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Re: A gentleman and a scholar

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on September 20, 2008 at 14:40

In Reply to: A gentleman and a scholar posted by Stephanie Maloley on September 20, 2008 at 12:37:

: Where did the saying "A gentleman and a scholar" originate from, other than Robert Burns' poem 'Twa Dogs'?

It's not really a saying as such. To be born a gentleman is good; to have studied to become a scholar, likewise. To be both a gentleman *and* a scholar was, for centuries, an acknowledged ideal. Wordsworth, for example, speaks of "scholars and gentlemen". (VSD)