This post is Day 22 of my "31 Days of Gentleness for the Rest of Us" series.
"Gentleness is a conscious decision to temper one's knowledge, skills, authority or power with kindness and compassion. Gentleness does not refer to what we do but how we do it. Gentleness does not refer to what we know but how we share that knowledge." – Mary Ann Froehlich
"Gentle Christians are known for who they represent, instead of what they stand against." – Mary Ann Froehlich
"Gentleness is never a cowardly retreat from reality." – Stanley Horton
“Oh! that gentleness! how far more potent is it than force!” – Charlotte Brontë
"Be gentle to all and stern with yourself." – St. Teresa of Avila
“It is wonderful how attractive a gentle, pleasant manner is, and how much it wins hearts.” – St. Francis de Sales
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength." – St. Francis de Sales
“I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.” – Leo Rosten
“Gentleness is strength under control. It is the ability to stay calm, no matter what happens.” – Elizabeth George
"Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people." – Garrison Keillor
Which of these quotes most resonates with you?
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