To be a true Gentlemen
This was written by General Robert E. Lee to his son.
To be a true gentleman is an ambition worthy of the best and greatest men. In as much as that term properly understood includes the possession of all good and noble qualities of heart and mind.
To be gentle to the weak, generous to the poor and just to all men,
To carry the grace of a heartfelt courtesy into all the affairs of life,
To restrain the passions and to cultivate the noblest sentiments of his nature,
To be true without rudeness, honest without self-interest, brave without braggadocio, and polite without servility,
To be clean of body, pure of mind and reverent of heart.
This is to be a true gentleman.
(My grandpa was a big fan of this poem)