Who said "You're a gentleman and a scholar?"


While the phrase is thought to have been around for centuries, the first person that it can be attributed to is Scottish writer Robert Burns. Burns is said to have influenced many prominent writers, including J.D. Salinger, who used the line in his famed novel, "Catcher in the Rye."

The phrase originated in 1700s England, but it is not clear from whom. During the Renaissance, being a true gentleman was considered an art form, and being a scholar was a sign of nobleness. The phrase "You're a gentleman and a scholar" is not only a great compliment, but also a sign of respect.

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This line comes from the novel, Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger. It
Possible origin: "His locked, letter, braw brass collar/ Showed him the gentleman an' scholar. "The Twa Dogs, stanza 6, by Robert Burns (1759-1796) report this answer. Updated
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I think it is a very respectful way to address someone who has performed above and beyond the call of duty. I use the term sparingly as, in your case, it seems to have become hackneyed
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