Some Food For The Soul

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.

~Henry James~

Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

~Mark Twain~

Carry a heart that never hates , a smile that never fades and a touch that never hurts.

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,

for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

~Robert Brault~


Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you ,

not because they are nice but because you are.

Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.

A good character is the best tombstone.

Those who loved you will remember.

Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.

It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

~Rudyard Kipling~

Don’t be yourself — be someone nicer.

Never miss an opportunity to make others happy,

even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.



Love your enemies – it will confuse them greatly.


There is one word which may serve as a rule for all one’s life — reciprocity.


Grownups know that little things matter and that relationships are based on respect.

Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.

~Henry James~


The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

~Henry Boyle~

When I was young, I admired clever people.

Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

~Abraham Heschel~

If we should deal out justice only in this world, who would escape?

No, it is better to be generous for it gains us gratitude.

~Mark Twain~


Be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, tolerant of the weak,

because someday in your life you will be all of these.

~George Washington Carver~

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone

who will never be able to repay you.

~John Wooden~


If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.

~Antonio Porchia~


You cannot do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.

~Winston Churchill

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

~Frank A. Clark~

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.


Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity

stop you from being generous.

~Author Unknown ~

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

~Maya Angelou~


Love thy neighbor and if that requires that you bend the truth, the truth will understand.

~Robert Brault

One thought on “Some Food For The Soul

  1. My favorite Mark Twain quote is Etiquette for a Funeral from Letters from the Earth:

    “Do not criticize the person in whose honor the entertainment is given.

    Make no remarks about his equipment. If the handles are plated, it is best to seem to not observe it.

    If the odor of the flowers is too oppressive for your comfort, remember that they were not brought there for you, and that the person for whom they were brought suffers no inconvenience from their presence.

    Listen, with as intense an expression of attention as you can command, to the official statement of the character and history of the person in whose honor the entertainment is given; and if these statistics should seem to fail to tally with the facts, in places, do not nudge your neighbor, or press your foot upon his toes, or manifest, by any other sign, your awareness that taffy is being distributed.

    If the official hopes expressed concerning the person in whose honor the entertainment is given are known by you to be oversized, let it pass — do not interrupt.

    At the moving passages, be moved — but only according to the degree of your intimacy with the parties giving the entertainment, or with the party in whose honor the entertainment is given. Where a blood relation sobs, an intimate friend should choke up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief. Where the occasion is military, the emotions should be graded according to military rank, the highest officer present taking precedence in emotional violence, and the rest modifying their feelings according to their position in the service.

    Do not bring your dog.”

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