Gentleman are not born—they are built, cultivated, and refined. Above all they are defined by their character and their actions, and nobody knows this better than the 44 men who have served as Commander-in-Chief of the USA. In honor of Presidents' Day, we turn to them for wisdom on the qualities a gentleman should possess.
“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”
—John F. Kennedy
“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”
“Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.”
“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.”
“Honor lies in honest toil.”
“Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.”
—Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
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