The popular quote “Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” was written by the Scottish author and theologian Reverend John Watson, sometimes known by his nom de plume Ian Maclaren. Here’s John Watson’s complete dialogue (source) of the theme of the dictum in a book John Watson wrote in 1903:

This man beside us also has a hard fight with an unfavouring world, with strong temptations, with doubts and fears, with wounds of the past which have skinned over, but which smart when they are touched. It is a fact, however surprising. And when this occurs to us we are moved to deal kindly with him, to bid him be of good cheer, to let him understand that we are also fighting a battle; we are bound not to irritate him, nor press hardly upon him nor help his lower self.

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