"A little word in kindness spoken,
A motion, or a tear,
Has often healed the heart that's broken
And made a friend sincere.
A word, a look, has crushed to earth
Full many a budding flower,
Which, had a smile but owned its birth,
Would bless life's darkest hour.
Then deem it not an idle thing
A pleasant word to speak;
The face you wear, the thought you bring,
A heart may heal or break."
~John Greenleaf Whittier