May I know the meaning of the sentence "A gentleman is someone who does not what he wants to do but what he should do"

  • "A gentleman is someone who does not do what he wants to do, but instead does what he should do" – Hot Licks Jun 14 at 0:06
  • What particular part of the sentence is unclear? There are too many components to address for there to be a focused answer unless you can narrow it down. As I see it, there are several main components: (1) a gentleman is someone who, (2) [he] does not what he wants to do, and (3) [he does] what he should do. Does your confusion exist in only one of those three areas? – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jun 14 at 7:17

The sentence means, roughly, that there are obligations incumbent on someone who aspires to the status of gentleman (or higher). Cf. noblesse oblige.

Noblesse oblige (/noʊˌblɛs əˈbliːʒ/; French: [nɔblɛs ɔbliʒ]) is a French expression used in English. It translates as "nobility obliges" and denotes the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person who holds such a status to fulfill social responsibilities. For example, a primary obligation of a nobleman could include generosity towards those around him.

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