Monday, April 07, 2014

two hands

Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980) was an educator, a journalist, a writer, a television host and a humorist. He wrote the following poem (the more commonly cited variation) for his granddaughter, which was later read by Audrey Hepburn on a French television program in 1989 (and has forever since become erroneously attributed to her). It's a lovely medley of platitudes not unlike Desiderata or the sage advice Shakespeare's Polonius gives his child Laertes before sending him out into the world.

Time Tested Beauty Tips
by Sam Levenson
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

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