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Quotations for Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day — celebrated on the third Saturday in October — began as Candy Day, a commercial holiday, and has broadened into a special day in which you make the lives of people around you sweeter by showing love and kindness — with thoughtful words, good deeds, or small gifts, most especially candy or other sweets. You can give to family, friends, workers, and even to strangers who could use a touch of cheer or kindness. The slogan of Nation-wide Candy Day was "The Sweetest Day in the Year."  —ღ Terri

Sweets to the sweet! ~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, c.1600  [V, 1, Gertrude]

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 F. Buscaglia, "Making love felt," Born for Love: Reflections on Loving, 1992

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston, Cinderella Cargoes, 1929

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

Mike Teavee:  Why is everything here completely pointless?
Charlie Bucket:  Candy doesn't have to have a point. That's why it's candy.
~Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005, based on book by Roald Dahl, 1964, screenplay by John August

I’m no foreign policy expert, but I hypothesize that the key to world peace could very well be a good batch of cookies. ~Keith Wynn, tweet, 2018

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

If instead of a gem, or even of a flower, we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving, as the angels... must give. ~George MacDonald

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [V, 1, Portia]

For every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action... ~James Russell Lowell, "Rousseau and the Sentimentalists," 1867

...we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasure... ~Thornton Wilder

If the world seems cold to you,
Kindle fires to warm it!...
~Lucy Larcom, "Three Old Saws," 1868

If human nature is the highest nature to man, then practically also the highest and first law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est:— this is the great practical principle:— this is the axis on which revolves the history of the world. ~Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity, 1843, translated from the German by Marian Evans, 1855

One true friend adds more to our happiness than a thousand enemies add to our unhappiness. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882

When you can't find the silver lining, look for the chocolate lining. ~Cathy Guisewite, "Scenes From Isolation," @cathygwite, Instagram post, 2020,

A true friend is for ever a friend. ~George MacDonald, The Marquis of Lossie, 1877

Have you had a kindness shown,
      Pass it on...
~Rev. Henry Burton, "Pass It On," 1898

Kind deeds are like blossoms blown by the summer wind. They bring sweet fragrance and their fruitage is love. ~Ouina (Cora L. V. Scott Richmond), given through her Medium "Water Lily," "Flowers from My Garden," Ouina's Canoe, 1882

There are few things that are more beautifully infectious than true kindness. It spreads like a magnificent wildfire. ~Keith Wynn, tweet, 2017

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. ~Henry James

That life is to my liking which is made up of little deeds, little sacrifices, little kindnesses. ~Birthday letter quoted in J.R. Macduff, Birthdays, 1893

Research tells us that fourteen out of any ten individuals like chocolate. ~Sandra Boynton, Chocolate: The Consuming Passion, 1982,

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.  ~Malayan proverb

Believe me... your fair discourse hath been as sugar,
Making the hard way sweet and delectable...
...a weary way ...sweetened with... hope...
And... your noble company.
~William Shakespeare, Richard II, c.1595  [II, 3, Earl of Northumberland]

Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. ~M*A*S*H, "Love Story," 1973, written by Laurence Marks  [S1, E14, Hawkeye]

If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Claudia Adrienne Grandi, 1992  [Thank you,! —tg]

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
~D. Hayden Sloyde, "Walk in Love," 1800s

If today you can't be anything else to anybody, you can be the passing stranger who nodded hello. ~Robert Brault,

Candy Day... That was issued for the purpose of sweetening this embittered world, was it? ~James K. Vardaman, 1917

This Saturday will be celebrated all over the country as "Candy Day." At the time of the convention of the Candy Manufacturers' Association, held in Detroit last June, it was decided to set aside one day each year when the candy retailer would decorate his windows in honor of the occasion and have a special sale of candies. The day will be known as "the sweetest day of the year" and Board of Commerce members are urged to benefit both the candy-makers and the doctors by eating more candy than usual. ~"Business Briefs," The Detroiter, 1916

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