Be kind, everyone is fighting a hard battle

Reverend John Watson was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland. In 1897, he wrote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”


As a medical doctor, I’ve observed that many people are suffering. But you would never guess because they put on a brave front. When I feel impatient, I remind myself that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have.


Consider these heartbreaking statistics for the United States:


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

-Edmund Burke


The greatest gift every girl can have is economic independence.

-Helen Mirren


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