What is Class?

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Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident in the knowledge that you can meet life head-on and handle whatever comes along. Those who have class have wrestled with their own personal “angel” and won a victory that marks them thereafter.

Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices. Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money. The most affluent blue blood can be totally without class while the descendant of a Welsh miner may ooze class from every pore.

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Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse. Class can “walk with kings and keep it’s virtue, and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.” Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class- because he is comfortable with himself.

If you have class, you don’t need much of anything else. If you don’t have it, no matter what else you have – it doesn’t make much difference.

-Howard E. Ferguson, Author of The Edge

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9 Comments on “What is Class?”

  1. My mother gave this to me years ago. I still have the newspaper clipping. She has left us now, but I still try to follow the words she told me when she gave the clipping to me. ‘Live your life this way and you will have no regrets for what might have been’. Thank you for such crucial words to live by.

  2. This hits the nail on the head, my boss oozes with class , He goes out of his way to help others , forgive others and speaks only good about others , in fact I think he exemplifies class more than anyone else I know. Oh by the way to know him is to be a man or woman of class..yes I am talking about my Lord and Savior , The Lord Jesus Christ , King of King Lord of Lords , and the original author of CLASS…………good stuff Perry

  3. Rodney Danderfield has a great perspective on class too.

    “You know what real class is? It’s when you’re alone and you fart and you say “Excuse Me!” That’s class.”
    – Rodney Dangerfield

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