The Paradoxical Commandments People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway. Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.
When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.
Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day: - I shall not fear anyone on Earth. - I shall fear only God. - I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. - I shall not submit to injustice from anyone. - I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.
When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.
Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. [Verse 223]
You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!
Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.
The most basic and somehow forgettable thing is this: Love is not pain. Love is goodness. And real love--it's less shiny than solid and simple.
You've a good heart. Sometimes that's enough to see you safe wherever you go. But mostly, it's not.
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.
Good people see the good and bring out the best in other people.
I have written it before and am not ashamed to write it again. Without Wodehouse I am not sure that I would be a tenth of what I am today -- whatever that may be. In my teenage years, his writings awoke me to the possibilities of language. His rhythms, tropes, tricks and mannerisms are deep within me. But more than that, he taught me something about good nature. It is enough to be benign, to be gentle, to be funny, to be kind.
I admire those who do good and expect nothing in return.
Whenever I see an ambulance, I like to think there is a baby being born, rather than a death.