You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone
who will never be able to repay you.
The best portion of a good man’s life – his little,
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
The first and highest law must be the love of man to man.
Homo homini Deus est – this is the supreme practical maxim,
this is the turning point of the world’s History.
The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
I expect to pass through life but once.
If therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,
let me do it now,
and not defer or neglect it,
as I shall not pass this way again.
The best things in life are nearest:
Breath in your nostrils,
light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand,
the path of right just before you.
Then do not grasp at the stars,
but do life’s plain, common work as it comes,
certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.
A good character is the best tombstone.
Those who loved you and were helped by you will
remember you when forget-me-nots have withered.
Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.