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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life

Piero Ferrucci

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Generosity is, by definition, disinterested.” (p.157)”

“it is clear that our very survival, even today, depends upon the acts and kindness of so many people.”

“Human relations are becoming colder. Communications are becoming more hurried and impersonal. Values such as profit and efficiency are taking on greater importance at the expense of human warmth and genuine presence.”

“whether we are aware of it or not, every act of trust carries with it a shiver of fear.”

“To be in the present with someone else is a gift. The gift of attention is perhaps the most precious and envied of all, even though we do not always realize it.”

“The essence of memory is not in the storage of information, but in the emotions we hold, in the meaning we give to our recollections, in relationships that, because we remember them, stay alive. The friends of my childhood, the pain of a goodbye, the meeting with a special person, a wonderful September afternoon, and so forth—all these are not merely items I keep in an archive. They are vital ingredients of my history.”

“The heart follows a different kind of math: Acts of kindness and generosity increase our feeling of time affluence.”

“The fabric of our life is made of care, solidarity, mutual service. These qualities are so embedded in our daily events that we may not even notice them.”

“Just as warmth brings to light our personalities and makes us feel special and indispensable, coldness can turn us into nameless shadows.”

“They are all people like us, you know.” There you have a sense of belonging that is refined, and above all free and active in any situation. Some spiritual traditions have recognized the importance of this openness. Christianity, for example, talks about seeing in every individual our brother or sister. Tibetan Buddhism invites us to carry out a curious mental exercise: to look at whomever we meet as someone who, in a previous life, of the infinite series of incarnations through which we have passed, has been our mother.”

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