- 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 (Virginia Omicron Chapter 1899)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
During a quick visit to the Alabama Mu chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity today, while on the campus of the University of Alabama, I was remined of this poem:
Posted by obsessiveskier at 10:04 PM