Wednesday Wisdom - Share the Love


All the beautiful sentiments in the world
weigh less than a single lovely action.


- James Russell Lowell (1819 - 1891)




We know what a person thinks
not when he tells us what he thinks,
but by his actions.


- Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904 - 1991)





Be great in act,
as you have been in thought.


- William Shakespeare




One act of beneficence,
one act of real usefulness,
is worth all the abstract sentiment
in the world.



- Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764




Action is eloquence.


- William Shakespeare



I've been doing a little pondering about the old adage 'actions speak louder than words'. Don't worry, I'm not going to get on my soapbox again, especially as Shakespeare and friends have already summed up my thoughts on the matter quite elegantly. I just wanted to share one of my daily sources of inspiration, Operation NICE. I'm constantly amazed and humbled by the beautiful stories of beautiful people who go out of their way to help others, from their friends, family and their community, through to complete strangers who may never get the chance to thank them. I don't think I've made it through a single NICE Person of the Week post yet without having to inconspicuously dig around for a tissue.

So if you've been watching too much news and need a little extra slice of hope that humanity isn't doomed after all, head over to Operation NICE and revive your faith in humankind. Take comfort in the knowledge that there are wonderfully kind, generous people out there, and that you might just be one of them!


[Images by bigcitydreams via {this is glamorous} ]



18 comments:

Taye said...

I love love all the photos you posted. I especially love the first and the fourth one, so whimsical and beautiful. =]

Belle said...

This is such a sweet post ♥ I love all the quotes and the images. xx

James said...

You are very Nice....All of your photos are very interesting.....I like to see your Blog....

L. said...

Someone said to me one day: "Love is not a feeling, but a decision. Love is a matter of action". Thanks for remembering me.

Claire said...

Such a lovely post! I happened by you on a bit of a read through the Blogs of Note, glad I did now :D

{this is glamorous} said...

Lovely post! The first quote is fantastic. Isn't this photographer wonderful?

Court said...

This was wonderful ;)

Elle Lyzette said...

I so look forward to seeing your new ideas and concepts unfold. There is a "Calling" for you within all of this...and it is unfolding before your eyes.

Peace & light,

Elle

Chantal said...

Thank you for sharing your wisdom, very nice blog. :-)

aga! said...

Those photographs are amazing! Where do you find them?

Wow I'm new to reading your blogs but already they make my day 10x happier and brighter.

Very smart quotes!

Muppet Soul said...

::going::

michelle said...

such inspiring photos! :)

Emu Up A Gum Tree said...

Just Gorgeous, Cant wait to see some more from you.

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

what absolutely gorgeous photos!!

Daisy said...

Your blog is lovely!

{lovely little things} said...

Those are some splendid photographs!

YellePops said...

I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS I AM LEARNING FRENCH FOR THE SAKES OF ME GOING THERE ONE DAY!

Ms Unreliable said...

Taye - I think you picked my favourites too, there's something so calming about both of them...especially the 4th, that bed looks so cosy!

Belle - Thanks dearest! It was a bit tricky to try find non-Shakespeare quotes on the topic, he was a wise man that Bill!

James - Thank you kind sir, I'm glad you like! The photos aren't my own though, be sure to check out the gallery of bigcitydreams!

L. - You're surrounded by very wise people! We live in a world of a lot of talk but not a whole lot of (positive) action, and your friend was spot on, love requires more than words too!

Claire - Yay thank you, glad you stopped by, thanks for saying hello! :D

{this is glamorous} - She (he?) sure is! I love finding that one perfect image (as I so often do you on your blog), then finding that the artists gallery is full of even more perfection!

Court - Hehe thank you, it's always nice to quote a bit of Shakespeare to give one's blog a little credibility :D

Elle Lyzette - Thank you, I hope you're right! I just hope what inspires me can inspires others too!

Chantal - Thank you! If only I was quite as wise as those I quote :D

aga! - Aww thank you dear! I often find great photos on other blogs, then go have a look at the full galleries! weheartit, flickr and deviantart are also great places to look, plenty of talented people around!

Muppet Soul - You mean you're going to Operation NICE, right? :D

michelle - Aren't they? They're all so soft and warm, even though they all have a very distinct aesthetic. I love them all!

Emu Up A Gum Tree - Teehee your name makes me giggle, the mental image is just priceless! And then you, glad you like...lots more goodness coming soon :D

Tina - I tried to choose just one...but I couldn't! So I decided to include all my favourites, and even narrowing it down to 5 was tricky!

Daisy - Thank you!

{lovely little things} - I agree! The rest of bigcitydreams' gallery is just as impressive too!