Quotes for
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Gentleness



There is nothing stronger
in the world than gentleness.

Han Suyin

   
The way to overcome the angry person is with gentleness, the evil person with goodness, the miser with generosity and the liar with truth.     -Indian Proverb
   

Practice being gentle, respectful and loving toward the life force in all things.  Remind yourself that your efforts do make a difference, even if you think they are miniscule in comparison to the magnitude of the problem.       -Wayne Dyer

   
I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.  The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.  Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among people.       -Lao Tzu
   

Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.       -Mohandas Gandhi

   

You need to be prepared for firm decisions and action, without losing gentleness towards those who obstruct or abuse you.  It's as great a weakness to be angry with them as it is to abandon your plan of action and give up through fear.       -Marcus Aurelius

    

What would you have? Your gentleness shall force More than your force move us to gentleness.       -William Shakespeare

  
Gentleness is a way of life, showing our love in how we interact with people and things. Like any way of life, gentleness has to be practiced for us to become more gentle. If we want to become more gentle, we must take active steps, that is (1) choosing to be more gentle, (2) keeping this resolution in mind, (3) acting in gentleness, and (4) catching ourselves when we are not gentle so that we can be more aware of our gentleness or lack of gentleness in the future.        -Thomas Stobie
   

Only the weak are cruel.  Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.        -Leo Buscaglia

   
In our rough and rugged individualism, we think of gentleness as weakness, being soft and virtually spineless.  Not so!  Gentleness includes such enviable qualities as having strength under control, being calm and peaceful when surrounded by a heated atmosphere, emitting a soothing effect on those who may be angry or otherwise beside themselves, and possessing tact and gracious courtesy that causes others to retain their self-esteem and dignity.  Instead of losing, the gentle gain.  Instead of being ripped off and taken advantage of, they come out ahead!        -Charles Swindoll
   

It's true that we live in a harsh world, but it's also true that gentleness invades that harshness with its own kind of beauty.  We see it in the way a mother cradles a newborn baby, in the eyes of a father roughhousing with a preschooler, in the silence of a setting sun, in the affectionate caress of a lifetime lover and friend, in the peace that settles during an anxious prayer, and in a thousand ways more.
   Yes, gentleness is invading our world today.  The only question is whether or not you've joined the revolution.       -Mike and Amy Nappa

   

Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.       -Phaedrus

   
What keeps faith cheerful is the extreme persistence of gentleness and humor.  Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things:  through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music, and books, raising kids—all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through.  Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.  Lacking any other purpose in life, it would be good enough to live for their sake.     -Garrison Keillor
     
   

   
Gentleness is not apathy but is an aggressive expression of how we view people. We see people as so valuable that we deal with them in gentleness. . . . To be apathetic is to turn people over to mean and destructive elements, to truly love people causes us to be aggressively gentle.     -Gayle D. Erwin, Spirit Style
  
I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.     -Leo Rosten, Captain Newman, M. D (also attributed to Leo Buscaglia)
  
As we come to grips with our own selfishness and stupidity, we make friends with the impostor and accept that we are impoverished and broken and realize that, if we were not, we would be God.  The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others--and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer.     -Brennan Manning, Abba's Child
  
Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.     -Ralph W. Sockman
  
I choose gentleness.  Nothing is won by force.  I choose to be gentle.  If I raise my voice may it be only in praise.  If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.  If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.     -Max Lucado
    
It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness. Those who appear gentle are, in general, only a weak character, which easily changes into asperity.     -Francois de le Rochefoucauld
  
Gentleness means recognizing that the world around us is fragile, especially other people. It is recognizing our own capacity to do harm and choosing to be tender, soft-spoken, soft-hearted, and careful. When we are gentle we touch the world in ways that protect and preserve it.  Being gentle doesn't mean being weak; gentleness can be firm, even powerful. To behave in a gentle manner requires that we stay centered in our own values and strength -- that we are active rather than reactive. Coming from this center, a gentle word or touch can channel our energy into healing or making peace.     -unattributed, Wisdom Commons
  

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