Woodward English Quote
The Quote

So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.

Ella Wheeler Cox, 1850 – 1919
American writer and poet



Creed – a set of principles or opinions, especially with regard to philosophies of life.
To wind – to go in a circular or crooked course.
Kind – adjective; synonyms: nice, friendly generous, benevolent. Noun form: kindness

Notice how the verb To wind rhymes with the adjective Kind.

Thoughts on the Quote

There are many religions in the world and each one has their own path to find salvation. Each path, instructs us on how to behave, how to live our lives, and how to save the world. However, according to the poet, saving the world can be done in a very simple way: showing kindness.
She refers to “the art of being kind” as the way to solve the world’s problems.
Where religion and politics have failed, kindness can prevail.
Can we save the world through kindness?
Can you personally change the world by being kind?


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