Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise

A very pertinent post that reminded me to look beyond the superficial presentation of a person and recognise our common humanity.

Roy Marshall

The quote at the top of this page is taken from the wall of ‘Shakespeare and co.’ a bookshop on the left bank in Paris. I discovered the shop when returning from a train trip through several European countries with a girlfriend when I was eighteen
and took a photograph, long since lost, of these words .
It looked very much like the one below.

Be not inhospitable

The quote has, at various times, been wrongly attributed to both W.B Yeats and  William Shakespeare. It was actually the bookshop owner, George Whitman, who wrote and possibly hand painted these words on the wall of his bookshop. The words are in fact paraphrased from the Bible

‘ Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.’
Hebrews 13:2

Why am I writing about this? Because some months ago I was contacted…

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