“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.
Jacob had it. Esau didn’t. Symbolically, we can look to Jacob’s wrestling match with the angel. 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 small 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.
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 its 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.” – Anne Landers
Now much more needs to be written after that great quote. However, there is a bit of trivia that is ironic that I must mention. Ann Landers was the pen name of Eppie Lederer. An Iowan born woman who wrote an advice column in college and continued to write in her adult life in the “Ask Ann Landers” column.
When Eppie was born in Iowa, 17 minutes later her twin sister was born. Her twin, Poppie, also went to college with Eppie (Ann) and wrote in the college advice column as well. After graduation Poppie also wrote an advice column under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, titled “DearAbby.”
As competing advice columnists the twin sisters had a rocky relationship. Though they ended up reconciling before death much of their life was spent in discord with one another.
Ann’s words in the above quote show that she had a great knowledge of what class was, but knowing is only half the equation. Without action, all the knowledge in the world is only a book on a shelve.