C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


If thou wouldst be borne with bear with others.


Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.


  • The kindest, and the happiest pair
  • Will find occasion to forbear;
  • And something every day they live
  • To pity and perhaps forgive.
  • Cowper.

    Learn from Jesus to love and to forgive. Let the blood of Jesus, which implores pardon for you in heaven, obtain it from you for your brethren here upon earth.


  • Be to her virtues very kind;
  • Be to her faults a little blind.
  • Let all her ways be unconfin’d,
  • And clap your padlock on her mind.
  • Prior.

    It is a noble and a great thing to cover the blemishes and to excuse the failings of a friend; to draw a curtain before his stains, and to display his perfections; to bury his weaknesses in silence, but to proclaim his virtues upon the housetop.


    Everything has two handles; the one soft and manageable, the other such as will not endure to be touched. If then your brother do you an injury, do not take it by the hot hard handle, by representing to yourself all the aggravating circumstances of the fact; but look rather on the soft side, and extenuate it as much as is possible, by considering the nearness of the relation, and the long friendship and familiarity between you—obligations to kindness which a single provocation ought not to dissolve. And thus you will take the accident by its manageable handle.