If a person is hungry, we should give them bread. When there is no bread, we can at least give words that nourish.
To a person who looks ill or is physically frail, we can turn the conversation to some subject that will lift their spirits and fill them with the hope and determination to get better.
Let us give something to each person we meet: joy, courage, hope, assurance, philosophy, wisdom, a vision for the future.
Let us always give something.
~ Daisaku Ikeda, poet, philosopher, educator, Buddhist leader