I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Etienne de Grellet
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A high school teacher insisted we write this in our book. I've lived by it and now I am 68 years old, and recite it to my children.
My Dad was born on Dec. 12, 1912 & he passed away four months shy of his 100th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012 - his voice remains in my heart & soul with these words he always quoted.
My father lived his life by these words.
M. VarKonda, Buffalo,N.Y.
Has always been one of my favorite quotes
Lois Kornfeld, Saint Charles Mo
A great word for great mind
james tomry, lagos, Nigeria
This was my late grandmas fav saying and had it on her fridge.the last time I saw her she reminded me of it.
Elizabeth McCoy, Newcastle NSW
Just hope I can live up to this.
Al Phelps, El Paso, TX
I really love this quote since my high school days because it reminds me not to procrastinate. Thanks.
Maria Linda, Philippines
I heard this many decades ago and it keeps coming back to my mind.
CHARLES CLOPTON, Valley Village, CA 91607
I like this quote because it teaches people not to defer any act of kindness, whether it be in word, in kind or action to do it now...for the person for whom it was meant may not be there when you choose to do or may neither you may be there to do it. Don't postpone acts of kindntesses, do it now
Pamela Gordon, Chennai, India
I lived my life this way
Jin Harmer, North Adelaide Autstralia
I too try to live by this quote. It is the simplest yet the best.
This has been my mantra since I read this 50 years ago. It simply says it all!
I first learned this quote in 10th grade in Mr. Williamson class.I don't know wheather he was a Quaker but I thank him for giving it to us.I has been words for which I try to live by.And thank you P. Chaffin for helping me reconnect with it.
Robert E. Smith, Washington,DC
If all humanity follows this phiposophy in life and behave like this , what a wonderful it would be indeed tp pive in
haniff mohmoodally, London / Mauriyus
This was a saying my Dad would say and he lived by..he passed it to me and i to my son...such a beautiful way to be in life. I also was a Nurse and totally agree with Suzanne`s comment.
Norma , Scotland
I worked 29 years at the University of Notre Dame and kept this quote taped to my computer screen to remind me every day of my mission to help every student to the best of my ability. Many of my ancestors were also Quaker, a very peaceful people.
Thanks so much for posting this quote & also the website. Some of my ancestors were Quakers (1600's). If they lived by this and other such ideals, what a great blessing they were, and have passed it on to generations of their descendants.
As a nurse I remember this every day, I feel it should be part of our Professional Code of Conduct- if this is not how you feel as a nurse then change your occupation.
I have always loved this quote... So beautiful. If only humans would adhere. It is so sad that humans are so scared of each other. It breaks my heart.
Retha, Cape Town, South Africa