Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 10 May – Courtesy

Being and Doing – 10 May – Courtesy

JUSTICE and mercy, and that rigid self-control which kept him from speaking a hasty word or harbouring a mean suspicion, combined with a divine tenderness, were his governing principles in all his home relation. ships.

From Life of C. Kingsley

NO fatigue was too great to make him forget the courtesy of less wearied moments;   no business too engrossing to deprive him of his readiness to show kindness and sympathy.   To school himself to this code of unfaltering high and noble living, was truly one of the great works of his life, for the fulfilment of which he subjected himself to a vigorous self-discipline.

From Life of C. Kingsley

THE readiness which he showed to acknowledge a fault when once convinced of it, as well as to persevere in kindness even when he thought himself injured, succeeded in healing breaches which with a less forgiving or less honest temper would have been irreparable.

From Life of Dr. Arnold

GATHER some profit to thy soul wheresoever thou art;   so that if thou seest or hearest of any good examples, thou stir up thyself to the imitation thereof.



These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.

Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.

Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.

For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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