Wayne and O'Hara in McLintock!:
George Washington McLintock: I saw your picture in the paper at the Governor's Ball. You were dancing with the governor.
Katherine McClintock: At least he's a gentleman.
George Washington McLintock: I doubt that. You have to be a man first before you're a gentleman. He misses on both counts."You have to be a man first before you're a gentleman."
That's something our modern world has forgotten. A gentleman is a man who embodies all the strength, raw courage, commitment and personal power of the Terminator and emulates the suave sophistication of Cary Grant. Being genteel without red-blooded gallantry and courage is, effeminate.
You have to be a man, first. Period.
Our culture has forgotten this truism. Limp-wristed metro-sexuals aren't gentlemen. Pandering to the SJW imperative isn't accommodating and gracious. It's suicide. Political correctness and "safe speech" zones are self imposed gulags. Being nice and smiling and agreeable in the face of falsehood isn't gentlemanly, its cowardly week and vaginal.
“I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
A man must have a code. I will not lie, cheat or steel, or tolerate those who do. That's a man's code. Here's another one: I will do as I say and say as I do. A man rides, shoots straight and tells the truth.
Frederick the Great was once asked why it was that he chose his officer corps only from the Junkers of Prussia, rather than other groups. Why not a clever baker’s son from Dresden? What’s wrong with a solid farmer from Pomerania?
“Nein,” he replied, explaining his preference for the Junkers, “Because they will not lie and cannot be bought.”
That is what a man looks like. Men recognize what is honorable, true and just. If a man is to be a gentleman, he must be a man first and foremost. All the fancy manners, waltzes, polished shoes and tailored suites mean nothing without a distinctively masculine honor code.