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Quotations for Sweetest Day


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You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.  ~John Wooden


...that best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love...
~William Wordsworth, 1798


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.  ~Leo Buscaglia


Kindness is the greatest wisdom.  ~Author Unknown


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.  ~Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity


The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.  ~Nelson Henderson


In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.  ~Karl Reiland


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.  ~William Penn


A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.  ~Author Unknown


How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, much later adapted to "So shines a good deed in a weary world" by David Seltzer for the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


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.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson


How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston


If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.  ~Bob Hope


Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.  ~Jesse Jackson


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.  ~Charles H. Spurgeon


It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.  ~Author Unknown


Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  ~Dalai Lama


Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Variation of a saying that has been around since at least 1861, author of original saying is possibly Christian Nestell Bovee, see quoteinvestigator.com/2013/10/26/kindness-see


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.  ~Seneca


Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
~Adam Lindsay Gordon


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.  ~George Washington Carver


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.  ~Chinese Proverb


Open your heart - open it wide; someone is standing outside.  ~Quoted in Believe: A Christmas Treasury by Mary Engelbreit


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the same again.  ~Og Mandino


Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not.  ~Dan Bennett


Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~William James


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.  ~Dr. Seuss


Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.  ~Author Unknown


It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can.  ~Sydney Smith


You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.  ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  ~Winston Churchill


Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.  ~Mohammed Ali


Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives.  Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself.  For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even.  ~Daniel Berrigan


Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good.  ~Sara Ebenreck, American Forests


Find a need and fill it.  ~Ruth Stafford Peale


I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.  ~Maya Angelou


A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of a forest.  I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.  ~Fiona MacLeod


If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.  ~Lucy Larcom


Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.  ~Lowell



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