If You Cannot. . .

If You Cannot. . .

If you cannot be merciful, at least speak as though you are a sinner.
If you are not a peacemaker, at least do not be a troublemaker.
If you cannot be assiduous, at least in your thought do not be like a sluggard.
If you are not victorious, do not exalt yourself over the vanquished.
If you cannot close the mouth of a man who disparages his companion, at least refrain from joining him in this.
—St. Isaac the Syrian

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