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The Gentleman’s Handbook

A Guide to Exemplary Behavior


Rules of Life and Love for Men Who Care

Book cover graphic

By Aaron Shepard

Gentlemen might be in short supply today, but this little book of wisdom could be the cure. If you’re a young man who cares about the quality of his mark on the world—or if you know such a young man—the aphorisms of The Gentleman’s Handbook may prove a helpful guide.

Aaron Shepard is an author, photographer, and publisher. He lives with his wife and fellow author, Anne L. Watson, in Friday Harbor, Washington.


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Shepard Publications

Hardcover ~ 2018

Paperback ~ 2016

Ebook ~ 2016

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Book cover: The Gentleman's Handbook


A Gentleman in Love

A Gentleman in Speech

A Gentleman in Society

A Gentleman in Life

Sample Text

A gentleman always finds a compliment for a lady he loves.

A gentleman never compares one lady to another.

A gentleman understands that every lady is a flower, and that love will make her bloom.

A gentleman listens carefully to others and takes pains to remember what he hears.

A gentleman never smirks.

A gentleman knows that words should be weighed, not counted.

A gentleman understands that the value of any person goes far beyond their usefulness to him.

A gentleman does not leave messes for others to clean up.

A gentleman knows he cannot help others if he does not stand on firm ground himself.

A gentleman knows that what he does is less important than how he does it.

A gentleman does not avoid what should be resolved.

A gentleman knows that his worth is measured not by what he collects but by what he contributes.

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