A Gentleman is Modest.
He will live by his merits not by their advertisement.
Whatsoever a man has to his credit, be it accomplishment, wealth, or talent, it has a function. It brings to him, or to others, a good caused by the function. When a man has to, or feels he has to, announce the presence of such credits to his company, he admits that he has failed to rejoice in that which is naturally caused. His audience may have seen what the credit did cause but the wage they paid or the applause they gave was insufficient. For such a man, the perceived benefit of all personally held credits is the acquisition of admiration. The weak soul never tires of reminding the rest of his company that the thankless job of applauding remains perpetually unfinished. He does not know that the borders of the life he holds are defined by the earned price, market set, of his merits. The lot he holds (small or large) he asks us to call an empire. A gentleman will be convinced of his status by his audience and not vice versa.