A good character is the best tombstone

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

During my second year of nursing school

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz.  I breezed through the questions until I read the last one:  "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"  Surely this was a joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name?  I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.  Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade.  "Absolutely," the professor said.  "In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello."  I’ve never forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.  ~Joann C. Jones

I expect to pass through life but

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

If we should deal out justice only

If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape?  No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable, for it gains gratitude for us, and love.  ~Mark Twain, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, vol. 1; CTO

The first and highest law must be

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 Christianitysh

It is not for him to pride

It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. ~Baha’u’llah

A person who is nice to you

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.  ~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

When your suffering is a little greater

When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV

Have you had a kindness shown pass

Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
‘Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another’s tears,
‘Til in Heaven the deed appears –
Pass it on.
~Henry Burton, Pass It OnMCTO

As the bus slowed down at crowded

As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!"  The bus stopped.  He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind:  "So sorry, plenty of room in my heart – but the bus is full."  He left behind a row of smiling faces.  It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it.  ~The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977TPV

Something that has always puzzled me all

Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.  ~William Feather

Even when you do not feel big

Even when you do not feel big hearted, you can give yourself permission to act that way.  ~Lama Willa Millertwitter.com/lamawilla/status/8453901729

Today give a stranger one of your

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.

The best portion of a good mans

The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.  ~William Wordsworth

How far you go in life depends

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