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

Gentle in manner, firm in reality.
  [Lat., Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re.]
      - Claudio Aquaviva,
        Industrioe ad Curandos Animoe Morbos

The best and simplest cosmetic for women is constant gentleness and sympathy for the noblest interests of her fellow-creatures. This preserves and gives to her features an indelibly gay, fresh, and agreeable expression. If women would but realize that harshness makes them ugly, it would prove the best means of conversion.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Fearless gentleness is the most beautiful of feminine attractions born of modesty and love.
      - Mrs. Clara Lucas Balfour

With regard to manner, be careful to speak in a soft, tender, kind and loving way. Even when you have occasion to rebuke, be careful to do it with manifest kindness. The effect will be incalculably better.
      - Hosea Ballou

Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gestures or quick movements inspire involuntary disrespect.
      - Honore de Balzac

Gentleness corrects whatever is offensive in our manners.
      - Hugh Blair

Gentleness, which belongs to virtue, is to be carefully distinguished from the mean spirit of cowards and the fawning assent of sycophants.
      - Hugh Blair

True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to Him who made us, and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and the duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.
      - Hugh Blair

In families well ordered, there is always one firm, sweet temper, which controls without seeming to dictate. The Greeks represented Persuasion as crowned.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Experience has caused it to be remarked that in the country where the laws are gentle, the minds of the citizens are struck by it, as it is elsewhere by the most severe.
      - Catherine, the Great

He is gentil that doth gentil dedis.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 6,695), The Wife of Bath's Tale

Power can do by gentleness that which violence fails to accomplish; and calmness best enforces the imperial mandate.
  [Lat., Peragit tranquilla potestas
    Quod violenta nequit; mandataque fortius urget
      Imperiosa quies.]
      - Claudian (Claudianus),
        De Consulatu Mallii Theodori Panegyris
         (CCXXXIX)

Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.
  [Fr., La violence est juste ou la douceur est vaine.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Heraclius (I, 1)

The golden beams of truth and the silken cords of love, twisted together, will draw men on with a sweet violence, whether they will or not.
      - Ralph Cudworth

We do not believe, or we forget, that "the Holy Ghost came down, not in shape of a vulture, but in the form of a dove."
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

With all women gentleness is the most persuasive and powerful argument.
      - Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier

In the husband wisedome, in the wife gentlenesse.
  [In the husband wisdom, in the wife gentleness.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

The mildest manners and the greatest heart.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XVII, l. 756), (Pope's translation)

A man never so beautifully shows his own strength as when he respects a woman's softness.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Gentleness succeeds better than violence.
  [Fr., Plus fait douceur que violence.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (VI, 3)

A woman's strength is most potent when robed in gentleness.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

It is only people who possess firmness who can possess true gentleness. In those who appear gentle, it is generally only weakness, which is readily converted into harshness.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Gentleness! more powerful than Hercules.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

Gentleness is far more successful in all its enterprises than violence; indeed, violence generally frustrates its own purpose, while gentleness scarcely ever fails.
      - John Locke (1)

The power of gentleness is irresistible.
      - Henry Martyn


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