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Answered 2015-03-29 18:07:16

T.H. Thompson and John Watson use the quote, but it's origination comes from a man known as Philo of Alexandria, a Jewish philosopher who was born in Alexandria, Egypt and lived 20 BC to 50 AD (also known as Philo Judeaus).

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This is often misattributed to Plato and Philo, but is far more recent than that. Maybe there was something similar. For example:

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. - John Watson (aka Ian MacLaren)"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle" ― J.M. Barrie
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