Quotation: I believe that no characteristic is so distinctively human as the sense of indebtedness we feel, not necessarily for a favor received, but even for the slightest evidence of kindness; and there is nothing so boorish, savage, inhuman as to appear to be overwhelmed by a favor, let alone unworthy of it. Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I BELIEVE THAT NO CHARACTERISTIC IS SO DISTINCTIVELY HUMAN AS THE SENSE OF INDEBTEDNESS WE FEEL, NOT NECESSARILY FOR A FAVOR RECEIVED, BUT EVEN FOR THE SLIGHTEST EVIDENCE OF KINDNESS; AND THERE IS NOTHING SO BOORISH, SAVAGE, INHUMAN AS TO APPEAR TO BE OVERWHELMED BY A FAVOR, LET ALONE UNWORTHY OF IT.”

—Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“I SPEAK TO EVERYONE IN THE SAME WAY, WHETHER HE IS THE GARBAGE MAN OR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY”

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“KINDNESS IS PUTTING SOMETHING GOOD BACK INTO THE WORLD.”

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““YOU HAVE A UNIQUE GIFT TO OFFER THIS WORLD. BE TRUE TO YOURSELF, BE KIND TO YOURSELF, READ AND LEARN ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT INTERESTS YOU AND KEEP AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO BRING YOU DOWN. WHEN YOU TREAT YOURSELF KINDLY AND RESPECT THE UNIQUENESS OF THOSE AROUND YOU, YOU WILL BE GIVING THIS WORLD AN AMAZING GIFT... YOU!””

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“LOVE AND KINDNESS ARE NEVER WASTED. THEY ALWAYS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”

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“A WARM SMILE IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS”

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“HAPPINESS NEVER DECREASES BY BEING SHARED.”

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“I HAVE DECIDED TO STICK WITH LOVE. HATE IS TOO GREAT A BURDEN TO BEAR”

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“WHAT WISDOM CAN YOU FIND THAT IS GREATER THAN KINDNESS?”

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