The following is from a paper I found when going through a folder in my desk. I think it was in an old issue of The Wall Street Journal (1980’s or 1990’s), but I’m not certain. It is one of those things that I feel compelled to save when I stumble across it.
Class never runs scared. It is surefooted and confident. It can handle whatever comes along.
Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations.
Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices.
Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it.
Class is real. You can’t fake it.
The person with class makes everyone feel comfortable because he is comfortable with himself.
If you have class you’ve got it made. If you don’t have class, no matter what else you have, it doesn’t make any difference.
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