am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen
believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the
source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion,
and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas” -- John
person who doesn't fit in with our notions of who is worthy of our love -- the
bag lady at the corner, the strange old man who rides through town on a three-wheel
bike all strung up with flags -- is just the person who, by not fitting into our
patterns, insists that we expand not only our views but also our capacity to love.
Today, see if you can stretch your heart and expand your love so that it touches
no only those to whom you can give it easily, but also to those who need it so
much." -- Daphne Rose Kingma
we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the
world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and
hope. -- Ursula K. Le Guin
want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle
and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."
-- Abraham Lincoln
really matters is what you do with what you have." -- Shirley Lord.
In the long
run, the power of kindness can redeem beyond the power of force to destroy. There
is a vast reservoir of kindness that we can no longer afford do disregard.
-- John A. MacAulay
make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -- Norman
is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom."
-- Maurice Maeterlinck.
will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to
be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge
that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too.
-- Mairead Corrigan
are eight rungs in charity. The highest is when you help a man to help himself."
-- Moses Maimonides
within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up,
if you just dig." -- Marcus Aurelius (2nd century A.D.)
to the environment in which your lot has been cast, and show true love to the
fellow-mortals with whom destiny has surrounded you." -- Marcus Aurelius
(2nd century A.D.)
not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow;
make yourself good while life and power are still yours." -- Marcus Aurelius
(2nd century A.D.)
no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one!" -- Marcus Aurelius
(2nd century A.D.)
have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life."
-- Edwin Markham
of us has gotten where we are solely by pulling ourselves up from our own bootstraps.
We got here because somebody bent down and helped us. -- Thurgood
for other people. I think that’s another very important part of morality, being
genuinely compassionate and concerned about the feelings and well being of other
people, especially those that depend on you directly. -- George
So, I think that’s
the centerpiece of morality: Don’t lie. But to do that, you have to go a step
further and find out what the truth is. You know, it’s easy to say, “I’ll never
tell a lie.” But if you say, “I’m going to speak the truth,” you’re going to have
to work damn hard to find out what the truth is. The next thing is just plain,
old, simple kindness: to other people, to your family. Love for other people.
I think that’s another very important part of morality, being genuinely compassionate
and concerned about the feelings and well being of other people, especially those
that depend on you directly. -- George
the light of your own loving ahead of you. When you get there, the loving will
have prepared a place for you. Be kind, gentle, and enjoy the journey.” --
is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone
up." -- Bernard Meltzer
"...Why is compassion
not part of our established curriculum, an inherent part of our education? Compassion,
awe, wonder, curiosity, exaltation, humility - these are the very foundation of
any real civilisation, no longer the prerogatives, the preserves of any one church,
but belonging to everyone, every child in every school." -- Yehudi
whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of
all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in
one another." -- Thomas
person's true wealth is the good he or she does
in the world."
can really make a difference in the world,
just one heart, one kind word at a time.
we really understood the power that we have
with someone else, how we affect them, the
tracks that we leave on someone, what a different
world that would be." -- Noelani
is not a thought process, it's completely
from the heart. It's about not looking away.
It's about standing up and being defiant and
seeing when something needs to be done --
not being afraid to stand up and step up,
but to stay present with that person, whether
it's someone we know or not. -- Noelani
is a universal language. It cuts across all personalities
and gender and nationalities and color and creed.
It's just who we really are inside.
violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not
to be shared. -- Henri Nouwen
came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health. I said, 'There's nothing
that I can do for you that you can't do for yourself.' He said, 'Oh yes you can.
Just hold my hand. I think that that would help.' So I sat with him a while then
I asked him how he felt. He said, 'I think I'm cured.'” -- Conor
there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,
let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
-- William Penn
is perhaps no surer road to peace than the one that starts from little islands
and oases of genuine kindness, islands and oases constantly growing in number
and being continually joined together until eventually they ring the world.
-- Father Dominique Pire
kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. -- Plato
faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind's concern is charity."
-- Alexander Pope (1733)
as if everything you do will eventually be known." -- Hugh Prather
is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man." -- Publilius Syrus.
(1st century B.C.)