Speak Gently was written by G. W. Langford and consists of eight verses. Here are three of them:
Speak gently; it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently; let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here.
Speak gently to the young; for they
Will have enough to bear;
Through this life as best they may,
‘Tis full of anxious care.
Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the careworn heart;
Whose sands of life are nearly run,
Let such in peace depart.
Photo: Minnow Creek, Adelaide Hills, South Australia. (c) Marie Trudinger, 2016.
Living healthy doesn’t make you live longer,
it just seems that way.
Photo: Ghost Gum at Sunset. (c) Sam Gross, circa 1950
Winter must be cold, for those with no warm memories.
Photo: Ghost Gum in Palm Valley, James Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia.
(c) Marie Trudinger 1955
When I finally got it all together, I forgot where I put it.
Photo: Mudflat, Gumtree, Waikerie, SA. (c) L.M. Kling. 1985.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night
is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
US author John Steinbeck.
Photo: South-west Tasmania. (c) D. Trudinger, circa 1985.
Insight often comes during moments of peaceful contemplation.
Photo: Lake Louise, Canada. (c) Marie Trudinger , 1987.
Tact is the ability to convince someone else that they are smarter than you.
Photo: Avon River, Christchurch, New Zealand. (c) Marie Trudinger 2000.