An article completed by Thoughts About God provides a variety of quotes that serve as inspiration on many different topics. Two big themes are kindness and gratitude. On kindness, the Philo of Alexandria said “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” When meeting someone for the first time, there is no way to be certain what the individual is suffering through. One small act of kindness can make a world of difference. Through this, according to Washington Irving, “A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” That one act of kindness can be seen by others, and can carry on a theme of happiness and creating smiles, not suffering.
Gratitude is spoken of frequently as well. Fundamentally, “In those times we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing,” according to Jim Stovall. When individuals suffer, they must do their best to remember all that they have to be grateful for. Doing so will make the storm significantly easier to bear, for “Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic. This is a most searching and true diagnosis. Gratitude can be a vaccine that can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled attitude. As antitoxins prevent the disastrous effects of certain poisons and diseases, thanksgiving destroys the poison of faultfinding and grumbling. When trouble has smitten us, a spirit of thanksgiving is a soothing antiseptic,” in the words of John Henry Jowett. Gratitude allows individuals to focus on what is really important in their lives.
The quotes also provide many guidelines, towards individual actions and actions that will emulate the choices and thoughts of God. Individually, defining characteristics are spoken of several times. Helen Keller said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” Martin Luther King Jr. spoke similarly of character built in challenges, saying “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Change and effort are important to Anne Frank and Winston Churchill, who said “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world,” and “Continuous effort — not strength nor intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential” respectfully. Finally, above all else, individuals must follow in the ways of God, according to Elisabeth Elliot, as she pleads, “Teach me to treat all that comes to me with peace of soul and with firm conviction that You will govern all.”