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Famous Gentle Quotes

The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known, For a man by nothing is so well betrayed As by his manners. — Edmund Spenser

Be truthful, gentle, and fearless. — Mahatma Gandhi

Wit is a weapon. Jokes are a masculine way of inflicting superiority. But humor is the pursuit of a gentle grin, usually in solitude. — Frank Muir

Gentle persuasion succeeds where force fails. — Aesop

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. — Robert Kennedy

The sound of ‘gentle stillness’ after all the thunder and wind have passed will the ultimate Word from God. — Jim Elliot

The active part of man consists of powerful instincts, some of which are gentle and continuous; others violent and short; some baser, some nobler, and all necessary. — Francis William Newman

Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance. — Boy George

Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself. — Julia Cameron

Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them. — Mo Udall

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. — Solomon

A gentleman has his eyes on all those present; he is tender toward the bashful, gentle toward the distant, and merciful toward the absent. — Lawrence G. Lovasik

The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just. — D. H. Lawrence

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second 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 men. — Laozi

A gentle focus of attention is all it takes to free the body of minor imbalances. — Deepak Chopra

The Haitian people are gentle and lovable except for their enormous and unconscious cruelty. — Zora Neale Hurston

Only the gentle are ever really strong. — James Dean

I’m surrounded by it. I have so many lovely people around me who are supportive, gentle, kind and considerate. I’m so grateful for every day that I’m on the planet and that continues to be so. — Richard O’Brien

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. — Douglas MacArthur

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment. — Walter Bagehot

Find your way with the certain and gentle light of forgiveness. — Mary Anne Radmacher

No man who worships education has got the best out of education… Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete. — Gilbert K. Chesterton

Gentle dullness ever loves a joke. — Alexander Pope

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say while some fields will blossom and others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices in life no more easily made. And give. Give in any way you can, of whatever you possess. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than how is shared, and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace. — Kent Nerburn

Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. — Henri Nouwen

Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages. — Michel de Montaigne

Tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. — Aeschylus

What will not woman, gentle woman dare; when strong affection stirs her spirit up? — Robert Southey

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. — Henry David Thoreau

Do not go gentle into that good night. — Dylan Thomas

The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad. — Mark Twain

From such a gentle thing, from such a fountain of all delight, my every pain is born. — Michelangelo

But a true diva has dismissed that drama. A true diva’s heart is open, and she’s ready to play by her own rules – rules that are gentle and kind. — Jenifer Lewis

In the second century of the Christian era, the Empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilised portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valour. The gentle but powerful influence of laws and manners had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury. — Edward Gibbon

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. — Garrison Keillor

Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. — Kent Nerburn

Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself. — Helen Rowland

I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else. — Oliver Cromwell

I knew Rita Hayworth only enough to know that she was just a tender, sensitive, beautiful human being. A lovely person. Very gentle. She would never stand up for her rights. — Kim Novak

Take the gentle path. — George Herbert

Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence. — Jean Paul

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness. — Alan Alda

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others. — Joseph Addison

Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on giving as good as they get. — Elbert Hubbard

To be gentle, tolerant, wise and reasonable requires a goodly portion of toughness. — Peter Ustinov

As for me, I used to be a bird with a gentle white womb, someone cut my throat just for laughs, I don’t know. As for me, I used to be a great albatross and whirled over the seas. Someone put an end to my journey, without any charity in the tone of it. But even stretched out on the ground I sing for you now my songs of love. — Alda Merini

O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature’s soft nurse. — William Shakespeare

Aside from my son, no person has ever shown for me the gentle concern I knew from Governor Adlai Stevenson. — Mercedes McCambridge

Be gentle with the earth. — Dalai Lama

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. — Mahatma Gandhi

Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder. — Carl Sandburg

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. — Frederick Douglass

Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path. — George Herbert

A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread. — George Herbert

His life was gentle; and the elements So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN! — William Shakespeare

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. — William Hazlitt

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. — Saint Francis de Sales

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. — Frank A. Clark

It is not whether your words or actions are tough or gentle; it is the spirit behind your actions and words that announces your inner state. — Chin-Ning Chu

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder) I wrote to myself recently. Live in your joy today. Be authentic. Love yourself. First. Love others from your own abundance. Life Changes. Circumstances change. Sometimes you try to fit your old way of being into new circumstances rather than becoming new yourself. Embrace transformation as an opportunity. And keep on writing love letters to yourself. — Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Nobody gets a nervous breakdown or a heart attack from selling kerosene to gentle country folk from the back of a tanker in Somerset. — Roald Dahl

Be gentle with the young. — Juvenal

Daddy was real gentle with kids. That’s why I expected so much out of marriage, figuring that all men should be steady and pleasant. — Loretta Lynn

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. — C. S. Lewis

My lasting impression of Truman Capote is that he was a terribly gentle, terribly sensitive, and terribly sad man. — Alvin Ailey

It takes strength to be gentle and kind. — Steven Morrissey

I offer gentle understanding to myself. I position myself in love, not fear. I look behind me with forgiveness. I look forward with festive anticipation. I embrace this holy moment and assert, Now. This moment is the moment to love, the moment to serve, the moment to seize the legacy instead of the small. Now. Now I will live large, love boldly, reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope. — Mary Anne Radmacher

All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love – this world would be a far more gentle and better place. — Mitt Romney

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. — Teresa of Avila

Men and women should stay apart, till their hearts grow gentle towards one another again. — D. H. Lawrence

Why not just do something a little more on the gentle side? — Chris LeDoux

No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep. — Victor Hugo

I am the owner of my choices. I am the source for the perspectives I choose to hold regardless of how aware I am of why or how I come to possess that particular perspective. It takes courage to look into the mirror of our souls, absent excuses. I will look into that mirror little bits at a time. SEE and ACT. SEE what I can bear to see and ACT upon what I am able. This is the heart of a gentle invitation to personal responsibility. — Mary Anne Radmacher

Do all men kill the things they do not love ………… The quality of mercy is not strain’d It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest It blesseth him that gives and him that takes — William Shakespeare

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more. — Agnes Repplier

Fame is indeed beautiful and benign and gentle and satisfying, but happiness is something at once tender and brilliant beyond all things. — Mary MacLane

It is no use speaking in soft, gentle tones if everyone else is shouting. — Joseph Priestley

But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions. — Homer

Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. — Dylan Thomas

Do not entertain the notion that you ought to advance in your prayer. If you do, you will only find you have put on the brake instead of the acceleration. All real progress in spiritual things comes gently, imperceptibly, and is the work of God. Our crude efforts spoil it. Know yourself for the childish, limited and dependent soul you are. Remember that the only growth which matters happens without our knowledge and that trying to stretch ourselves is both dangerous and silly. Think of the Infinite Goodness, never of your own state. — Evelyn Underhill

Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts. — Charles Lamb

Of Manners gentle, of Affections mild; In Wit a man; Simplicity, a child. — Alexander Pope

Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life. — Elizabeth Goudge

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 men. — Laozi

Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence. — James Allen

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle. — Charles Dickens

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces. — Henry David Thoreau

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. — Henry David Thoreau

Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it. — Oliver Herford

In your days – things like this happen to you… You get a tap, a nudge, a gentle shake, and life whispers to you, I know you’re tired – but I don’t want you to miss this. — Mary Anne Radmacher

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. — Benjamin Franklin

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care. — Marvin J. Ashton

There is great force hidden in a sweet command. — George Herbert

The holiday season promotes a heightened sense of community. It draws our chins up and helps us look above and over the limiting fence of our own events, activities and preoccupations. The opportunity for a heroic gesture can tap you quietly on the shoulder in the midst of a holiday bustle. If you are attentive, you will notice the gentle touch and will be able to respond. Remember… There are no small acts of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world. — Mary Anne Radmacher

Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing, Beloved from pole to pole. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I’m not really big on slapstick humor. I like gentle humor. — Anjelica Huston

I may be kindly, I am ordinarily gentle, but in my line of business I am obliged to will terribly what I will at all. — Catherine the Great

War is cruelty, and none can make it gentle. — Gilbert Parker

My wife is one of the best wimin on this Continent, altho’ she isn’t always gentle as a lamb with mint sauce. — Charles Farrar Browne