But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.—HEB. xiii. 16.

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.—I JOHN iii. 11.

  Be useful where thou livest, that they may
  Both want and wish thy pleasing presence still.
  …Find out men’s wants and will,
  And meet them there. All worldly joys go less
  To the one joy of doing kindnesses.


Let the weakest, let the humblest remember, that in his daily course he can, if he will, shed around him almost a heaven. Kindly words, sympathizing attentions, watchfulness against wounding men’s sensitiveness,—these cost very little, but they are priceless in their value. Are they not almost the staple of our daily happiness? From hour to hour, from moment to moment, we are supported, blest, by small kindnesses.


Small kindnesses, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually practised in our social intercourse, give a greater charm to the character than the display of great talents and accomplishments.