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“I would rather cry in the back of a BMW than laugh on the back of a bicycle”

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Comment by Simon Says on June 22, 2010 at 11:19pm
June, unfortunately you're right. And the material world is not just limited to China. But the eternal optimist in me, can't help but find it really sad. I think the below description of a gentleman is no longer cherished in society, rather the size of his bank account is more important...

"riches and rank have no necessary connexion with genuine gentlemanly qualities. The poor man may be a true gentleman — in spirit and in daily life. He may be honest, truthful, upright, polite, temperate, courageous, self-respecting, and self-helping; that is, be a true gentleman. The poor man with a rich spirit is in all ways superior to the rich man with a poor spirit,"

"gentleness is indeed the best test of gentlemanliness. A consideration for the feelings of others, for his inferiors and dependants as well as his equals, and respect for their self-respect, will pervade the true gentleman's whole conduct. He will rather himself suffer a small injury, than by an uncharitable construction of another's behaviour, incur the risk of committing a great wrong. He will be forbearant of the weaknesses, the failings, and the errors, of those whose advantages in life have not been equal to his own. He will be merciful even to his beast. He will not boast of his wealth, or his strength, or his gifts. He will not be puffed up by success, or unduly depressed by failure. He will not obtrude his views on others, but speak his mind freely when occasion calls for it. He will not confer favours with a patronising air."

-Samuel Smiles, 1859-
Comment by Drunken Monkey on June 22, 2010 at 7:36pm
It is a material world...Maybe some YCGs don't mind marrying guys earn less than they do, but the pressure from families and the society always manage to intervene...

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