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[ Also see Clemency Compassion Courtesy Cruelty Forbearance Force Gentility Grace Humanity Kindness Love Manners Mercy Tenderness ]

Gentleness and repose are paramount to everything else in woman.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Gentleness is the outgrowth of benignity.
      - Hannah More

The swallow is not ensnared by men because of its gentle nature.
  [Lat., At caret insidiis hominum, quia mitis, hirundo.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (II, 149)

The human heart becomes softened by hearing of instances of gentleness and consideration.
      - Plutarch

Gentle to others, to himself severe.
      - Samuel Rogers, Voyage of Columbus
         (canto VI)

Better make penitents by gentleness than hypocrites by severity.
      - Saint Francis de Sales

If you would fall into any extreme, let it be on the side of gentleness. The human mind is so constructed that it resists rigor, and yields to softness.
      - Saint Francis de Sales

Let gentleness thy strong enforcement be.
      - William Shakespeare

The gentleness of all the gods go with thee.
      - William Shakespeare

We must be gentle now we are gentlemen.
      - William Shakespeare

What thou wilt,
  Thou shalt rather enforce it with thy smile,
    Than hew to't with thy sword.
      - William Shakespeare

Your gentleness shall force, more than your force move us to gentleness.
      - William Shakespeare

But whate'er you are
  That in this desert inaccessible,
    Under the shade of melancholy boughs,
      Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time;
        If ever you have looked on better days,
          If ever been where bells have knolled to church,
            If ever sat at any good man's feast,
              If ever from your eyelids wiped a tear
                And know what 'tis to pity and be pitied,
                  Let gentleness my strong enforcement be;
                    In the which hope I blush, and hide my sword.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Orlando at II, vii)

What would you have? Your gentleness shall force
  More than your force move us to gentleness.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, vii)

They are as gentle
  As zephyrs blowing below the violet,
    Not wagging his sweet head; and yet as rough,
      Their royal blood enchafed, as the rud'st wind
        That by the top doth take the mountain pine
          And make him stoop to th' vale.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Belarius at IV, ii)

Those that do teach young babes
  Do it with gentle means and easy tasks:
    He might have chid me so; for, in good faith,
      I am a child to chiding.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Desdemona at IV, ii)

Sweet speaking oft a currish heart reclaims.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

If we were to form an image of dignity in a man, we should give him wisdom and valor, as being essential to the character of manhood. In the like manner, if you describe a right woman, in a laudable sense, she should have gentle softness, tender fear, and all those parts of life which distinguish, her from the other sex, with some subordination to it, but such an inferiority as makes her still more lovely.
      - Sir Richard Steele

An accent very low
  In blandishment, but a most silver flow
    Of subtle-paced counsel in distress,
      Right to the heart and brain, though undiscried,
        Winning its way with extreme gentleness
          Through all the outworks of suspicion's pride.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Gentleness and affability conquer at last.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Let mildness ever attend thy tongue.
      - Theognis of Megara

A crystal river
  Diaphanous because it travels slowly;
    Soft is the music that would charm forever;
      The flower of sweetest smell is shy and lowly.
      - William Wordsworth

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