Showing posts with label kindness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kindness. Show all posts

Sunday, July 09, 2023

Post #3184

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there can 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.
—William Penn

Sunday, April 02, 2023

Post #3170

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Friday, August 09, 2019

Post #2890

I have sped by land and sea, and mingled with much people, but never yet could find a spot unsunned by human kindness.
—Martin Farquhar Tupper

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Post #2889

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Post #2537

A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man than this, that when the injury began on his part the kindness should begin on ours.
—Dr. John Tillotson

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Post #2407

Kind words are the music of the world.
  —Frederick William Faber

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Post #2393

Put a smile on your face when you go out for a walk, and it will be surprising how many pleasant people you will meet.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Post #1832

If what must be given is given willingly the kindness is doubled.
―Publilius Syrus

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Post #1762

A stranger who is kind is a kinsman; an unkind kinsman is a stranger.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Post #1526

The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
—William Wordsworth

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Post #1494

The cheapest of all things is kindness, its exercise requiring the least possible trouble and self-sacrifice. “Win hearts,” said Burleigh to Queen Elizabeth, “and you have all men’s hearts and purses."
—Samuel Smiles

Friday, May 10, 2013

Post #1251

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
—Charles Lamb

Friday, December 28, 2012

Post #1149

He best can pity who has felt the woe.
—John Gay

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Post #1096

Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.
—S.H. Simmons

The Penalty of Leadership

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work. In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same. The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction. When a man’s work becomes a standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts of the envious few. If his work be mediocre, he will be left severely alone – if he achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a -wagging. Jealousy does not protrude its forked tongue at the artist who produces a commonplace painting. Whatsoever you write, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass or to slander you unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius. Long, long after a great work or a good work has been done, those who are disappointed or envious, continue to cry out that it cannot be done. Spiteful little voices in the domain of art were raised against our own Whistler as a mountebank, long after the big world had acclaimed him its greatest artistic genius. Multitudes flocked to Bayreuth to worship at the musical shrine of Wagner, while the little group of those whom he had dethroned and displaced argued angrily that he was no musician at all. The little world continued to protest that Fulton could never build a steamboat, while the big world flocked to the river banks to see his boat steam by. The leader is assailed because he is a leader, and the effort to equal him is merely added proof of that leadership. Failing to equal or to excel, the follower seeks to depreciate and to destroy – but only confirms once more the superiority of that which he strives to supplant. There is nothing new in this. It is as old as the world and as old as human passions – envy, fear, greed, ambition, and the desire to surpass. And it all avails nothing. If the leader truly leads, he remains – the leader. Master-poet, master-painter, master-workman, each in his turn is assailed, and each holds his laurels through the ages. That which is good or great makes itself known, no matter how loud the clamor of denial. That which deserves to live — lives.
written by Theodore F. MacManus

A deadly viper once bit a hole snipe's hide; But 'twas the viper, not the snipe, that died.

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