“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” —Mark Twain (1835–1910)
Mark Twain lived in the Village for many years; see one of the houses he and his family occupied on the Greenwich Village Walking Tour.
This colorful, hand-painted sign is another reason why I love Greenwich Village. It is another affirmation that this part of the world is very special.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
—Lao Tzu (604 BC–531 BC, Chinese Philosopher)
The sign offers a piece of advice that each of us can practice. The sign has been displayed for years. It first hung from the side of the private townhouse at 252 West 12th Street, between Greenwich Avenue (which was originally called Greenwich Lane) and West Fourth Street. Now it stands in the service area of the townhouse’s supported by wooden posts, looking rather make shift, even a bit ramshackle. Its message is important. This is a gentle reminder for all who pass. Hopefully all will see it and take note.
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
—William Arthur Ward (1921–1994, American writer)