Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #14 --- Kindness
Quotations on Kindness
Kindness is goodwill beaming in our faces.
—Melvin V. Strother, The New Era, Eunice, La., July 27, 1937.
Your kind words will be like oil on a dry axle.
—Orson F. Whitney, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, Aug. 4, 1921.
As the raindrops in the far off country find their way to the rivulet, and thence to and forms the mighty river, and on, on to the swell the boundless ocean, so each little act of kindness, each little deed of love flows into and forms a great ocean of good, and every good that is added to it, like a drop on the surface of a calm, smooth sea makes a ripple that extends perhaps to the far off shore.
---William H. Morris, Cairo Bulletin, Cairo, Ill., April 28, 1874.
An act of kindness that is undertaken and carried through as a labor cannot but miss something of its purpose. The greatest pleasure comes when giver and receiver find some common ground on which both may enjoy themselves. We cannot do much to give joy to other lives unless we are enjoying ourselves.
---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., March 26, 1913.
The hands of kindness are always warm with a feeling of good will.
---Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 29, 1920.
Kindness, which is but an abbreviation of kingliness, produces gentility.
---Fuller Swift, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Sept. 7, 1918.
Kind words spoken of at the right time inspire friendship, and friendliness is an inexhaustible source of happiness.
---James L. Dow, Lubbock Avalanche, Lubbock, Texas, Feb. 21, 1922.
Kindness kills bitterness.
---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Dec. 5, 1918.
The best valentine is kindness all year round.
---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Feb. 15, 1922.
To be kind is the most pleasant of all obligations.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Aug. 26, 1956.
Kindness best extends a helping hand to others in sustaining the slender hold they have on inner tranquility.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 17, 1957.
Kindness is the most graceful form of self-expression; sympathetic understanding, the greatest tribute one can pay for a fellow human being.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 9, 1958.
Kindness is a blessed trinity of thought, word and deed.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 4, 1960.
Kind words have the sound of music to soothe resentment.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 12, 1963.
Seeds of kindness bring a harvest of love.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 4, 1963.
Kindliness is easily reflected.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., May 13, 1910.
The echo of a kind word goes on forever.
---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma State Capital, Guthrie, Okla., Nov. 16, 1910.
The world needs kindness of heart more than keenness of mind.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Duluth Evening Herald, Duluth, Minn., April 5, 1902.
The man who has a kind word for everybody does more good than a surly one could do with money.
---Elijah Powell Brown, The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, Ky., April 14, 1891.
Kind acts find a dozen friends before kind wishes get an introduction.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Albany News, Albany, Texas, Sept. 10, 1897.
The kingliest thing in this world is simple kindness.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Fulton County News, McConnelsburg, Pa., Jan. 18, 1905.
Treat the world with kindliness, and you will discover how warm-hearted it is.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 28, 1928.
Never lose an opportunity to speak a kindly word, for it will soon echo in your own ears.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 12, 1931.
Kindness is the key to every heart.
---Henry F. Cope, Albuquerque Evening Citizen, Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 21, 1905.
It’s a great loss when a man’s keenness cuts out his kindness.
---Henry F. Cope, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 19, 1905.
Little individual kindnesses make the way for the universal love.
---Henry F. Cope, Monroe City Democrat, Monroe City, Mo., Nov. 18, 1909.
The logic of kind deeds is more powerful than the logic of argument.
---Jasper W. Dunn, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Sept. 9, 1916.
Kindness is the kin-ness that binds us with cords of sympathy and helpfulness to others.
---Herbert H. Field, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., June 11, 1923.
There’s no market for unkind feelings.
---J. Marvin Nichols, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., March 13, 1907.
Post mortem kindness brings no cheer.
---J. Marvin Nichols, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., March 13, 1907.
The seeds of kindness and faith that we sow today become the buds and blossoms of tomorrow’s joys and inspiration; our sins and selfishness are the germs of sorrow.
—A.B. Christensen, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 1905.
We owe to a man the helpfulness of kindness. This is a gentle dynamic. Cordiality abides in the face and the hand, but kindness abides in the heart and shows itself in and controls the face and the hand. Real kindness has a desire for, delights in and strives for the good of man.
—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 2, 1923.
Kindness is the gold with which we purchase happiness to be disbursed among all with whom we come in contact. It radiates within and without so that the giver receives even more than he gives without a loss to any.
‑‑‑A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Aug. 20, 1922.
Kindness is a virtue that resembles a time deposit at the bank. You may not realize it right now, but the principle will never grow less and you are bound to collect on it in the long run.
‑‑‑A.J. Gearheard, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., June 24, 1923.
Without kindness, love becomes paralyzed. Kindness requires so little time and effort, we ought to be able to work it into the bustle and hurry of life, especially since the unceasing cry of the world is for a big bottle of milk of human kindness.
‑‑‑James F. Cole, Baptist Message, Alexandria, La., Jan. 2, 1964.
Kindness is love in a humble manner‑‑the golden chain by which humanity is bound together.
‑‑‑T.W. Phillips, Jr., The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., June 8, 1925.
Man was given a heart that he might have an anchor in the harbor of human kindness.
‑‑‑W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times‑Union, Jacksonville, Fla., July 22, 1923.
Kindness is the sunshine of life. The more you give out, the more you have; the more you give to others, the more you receive from them. It is an elixir that is far more effective than medicine. It has curative and healing powers. It smooths the path along which you journey.
—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., June 10, 1948.
Keep always in the path of kindness, and you will have little friction in your life.
—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 2, 1949.
Put a peck of kindness in your every act and a bushel of happiness will bounce right back.
—Doris Wick, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Oct. 20, 1967.
Consideration for others may not pay cash dividends, but it puts a lot of happiness in circulation.
---Ivy Clough Johnson, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Oct. 5, 1927.
The flowers of kindness are deeply rooted.
—Bill Copeland, Sarasota Journal, Sarasota, Fla., Feb. 22, 1980.
A kind heart is the playground of peace.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 26, 1937.
A kind heart is a good insulation against hard knocks.
---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 26, 1937.
The first instinct of kindness is helpfulness.
---Arthur Gray Staples, Lewiston Evening Journal, Lewiston, Me., Feb. 1, 1929.
The law of kindness in one's life is the day‑by‑day enthronement of the law of love. Kindness is the heart's sunshine.
‑‑‑Elam Franklin Dempsey, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 23, 1922.
There’s no use being big-hearted if you’re big-mouthed—you lose all the effect of your kindness.
---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Aug. 6, 1943.
Speak kindly; your words may fall into fertile soil and bring you a rich harvest.
‑‑‑Lawrence Nelson Fox, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., Jan. 2, 1930.
Kindness does not simply consist in giving means, but consists in giving love and tenderness with the spirit of generosity.
—Clara Willis, Young Woman’s Journal, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 1900.
Kind words are the outflow of a pure heart. Harsh, critical words spring from inner bitterness and moral laxity.
---Oliver G. Wilson, The Wesleyan Methodist, Syracuse, N.Y., Jan. 14, 1953.
If you plant kindness you will need to increase your harvesting machinery.
---Jack Williams, Sr., Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., April 3, 1940.
There are no heartaches that cannot be cured, no wounds that cannot be healed by the touch of human kindness.
—Frank Francis, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Dec. 25, 1925.
Kindness always pays, but it pays most when you don’t do it for pay.
—Hamilton G. Park, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 3, 1932.
Kind words are like bald heads; they can never dye.
---Alexander Edwin Sweet, Texas Siftings, New York, N.Y., Jan. 11, 1890.
Real goodness is done without wish or thought of reward or of gaining praise or gratitude. Let us not pass by an opportunity for doing a kindness. Tomorrow the opportunity may not be there. Let us do the kind deed that we can. Let us do our part, whatever it may be. Let us do it today. Tomorrow is not ours. Today is all the time we have for being and doing our best.
---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 10, 1918.
It does not take long to say kind words. It does not cost much to say them, but oh! what a wealth of joy and gladness they carry with them. They are the greatest capital in the world–a working capital on which one receives a thousand percent of interest every day. Let us not only be kind in our deeds, but let that kindness beam in your faces, and let our kind words fall tenderly on the ears of those we love. It will make their duties easier, will paint rainbows of promise on the lowering clouds and will brighten storm-tossed lives, covering them with a sheen of sunlight, bright in its meridian splendor.
—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Waco, Texas, Nov. 30, 1893.
Your great deeds may not be proclaimed in the public press; your biography may not appear in the encyclopedias of the future; your great acts of benevolence may not be emblazoned on the pages of history; your likeness may not grace the art galleries of the world, or ornament the parlors of the rich; no monument may ever be erected to perpetuate your name and deeds; you may not achieve immortal fame, but you may, in your sphere of action, however limited and circumscribed, do your duty to God, to your country and to your fellowmen. By little acts of kindness and benevolence you may set in motion forces of influence that shall finally beat upon the shores of eternity, and thereby entitle you to the praise of men, to the gratitude of your country, and to the approval of the High Heaven.
---Dick T. Morgan, The Oklahoma Christian, Guthrie, Okla., Oct. 11, 1900.
I am convinced that this old world could stand a little more of the spirit of kindness. It is just as easy to be kind as to be hard and cruel or selfish—if our heart keeps right, that is, if we have the right attitude. Kindness is never a one-way street. Kindness in its practical aspect is brotherhood in action. … Kindness is at the bottom of all this brotherhood ideal. I believe that kindness is a positive force in building better human relations. Kindness drives so many dark clouds of discouragement away and helps people see the sunshine once again. Determine to live the kindly life today for you need it, and certainly all your friends need it too.
---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Sept. 4, 1948.
Acts of kindness, words of appreciation, must be expressed today. To put off kindness is to eliminate it or destroy it from our hearts. It only brings regret at a later day. When we forget to be kind, we pass the sentence of death upon ourselves. The days of life are few, why not live them in the appreciation of all good gifts?
---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Nov. 3, 1949.
Many people are too busy to be kind. Many have no desire to be kind. This is most unfortunate, for the world is dying for a little bit of love and kindness. Kindness is the greatest contribution we can make to our world. Many have good intentions. They expect to do something good and noble. However, they keep putting it off, day by day, and finally it becomes too late. If we have good intentions, we had better put them to work today. Whatever we intend to do, we had better do it now.
---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Sept. 19, 1950.
Kindness stirs our hearts to their depths and brings the best there is to the fire. The power of a word is almost unmeasurable. There are words that burn, and words that bless; there are words that soothe, and words that sear. There are words that have the touch of silk and velvet. There are words that have the warmth of spring and the touch of a mother's hand. There are words that have the sweetness of honey and of ambrosial nectar. There are words that have power to engender faith and virility. On the other hand, there are words that cut like knives, burn like brimstone, bruise like stones, jab like javelins, tear like tongs, and kill like bullets. Unkindness in speech brings about more misunderstandings, more bitterness, more hatred, more tears and wrecks more homes, tears up more communities, and curses more churches than all the other sins committed lumped together.
‑‑‑James L. Baggott, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 14, 1932.
Our time upon this earth is brief. We have not a day nor an hour to waste upon hate or revenge, for “we pass this way but once; and we cannot retrace our steps, or call back the days that are gone; but the passing moment is long enough to grasp the hand in friendship, to lighten each other’s burdens, to bring rest to the weary, and to comfort those that mourn.” The time is long enough for each and all of us to sow seeds of kindness from which vast harvests of happiness will spring; harvests in which we, ourselves, will be among the gleaners, and carry home the sheaves. Kind words cost nothing, but their value is beyond computation. In the warp and woof of life are the golden threads. Misery is the child of selfishness; good deeds are the parents of joy. Remember that to find happiness, we must look for the happiness of others.
---Ezra W. Decoto, Berkeley Daily Gazette, Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 5, 1921.
Every kind work spoken gives you greater ability to speak another. Every act of assistance rendered by you, through the knowledge that you possess, to aid one of your fellows, gives you greater ability to aid the next one. Good acts grow on a person. Don’t go through life with your lips sealed against words of kindness and encouragement, nor your hearts sealed against performing labors for another. Make a motto in life: Always try and assist someone else to carry his burden. The true key to happiness in life is to labor for the happiness of others. I pity the selfish man who has never experienced the joy which comes to those who receive the thanks and gratitude of the people whom they may have aided in the struggle of life.
—Heber J. Grant, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 1901.
If we only knew what burdens others are bearing in their own hearts, and many of them do it without complaint, we would be more considerate. The fact that every person in all the world has burdens should teach us to have restraint, patience, kindliness.
—George W. Truett, The Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa, Ala., May 3, 1935.
Human kindness is an almost limitless source of power. A kind word, a kind deed, even a kind thought will inspire the one to whom it is directed, and encourage the one who does it. Try kindness when tempted to be curt, condemnatory, or cutting in your words or acts.
---James G. Keller, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Feb. 20, 1956.
There’s nothing that pays so well as kindness. A man may spend his money and proportion, as he expends it he reduces his principal. But kindness is entirely different, for in proportion as we spend kindness our principal increases. Kindness is an attractive thing. It brings around you many persons who think kind thoughts of you and say kind words for you; and this subtle, potent influence of having a lot of friends help you by their actions and their words is so very valuable that it is surprising so many self-seeking people know so little of its value. People are glad to recognize kindness in an individual. No man can act the part if he is not sincere. He must cultivate kindness if he has little of it in his make-up. He must take an inventory of his qualities, and if the weeds of mean impulses are crowding out the delicate flowers of kindness, he should pull up those weeds and give the flowers a chance to grow.
---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Feb. 8, 1911.
Consideration is the watchword of wisdom.
---Lew B. Brown, Evening Independent, St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 27, 1912.
The seed of Thoughtfulness planted, blossoms into the flower of Kind Deeds.
‑‑‑Gloria Young, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, May 21, 1931.
He who does good lives, he who helps others to do good doubly lives. Many a moderately great and good man has been made all the greater and better simply by the mighty force of a kind word, a little deed of kindness, or by a pure and unselfish example. Many a life has been reclaimed from an apparent doom to destruction by these "sweet tones of the heart," kind words. Many an honest, conscientious youth, in his efforts to achieve success, has been pushed over into the dark abyss by the force of a cruel word or a scowling countenance. Often in our selfish desires to secure our own advancement, regardless of others or their losses, we lose our own interests, like the surly dog in the story, which, having a piece of meat in his mouth and coming to a brook, seeing his own shadow and thinking it another dog, let go the meat he held to attempt to procure the meat from the other, but in the covetous procedure his own meat fell into the stream and was lost. He therefore not only failed to obtain the meat from the other, but in doing so lost the means of enjoyment he already had. Let us then be up and strike out for whatever is right and manly, never trying at the expense of principle to be popular, but only trying to do our duty and help others to do theirs.
---Ben E. Rich, The Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 28, 1899.
Kindness, in words or acts, how little it costs. We are often so wrapped up in the things of self that we forget. If you have words of love and praise to speak, say them now, while the soul can appreciate and understand them; do not wait until they cannot hear you. The struggle of life is made easier by the loving words of kindness and appreciation which we receive. Life’s battle is never so hard when we know that there is someone thinking of us and that there is someone willing to help us with a kind word or smile. Knowing this, never withhold that word or smile. Let us smile away the troubles of every day and every hour, and the radiation of that smile will make glad the hearts of those around us. This life is cold enough as it is; make it brighter and happier for those you meet, by giving a kind word and a smile whenever you can. They cost you little and may help a tired soul.
—W.J. Sloan, Zion’s Young People, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1900.
The little that one alone can do seems too insignificant to be considered in contrast with what is going on daily, the world over, and what is expected of the mass of mankind. And yet each one adds something, if it be only a deed of kindness, a word of encouragement to the desolate, a prayer for the sorrowing; any sweetness to the bitter cup which many fellow mortals have dealt out to them in overflowing draughts. The brave heart, the generous soul helps by its very courage to stimulate another. It is not all in giving; there are other expressions of one’s goodness besides the bestowal of gifts, be they ever so acceptably offered.
—Emmeline B. Wells, Woman’s Exponent, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 15, 1894.
If you would see good in your neighbor, anoint your eyes with the milk of human kindness.
—The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Dec. 20, 1929.
The milk of human kindness is always Grade A.
---Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, Feb. 23, 1944.
Kindness is the mainspring of happiness. Love is the best key to wind it up.
‑‑‑Farm Journal, Philadelphia, Pa., December 1921.
The value of kind deeds is out of all proportion to their cost.
‑‑‑The Friend, Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 12, 1899.
The milk of human kindness is always sweet.
---Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, March 15, 1896.
The man who never appreciates a kindness, never shows any.
‑‑‑Louisville Herald, Louisville, Ky., Jan. 30, 1907.
Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.
‑‑‑Ohio Farmer, Cleveland, Ohio, July 19, 1856.
Gratitude is the music of the heart when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.
‑‑‑Ohio Farmer, Cleveland, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1857.
Kindness makes sunshine wherever it goes; it finds its way into the hidden chamber of the heart, and brings forth treasures of gold; harshness, on the contrary, shuts them up forever.
‑‑‑The Religious Telescope, Dayton, Ohio, April 23, 1856.
Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue.
---Youth's Companion, Boston, Mass., Feb. 22, 1855.
Kindness is something we receive and have to pass along in order to keep it.
—Elbert Hubbard, quoted in Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 4, 1905.
Guard within yourselves that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
—Burris A. Jenkins, Kansas City Post, Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 28, 1919.
Kindness is one of the choicest of gems in the coronet of truth.
—David O. McKay, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, March 20, 1924.
Kind words are easy to say and take but little time, but their echoes are endless.
—Hamilton G. Park, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 21, 1952.
The measure of our capacity for kindness and for gratitude, for thoughtfulness, is the measure of our personal approach to civilization.
—Grove H. Patterson, Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, Jan. 13, 1948.
If we are "too busy" to be kind, then we are indeed "too busy." If we don't have time for a little human kindness then we are going too fast and we have forgotten what is really important, what really matters.
—Jim Moore, Shreveport Journal, Shreveport, La., Jan. 23, 1982.
When you do an act of kindness, do you ask for a due bill?
—Joseph F. Berry, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 25, 1928.
A kindly feeling for all humanity is one of the great essentials of peace and contentment and good, and until a man is possessed of this fine trait he is wanting in the nobler virtues of life, void of the chief accomplishment to insure his own happiness and the comfort of those around him.
—Lacy Richardson, The Bogalusa Enterprise and American, Bogalusa, La., April 13, 1934.
Kind words cost nothing, though some people are miserly about spending them.
—Emmet Rodwell Calhoun, Louisville Times, Louisville, Ky., Feb. 4, 1905.
Kindness always wears out its shoes.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 12, 1928.
Kindness has a tender palm
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 21, 1929.
If you keep busy being kind, you'll have no time to think that someone was unkind to you.
—Paul A. Wellington, Stride, Independence, Mo., December 1957.
Along life's path plant violets of kindness rather than sand spurs of hate. If the latter, you may step backward and wound your own feet.
—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 2, 1922.
There will come a time when one kind word will be worth a stream of flattery.
—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., July 10, 1937.
Begin each day with a kind thought of someone else. This practice will add pleasure and profit to your life. On the other hand, you can spoil your day by building up unkind thoughts.
—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 19, 1948.
There is no boomerang comparable to the boomerang of kindness.
—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., April 27, 1950.
Kindness does not simply consist in giving, but consists in giving with the spirit of generosity. ... The kindness that comes from true sympathy is never without beneficent results.
—Tony Lewis, Contributor, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 1896.
Speak kindly; your words may fall into fertile soil and bring you a rich harvest.
—Lawrence Nelson Fox, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., Jan. 2, 1930.
Kindness is the lubricant in the cogs of life's machinery. If you would have your life run smoothly and attractively, lubricate it with kindness.
—J. Miller Cook, Citizens Appeal, Nashville, Tenn., July 1, 1929.
A kind look is a soul reflection.
—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Sept. 19, 1927.
Kindness always has in it something of sacrifice.
—Galveston Daily News, Galveston, Texas, Nov. 12, 1894.
Probably the greatest aid in the development of citizenship is to have a kind heart. ... Everybody can develop a spirit of kindness and fellowship toward his fellows. Any man who thinks of the welfare of others will develop kindness of spirit that will show in his face and reflect in his actions. A long time ago a great teacher said to me that a kind heart led to higher service than any other quality a man or woman could possess. It is so easy on the surface of things to condemn the actions of others. It requires a little thinking ability to inquire as to how people act as they do. Let us try to develop this quality of a good citizen that we may be able to understand how others think and why they act as they do and we shall find our hearts growing more kindly toward them.
—Willis A. Sutton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 29, 1939.