Richard Evan’s Quote Book

After breakfast I decided to pull the book, Richard Evan’s Quote Book off my shelf. Remarkably, the ones read seemed to be what was needed to start my day.

“I have taken my best pains not to laugh at the actions of mankind, not to groan over them, not to be angry with them, but to understand them.” -Baurch Spinoza

“Oh, the comfort the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words-but pouring them all right out-just as they are – chaff and grain together-certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them-keep what is worth keeping-and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” -Dinah Maria Mulock

“Years ago I preferred clever people. There was a joy in beholding…a mind…bearing thoughts quickly translated into words, or ideas expressed in a new way. I find now that my taste has changed. Verbal fireworks often bore me. They seem motivated by self-assertion and self-display. I now prefer another type of person; one who is considerate, understanding of others, careful not to break down another person’s self-respect…My preferred person today is one who is always aware of the needs of others, or their pain and fear and unhappiness, and their search for self-respect…I once liked clever people. Now I like good people.” -Solomon Bennett Freehof