quote by Oscar Wilde

The English country-gentleman galloping after a fox — the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

— Oscar Wilde

Revealing English Gentleman quotations

The gentleman is generous and treats all men as his equals, especially those whom he feels to be inferior in rank and wealth.


English gentleman quote Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another
Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.

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.

English gentleman quote It seems to me that once if your life before you die you ought to see a country
It seems to me that once if your life before you die you ought to see a country where they don't talk in English and don't even want to.

If Wellington epitomizes the English gentleman, Eisenhower epitomizes the natural American gentleman.

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.

No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.


English gentleman quote A gentleman is simply a patient wolf
A gentleman is simply a patient wolf

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.

The English gentleman is a combination of silence, courtesy, dignity, sport, newspapers and honesty.

I'm not sure I can take your advice. You are dealing with English Gentlemen. We are dealing with monsters.

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.

He was the product of an English public school and university.

He was, moreover, a modern product of those seats of athletic exercise. He had little education and highly developed muscles -- that is to say, he was no scholar, but essentially a gentleman.


One knows so well the popular idea of health.

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.

I am the most proud of is the show called Cracker and I think it only lasted a season or two. It was with a gentleman named Robert Pastorelli who has since passed away, but it was based on an English television show that was really popular.

According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman.

We are told that Sin consists in acting contrary to God's commands, but we are also told that God is omnipotent. . . . This leads to frightful results. . . . The British State considers it the duty of an Englishman to kill people who are not English whenever a collection of elderly gentlemen in Westminster tells him to do so. . . . Church and State are placable enemies of both intelligence and virtue.

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.


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.

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.

American gentlemen are a cross between English and French men, and yet really altogether like neither. They are more refined and modest than Frenchmen, and less manly, shy, and rough, than Englishmen. Their brains are finer and flimsier, their bodies less robust and vigorous than ours. We are the finer animals, and they the subtler spirits. Their intellectual tendency is to excitement and insanity, and ours to stagnation and stupidity.

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.