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Love is something that is done, not is something that is felt. — Alan Loy McGuinnis

Speak softly and carry a big carrot. — Howard C. Lauer

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around. The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed. That’s about it. Right now I’m living in that hope, running down its hallway and touching the walls on both sides.” — Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams.

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. — Emerson

We have no pleasure in thinking of a benevolence that is only measured by its works. — Emerson, Essays

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. — Mark Twain

It’s easier to persuade someone with a kind word and a gun, than with just a kind word. — Al Capone

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. — Sir Arthur Helps

Our opportunities to do good are our talents. — Cotton Mather

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. — Abraham Heschel

“…Ultimately we must heed the advice of Henry James. When asked by his nephew what he ought to do in life, James replied, “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” The key to those words is the hortatory verb–the insistence that one find an existence that enables one to be kind. How to do so? By wading in, over and over, with that purpose in mind, with a willingness to sail on, tacking and tacking again, helped by those we aim to help, guided by our moral yearnings on behalf of others, on behalf of ourselves with others: a commitment to others that won’t avoid squalls and periods of drift, a commitment that will become the heart of the journey itself.” — Robert Coles, Time, 1/20/97(The Moral Intelligence of Children)

If you want to be holy, be kind. — Frederick Buechner

Don’t wait until somebody does something right before you praise him. Otherwise you’ll wait forever. — Ken Blanchard

The world is not especially rare good ideas and good emotions; it is rare in good expressions. — Willa Cather

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. –Mother Theresa


There is not knowledge that is not power. — Emerson

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it sure beats a blank stare for starting a conversation.

Knowledge is power. – Sir Francis Bacon, 1597

No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience.  –John Locke 

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. –James Thurber

Once you’ve accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you’re too old to remember it. –Unknown

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