[This is more pessimistic than my own philosophy, but I don't live in Calcutta.]

From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan,
a children's home in Calcutta:

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
 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 will make you vulnerable.
 Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spent years building may be destroyed over night.
 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 have anyway.

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