There is a law in physics to the effect that action is equal to reaction. The ball rebounds from the wall with precisely the force with which it was thrown against the wall. And if I approach a man with politeness I usually receive politeness.I get from this world a smile for a smile, a kick for a kick, love for love, and hate for hate.
If I am petulant, unrestful, irritable, unsatisfied, wretched, and bored – I know what the crop will be, and might have expected the harvest when I sowed that seed of self-indulgence, lack of will, moral cowardice, and general selfishness.
If I am lonely, it was I who drove hearts away.
If I am bitter, it was I who skimped the sugar-bowl.
The loving are beloved.
The generous are helped.
The considerate are considered.
The bully by and by is bullied, the smasher smashed.
And the end of the hog is the slaughterhouse.
I like this little piece because I'm always looking for practical quotes to share with the guys at the center. There is such a variety of personalities, but one thing they all have in common, self-absorption. I have to admit that a certain fella came to mind when I read "The bully by and by is bullied, the smasher smashed." And if this piece is true, his end is........well, not good.
Dr. Frank Crane, photo by formalArt