In short he was a perfect cavaliero, And to his very valet seemed a hero.
He never yet no villainy ne said
In all his life, unto no manner wight.
He was a very perfect gentle knight.
— Geoffrey Chaucer
The power which the strong have over the weak, the employer over the employed, the educated over the unlettered, the experienced over the confiding, even the clever over the silly — the forbearing or inoffensive use of all this power or authority, or a total abstinence from it when the case admits it, will show the gentleman in a plain light.
— Robert E. Lee
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
"Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your superiors."
Seneca, Epistle 47:11
"The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated."
Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady