“When someone has wronged you, continue to treat them with civility. It’s the ultimate mark of a mensch.”*

*from The Leader as a Mensch (2009), by Bruna Martinuzzi (Columnist American Express Business).

From Wikipedia:

“Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש‎, mentsh, from Middle High German “mensch”, from Old High German “mennisco”; akin to Old English“human being”, “man”) means “a person of integrity and honor”.

According to Leo Rosten, a mensch is “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being ‘a real mensch’ is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous.” The term is used as a high compliment, implying the rarity and value of that individual’s qualities.

In Yiddish, mentsh roughly means “a good person”. The word has migrated as a loanword into American English, where a “mensch” is a particularly good person, similar to a “stand-up guy”, a person with the qualities one would hope for in a friend or trusted colleague. Mentshlekhkeyt (Yiddish: מענטשלעכקייט‎; German: Menschlichkeit) refers to the properties which make a person a “mensch”.

During the Age of Enlightenment, in Germany the term Humanität, in the philosophical sense of “compassion“, was used in Humanism to describe what characterizes a “better human being”. The concept goes back to Cicero‘s humanitas, which was literally translated as Menschlichkeit in German, from which the Yiddish word mentsh derives.

The word “Mensch” and the underlying concept have had an impact on popular culture…”

From phrases.org.uk:

What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Stand up guy’?

The allusion is to someone who would be prepared to stand up and fight on your side if called on, that is, one who, in the words of the earlier (late 19th century) phrase, would ‘stand up and be counted’.
The phrase is, of course, American. The earliest citation I can find for it is in the Pennsylvania newspaper The Charleroi Mail, April 1935:
“But he [Babe Ruth’s employer, Jacob Ruppert] seems to be a ‘stand-up guy’ and loyalty, with him. seems to be less a virtue than obsession.” “

From idioms.thefreedictionary.com:

stand up and be counted
Show your true opinion, even if it takes courage to do so. This Americanism, which presumably refers to counting votes, dates from the turn of the twentieth century and has been used with reference to showing where one’s political sympathies lie, even if one’s view is very unpopular. From the mid-twentieth century on, however, it has been used more broadly for revealing any kind of conviction. Michael Innes used it in Appleby’s Answer (1973): “A mild-mannered man. But he felt he must stand up and be counted.” “

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