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Gentleness is an aspect of kindness, the characteristic of being tender and amiable, and having a considerate or kindly disposition.


  • ternura, la palabra pequeña, familiar/que cabía en mi boca.
    • tenderness, the small familiar word/that fits exactly in my mouth.
    • The selected poems of Rosario Castellanos (1989)
  • Gentleness, as opposed to an irascible temper, greatly contributes to the tranquility and happiness of life, by preserving the mind from perturbation, and arming it against the assaults of calumny and malice.
    • Epicurus, as quoted in Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers (Half-Hours with the Freethinkers) by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts (1877)

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 311.
  • Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re.
    • Gentle in manner, firm in reality.
    • Claudio Acquaviva, Industriæ ad Curandos Animæ Morbos.
  • He is gentil that doth gentil dedis.
  • Peragit tranquilla potestas
    Quod violenta nequit; mandataque fortius urget
    Imperiosa quies.
    • Power can do by gentleness that which violence fails to accomplish; and calmness best enforces the imperial mandate.
    • Claudianus, De Consulatu Mallii Theodori Panegyris, CCXXXIX.
  • La violence est juste où la douceur est vaine.
    • Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.
    • Pierre Corneille, Héraclius, I, 1.
  • The mildest manners and the gentlest heart.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XVII, line 756. Pope's translation.
  • Plus fait douceur que violence.
  • At caret insidiis hominum, quia mitis, hirundo.
    • The swallow is not ensnared by men because of its gentle nature.
    • Ovid, Ars Amatoria, II. 149.
  • Gentle to others, to himself severe.
  • What would you have? your gentleness shall force
    More than your force move us to gentleness.
  • Those that do teach young babes
    Do it with gentle means and easy tasks:

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