From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan - the Children's home in Calcutta:


People are unreasonable,
illogical and self-centred,
love them anyway

If you do good, people will accuse you
of selfish ulterior motives,
do good anyway

If you are successful,
you win false friends and true enemies,
succeed anyway

The good you do
will be forgotten tomorrow
do good anyway

Honesty and frankness make
you vulnerable,
be honest and frank anyway

What you spent years building
may be destroyed overnight,
build anyway!

People really need help
but may attack you if you help them
help people anyway

Give the world the best you have and
you'll get kicked in the teeth
give the world
the best you've got anyway