. — Gerard Manley Hopkins
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English Gentleman Sayings By William F. Buckley Jr.: My beloved Eudosia [a member of Buckley's household staff], who is Cuban, very large, quite My beloved Eudosia [a member of Buckley's household staff], who is Cuban, very large, quite old, and altogether superstitious, and speaks only a word or two of English (even though she has been with us for 19 years), is quite certain that the gentleman who raped the 16-year-old girl in New Caanan three years ago and escaped has successfully eluded the police only because of his resourceful determination to ravage Eudosia before he dies. Accordingly she demanded, and I gave her, a shotgun, into which I have inserted two empty shells. Still, Eudosia with blank cartridges is more formidable than Eugene McCarthy with The Bomb. — William F. Buckley Jr.
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English Gentleman Sayings By Charlotte Bronte: There were two gentleman seated by it talking in French;impossible to follow their rapid utterance, There were two gentleman seated by it talking in French;impossible to follow their rapid utterance, or comprehend much of the purport of what they said ... yet French, in the mouths of Frenchmen or Belgians ( ... ), was as music to my ears. One of these gentlemen presently discerned me to be an Englishman - no doubt from the fashion in which I addressed the waiter; for I would persist in speaking French in my execrable South-of-England style, though the man understood English. The gentleman, after looking towards me once or twice ,politely accosted me in very good English; I remember I wish to God that I could speak French as well; his fluency and correct pronunciation impressed me for the first time with a due notion of the cosmopolitan character of the capital I was in, it was my first experience of that skill in living languages I afterwards found to be so general in Brussels. — Charlotte Bronte
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English Gentleman Sayings By Wendy Leigh: Iman has said, What I love about David is that he's a true gentleman, very Iman has said, What I love about David is that he's a true gentleman, very old fashioned and English. He never lets me walk on the outside of the pavement, opens doors for me, and because we met on the fourteenth, he sends me flowers on the fourteenth of every month. He's a scholar too - he reads a lot, writes, does sculpture and paints, so I've learned so much from him. — Wendy Leigh
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English Gentleman Sayings By Daphne Du Maurier: He belonged to a walled city of the fifteenth century, a city of narrow, cobbled He belonged to a walled city of the fifteenth century, a city of narrow, cobbled streets, and thin spires, where the inhabitants wore pointed shoes and worsted hose. His face was arresting, sensitive, medieval in some strange inexplicable way, and I was reminded of a portrait seen in a gallery I had forgotten where, of a certain Gentleman Unknown. Could one but rob him of his English tweeds, and put him in black, with lace at his throat and wrists, he would stare down at us in our new world from a long distant past - a past where men walked cloaked at night, and stood in the shadow of old doorways, a past of narrow stairways and dim dungeons, a past of whispers in the dark, of shimmering rapier blades, of silent, exquisite courtesy. — Daphne Du Maurier
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English Gentleman Sayings By Terry Eagleton: So there is nothing inherently subversive about pleasure. On the contrary, as Karl Marx recognized, So there is nothing inherently subversive about pleasure. On the contrary, as Karl Marx recognized, it is a thoroughly aristocratic creed. The traditional English gentleman was so averse to unpleasurable labour that he could not even be bothered to articulate properly. Hence the patrician slur and drawl, Aristotle believed that being human was something you had to get good at through constant practice, like learning Catalan or playing the bagpipes; whereas if the English gentleman was virtuous, as he occasionally deigned to be, his goodness was purely spontaneous. Moral effort was for merchants and clerks — Terry Eagleton
English Gentleman Sayings By Bill Bryson: To be fair, English is full of booby traps for the unwary foreigner. Any language To be fair, English is full of booby traps for the unwary foreigner. Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman's apparel is clearly asking to be mangled. — Bill Bryson
English Gentleman Sayings By Samuel Richardson: The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a gentleman to a lady The English, the plain English, of the politest address of a gentleman to a lady is, I am now, dear Madam, your humble servant: Pray be so good as to let me be your Lord and Master. — Samuel Richardson
English Gentleman Sayings By Laurie R. King: ...and opened his mouth to speak in that precise drawl which is the trademark of ...and opened his mouth to speak in that precise drawl which is the trademark of the overly educated upper class english gentleman. A high voice: A biting one: definitely an eccentric. — Laurie R. King
English Gentleman Sayings By Anthony Trollope: Never let the estate decrease in your hands. It is only by such resolutions as Never let the estate decrease in your hands. It is only by such resolutions as that that English noblemen and English gentlemen can preserve their country. I cannot bear to see property changing hands. — Anthony Trollope
English Gentleman Sayings By Leo Tolstoy: But instead of all that, here he was - the rich husband of an unfaithful But instead of all that, here he was - the rich husband of an unfaithful wife, a retired gentleman-in-waiting, who liked to eat, drink, and, unbuttoning himself, to denounce the government a little, a member of the Moscow English Club, and a universally beloved member of Moscow society. — Leo Tolstoy
English Gentleman Sayings By Dorothy L. Sayers: My brother, being an English gentleman, possesses a library in all his houses, though he My brother, being an English gentleman, possesses a library in all his houses, though he never opens a book. This is called fidelity to ancient tradition. — Dorothy L. Sayers
English Gentleman Sayings By William Shakespeare: Myselfa prince by fortune of my birth,Near to the king in blood, and near in Myself
a prince by fortune of my birth,
Near to the king in blood, and near in love
Till you did make him misinterpret me
Have stooped my neck under your injuries
And sighed my English breath in foreign clouds,
Eating the bitter bread of banishment,
Whilst you have fed upon my signories,
Disparked my parks and felled my forest woods,
From my own windows torn my household coat,
Rased out my imprese, leaving me no sign,
Save men's opinions and my living blood,
To show the world I am a gentleman. — William Shakespeare
English Gentleman Sayings By H.L. Mencken: The general burden of the Coolidge memoirs was that the right hon. gentleman was a The general burden of the Coolidge memoirs was that the right hon. gentleman was a typical American, and some hinted that he was the most typical since Lincoln. As the English say, I find myself quite unable to associate myself with that thesis. He was, in truth, almost as unlike the average of his countrymen as if he had been born green. The Americano is an expansive fellow, a back-slapper, full of amiability; Coolidge was reserved and even muriatic. The Americano has a stupendous capacity for believing, and especially for believing in what is palpably not true; Coolidge was, in his fundamental metaphysics, an agnostic. The Americano dreams vast dreams, and is hag-ridden by a demon; Coolidge was not mount but rider, and his steed was a mechanical horse. The Americano, in his normal incarnation, challenges fate at every step and his whole life is a struggle; Coolidge took things as they came. — H.L. Mencken
English Gentleman Sayings By Martin Buber: I'm not sure I can take your advice. You are dealing with English Gentlemen. We I'm not sure I can take your advice. You are dealing with English Gentlemen. We are dealing with monsters. — Martin Buber
English Gentleman Sayings By Walter Scott: It was in the beginning of the month of November, 17, when a young English It was in the beginning of the month of November, 17
, when a young English gentleman, who had just left the university of Oxford, made use of the liberty afforded him, to visit some parts of the north of England; and curiosity extended his tour into the adjacent frontier of the sister country. — Walter Scott
English Gentleman Sayings By Charles Dickens: The learned gentleman (like a few of his English brethren) was desperately long-winded, and had The learned gentleman (like a few of his English brethren) was desperately long-winded, and had a remarkable capacity of saying the same thing over and over again. His great theme was 'Warren the engine driver,' whom he pressed into the service of every sentence he uttered. I listened to him for about a quarter of an hour; and, coming out of court at the expiration of that time, without the faintest ray of enlightenment as to the merits of the case, felt as if I were at home again. — Charles Dickens
English Gentleman Sayings By John Keegan: If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman. If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman. — John Keegan
English Gentleman Sayings By Helene Hanff: All that gleaming leather and gold stamping and beautiful type belongs in the pine-panelled library All that gleaming leather and gold stamping and beautiful type belongs in the pine-panelled library of an English country home; it wants to be read by the fire in a gentleman's leather easy chair--not on a secondhand studio couch in a one-room hovel in a broken-down brownstone front. — Helene Hanff
English Gentleman Sayings By Brooke Fraser: David Bowie is the quintessential English gentleman and, of course, a musical and generational institution. David Bowie is the quintessential English gentleman and, of course, a musical and generational institution. I only played support for him for one night (not a whole tour) but he was incredibly gracious and generous toward me and I've certainly never forgotten it. — Brooke Fraser
English Gentleman Sayings By Agatha Christie: I will not look through keyholes," I interrupted hotly. Poirot closed his eyes. "Very well, I will not look through keyholes," I interrupted hotly. Poirot closed his eyes. "Very well, then. You will not look through keyholes. You will remain the English gentleman and someone will be killed. — Agatha Christie
English Gentleman Sayings By Walter Bagehot: No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist. — Walter Bagehot
English Gentleman Sayings By Guy Vanderhaeghe: Do not follow your present course. It is a dead end. The dead end of Do not follow your present course. It is a dead end. The dead end of the perfect English gentleman. — Guy Vanderhaeghe
English Gentleman Sayings By Margaret Halsey: Whatever the rest of the world thinks of the English gentleman, the English lady regards Whatever the rest of the world thinks of the English gentleman, the English lady regards him apprehensively as something between God and a goat and equally formidable on both scores. — Margaret Halsey
English Gentleman Sayings By Maya Rodale: An English gentleman is someone who knows exactly when to stop being one. An English gentleman is someone who knows exactly when to stop being one. — Maya Rodale
English Gentleman Sayings By Oscar Wilde: One knows so well the popular idea of health: the English country gentleman galloping after One knows so well the popular idea of health: the English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the unbeatable. — Oscar Wilde
English Gentleman Sayings By Gail Carriger: Lord Maccon was Scottish-big; this gentleman was only English-big - there was a distinct difference. Lord Maccon was Scottish-big; this gentleman was only English-big - there was a distinct difference. — Gail Carriger
English Gentleman Sayings By Thomas Browne: He is like to be mistaken who makes choice of a covetous man for a He is like to be mistaken who makes choice of a covetous man for a friend, or relieth upon the reed of narrow and poltroon friendship. Pitiful things are only to be found in the cottages of such breasts; but bright thoughts, clear deeds, constancy, fidelity, bounty and generous honesty are the gems of noble minds, wherein (to derogate from none) the true, heroic English gentleman hath no peer. — Thomas Browne
English Gentleman Sayings By Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan of the Apes was hungry, and here was meat; meat of the kill, which Tarzan of the Apes was hungry, and here was meat; meat of the kill, which jungle ethics permitted him to eat. How may we judge him, by what standards, this ape-man with the heart and head and body of an English gentleman, and the training of a wild beast? Tublat, whom he had hated and who had hated him, he had killed in a fair fight, and yet never had the thought of eating Tublat's flesh entered his head. It would have been as revolting to him as is cannibalism to us. But who was Kulonga that he might not be eaten as fairly as Horta, the boar, or Bara, the deer? Was he not simply another of the countless wild things of the jungle who preyed upon one another to satisfy the cravings of hunger? — Edgar Rice Burroughs
English Gentleman Sayings By Harold Nicolson: It must be confessed that the English gentleman, especially if he be devoted to field It must be confessed that the English gentleman, especially if he be devoted to field and other sports, is apt to attribute slight importance to mental felicity or learning. I happen to enjoy the system, having suffered much on the continent from people who pretend to be intellectuals when they are not. Yet it is undeniable that a type of civility that excludes or misprises the humanities compares ill with the ideal of the perfectly endowed and developed human being which the Greeks and the best teachers of the Renaissance held as examples for emulation. — Harold Nicolson
English Gentleman Sayings By Karel Capek: The English gentleman is a combination of silence, courtesy, dignity, sport, newspapers and honesty. The English gentleman is a combination of silence, courtesy, dignity, sport, newspapers and honesty. — Karel Capek
English Gentleman Sayings By Emma Richler: Hell! His beard grows fast as blazes, like a damp wicket in springtime sun, green, Hell! His beard grows fast as blazes, like a damp wicket in springtime sun, green, and Rachel's skin is so fine, his bristles can score her red the way a new ball marks a bat, English alum on English unbleached willow, finest quality, special selection, Rachel-grade. Zach, my man, you have cricket on the brain! Thomas has asked him to play on Sunday. Bring Rachel, he said. Thomas 'All Souls' Aubry, gentleman, corinthian at heart, and half French yet more English than a true-born. — Emma Richler
English Gentleman Sayings By F Scott Fitzgerald: MAURY: What is a gentleman, anyway? ANTHONY: A man who never has pins under his MAURY: What is a gentleman, anyway? ANTHONY: A man who never has pins under his coat lapel. MAURY: Nonsense! A man's social rank is determined by the amount of bread he eats in a sandwich. DICK: He's a man who prefers the first edition of a book to the last edition of a newspaper. RACHAEL: A man who never gives an impersonation of a dope-fiend. MAURY: An American who can fool an English butler into thinking he's one. MURIEL: A man who comes from a good family and went to Yale or Harvard or Princeton, and has money and dances well, and all that. MAURY: At last - the perfect definition! Cardinal Newman's is now a back number. — F Scott Fitzgerald