Kindness Quotes

661 Kindness Quotes With Images


Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting. Marlene Dietrich


Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up. Jesse Jackson


The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. Hada Bejar


A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. Thomas Carlyle


What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal


Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude. Confucius


The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. Kahlil Gibran


I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. Neil Gaiman




To understand everything is to forgive everything. Osho


Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop


A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. John Ruskin


You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. Publilius Syrus


One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. Sophocles


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Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth. C. A. Bartol


Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. William Makepeace Thackeray


When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. Abraham Joshua Heschel


Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most. Unknown


Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him. Frank A. Clark


I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels. Pearl S. Buck


It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. Eric Hoffer


There’s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams


The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission. George MacDonald


Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. Og Mandino


Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. Paramahansa Yogananda


We rise by lifting others. Robert Ingersoll


Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused. Tommy Lee Jones


One can’t be kind to one person and cruel to another. Morarji Desai


Whatever point of view you have, there’s another. Jack Kornfield


Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Brault


Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter. Sam Altman


Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Saint Francis de Sales


Politeness is the flower of humanity. Joseph Joubert




My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama


No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank


Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius


There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Extend yourself in kindness to other human being wherever you can. Oprah Winfrey


There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness. Cicero


When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou


When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. Buddha


The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard. Henry David Thoreau


Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us. Pope Francis


Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama


Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. William Shakespeare


Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa


Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran


The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth. Albert Einstein


Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs. Coco Chanel


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi


Be pitiful, for every man is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren 


For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi


In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi




Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life. Isaac Bashevis Singer


Kindness gives birth to kindness. Sophocles


Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions. Kiana Tom


Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. Max Irons


Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey


Everyone responds to kindness. Richard Gere


Kindness is showing someone they matter. Unknown


Kill them with kindness, slay them with a smile. Caesar (The Goodbye Man)


Kindness is love and love is kindness. Unknown


Always be a little kinder than necessary. James M. Barrie


Tenderness is a virtue. Oliver Goldsmith


Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness. Sophocles


We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness. Frederick William Robertson


Be a little kinder than you have to. E. Lockhart


How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! George Elliston


Be kind to the living. James McBride


Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. Teresa of Avila


Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty. Phaedrus


Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Unknown


Men are cruel, but Man is kind. Rabindranath Tagore




Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows. Robert Green Ingersoll


It doesn’t do any good to argue. Be kind. Richard G. Scott


Be kind with people and tough with their ideas. The Stoic Emperor


To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius


Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. Evelyn Underhill


A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string. George Dennison Prentice


It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn’t matter. Because I think it’s pretty much the only thing that matters. Josh Radnor


Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home. Kin Hubbard


I’m a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small. Liam Neeson


Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty. Sylvia Rossetti


Concentrate on what you have to do. Fix your eyes on it. Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy. Marcus Aurelius


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One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. William Shakespeare


Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. John Wesley


Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. Rabbi Tarfon


I am not and never will be perfect. I am not always as honest, respectful, responsible, fair or as kind as I should be. All I can do is what I should do: strive every day, with every decision to be the best person I can be. I don’t expect to be perfect but I know I can be better. Michael Josephson


Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind. Henri Frederic Amiel


It may take a little self-discipline, be simple, be kind, stay rested. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


Six essential qualities that are the key to success: Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity. William Menninger


When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. Saint Francis de Sales


So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs. Ella Wheeler Wilcox


The true and noble way to kill a foe, is not to kill him, – you, with kindness, may so change him, that he shall cease to be so, and then he’s slain.Unknown


We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden. Jean Baptiste Henry Lacordaire


The wonderful thing is that it’s so incredibly easy to be kind. Ingrid Newkirk



Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. Bill Gates

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed. Mary Oliver

We have to be active about kindness and about peace. I’ve always fantasized that it would be great if there was a Department of Peace. Dave Matthews

You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be. Don Van Vliet

They are always saying God loves us. If that’s love I’d rather have a bit of kindness. Graham Greene

Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does. Mason Cooley

A kind word is like a Spring day. Russian Proverb

A dog has one aim in life… to bestow his heart. J.R. Ackerley

To belittle, you have to be little. Kahlil Gibran

Kindness does wonderful things to a face. Dixie Doyle

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. Andy Rooney

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. Phyllis Diller

Kind people are the best kind of people. Unknown



Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning. Frederick W. Faber

People will clap to be nice. They will not laugh to be nice. Kenny Rogers

He who fears to weep, should learn to be kind to those who weep. Ahmad Shah Massood

Anger exceeding limits causes fear and excessive kindness eliminates respect. Euripides

Praise by name, criticize by category. Warren Buffett

There is a rollicking kindness that looks like malice. Friedrich Nietzsche

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness. George Eliot

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity. George Eliot

Kindness is not about instant gratification. More often, it’s akin to a low-risk investment that appreciates steadily over time. Josh Radnor

Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. Frank Herbert

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. Benjamin Jowett

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. Kahlil Gibran

There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In the context of interfaith encounter, we need to bring to the surface how our actual beliefs shape what we do – not simply to agree that kindness is better than cruelty. Rowan D. Williams

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. Francis of Assisi

In the midst of global crises such as pollution, wars and famine, kindness may be too easily dismissed as a ‘soft’ issue, or a luxury to be addressed after the urgent problems are solved. But kindness is the greatest need in all those areas – kindness toward the environment, toward other nations, toward the needs of people who are suffering. Until we reflect basic kindness in everything we do, our political gestures will be fleeting and fragile. Bo Lozoff

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. Mencius

It’s a kindness that the mind can go where it wishes. Ovid

It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny. Publilius Syrus

Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. Desmond Tutu

The serenity of mind, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and the purity of mind are called the austerity of thought. Bhagavad Gita

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless. Willa Cather

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnson

Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind? Jeff Bezos



You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kind hearts are the gardens. Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits. Kirpal Singh

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged. Benjamin Franklin

There’s no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late. Charles Kingsley

Kindness and a good heart are the foundation for success in this life, progress on the spiritual path, and the fulfillment of our aspirations. Our need for them is not limited to any specific time, place, society, or culture. Dalai Lama

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward. William John Bennett

We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead. Roy T. Bennett

If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution. J.M. Coetzee

A great many men’s gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature. Joseph Addison

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. Roy T. Bennett

It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. John Steinbeck


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Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns. Marc Estrin

When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right. W. Somerset Maugham

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Rubin

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. C. S. Lewis

Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks. Thomas Fuller



A little madness a little kindness makes for happiness. Nicole Johnson

Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love…Kindness is good will. Kindness says, ‘I want you to be happy’. Randolph Ray

Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older, showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses. Rembrandt

I’m always impressed by confidence, kindness and a sense of humour. Tamara Mellon

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. Henry Van Dyke

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. Kahlil Gibran

And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things. Martin Scorsese

Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. Samuel Johnson

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Desmond Tutu

As I get older, I realize that the thing I value the most is good-heartedness. Alice Walker

There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise. William James

Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people. Roy T. Bennett

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family. Mother Teresa

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. Thomas Carlyle

The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just. D. H. Lawrence

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. Henry James

I used to say I wanted somebody funny and intelligent, but kindness is the most important quality in a man. Cat Deeley

When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel. Harold Kushner

The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person’s life. William Wordsworth

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind. Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Love and kindness go hand in hand. Marian Keyes

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Joseph Joubert

There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. Jane Austen

I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them. Brigitte Bardot

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion. Dalai Lama

There is something akin to freedom in having a lover who has no control over you, except that which he gains by kindness and attachment. Harriet Ann Jacobs

It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be. Josh Radnor

My laundry list of wants in a partner is basically kindness. I want someone who is kind, and that’s kind of where it begins and ends. Jennifer Carpenter

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo

The most powerful symptom of love is a tenderness which becomes at times almost insupportable. Victor Hugo

What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love. Richard Gere

We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness. Ellen Goodman

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. Barbara De Angelis

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours. Kurt Vonnegut

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again. Augustine of Hippo

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. Benjamin Franklin

Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference – in our own lives and those of others. Sharon Salzberg

Splendor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, absence of malice, and absence of pride; these are the qualities of those endowed with divine virtues, O Arjuna. Bhagavad Gita

Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. Billy Graham

There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. Bryant H. McGill

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. Corrie Ten Boom

Without forgiveness, there’s no future. Desmond Tutu

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. John Green

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. George MacDonald

Forgiveness means letting go of the past. Gerald Jampolsky

Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. Kahlil Gibran

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave. Indira Gandhi

Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons. Jessica Lange

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. Josh Billings

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. Norman Cousins

Forgiveness is the final form of love. Reinhold Niebuhr

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. Suzanne Somers

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else. Alphonse Karr

I’m dangerously generous. Mika



Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does. Roy T. Bennett

We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. Whoopi Goldberg

One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us. Joe Rogan

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. Dennis Prager

Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. Ellen DeGeneres

First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her – for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys. Queen Elizabeth II

My philosophy is that the most important aspect of any religion should be human kindness. And to try to ease the suffering of others. Steven Seagal

Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people. Roy T. Bennett

Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return. Roy T. Bennett

There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world. Bob Anderson

Kindness is caring for others, even when they may not care for you. Unknown

In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with. Brian Tracy

One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”… whatever you’re feeling. Steve Maraboli

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. Kahlil Gibran

I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy. Kahlil Gibran

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 knows. Audrey Hepburn

It is so much easier to be nice, to be respectful, to put yourself in your customers’ shoes and try to understand how you might help them before they ask for help, than it is to try to mend a broken customer relationship. Mark Cuban

It is good to be helpful and kindly, but don’t give yourself to be melted into candle grease for the benefit of the tallow trade. George Eliot

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters. Amit Ray

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard



Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. Frank A. Clark

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer. Mahatma Gandhi

A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward. Saint Basil

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. Barbara de Angelis

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. George Sand

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. Amelia Earhart

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments. Talmud

Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be first in love. I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity. Martin Luther King Jr

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it. Dante Alighieri

A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life. Roy T. Bennett

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Kahlil Gibran

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do. Kahlil Gibran

You give but little when you give of your possessions. Kahlil Gibran

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth

We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Howard Zinn

A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms. Og Mandino

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today. Francis of Assisi

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. Sally Koch

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others. Brian Tracy

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Richard Dawkins

Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin. Tacitus

Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing. Rumi

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing. Alexander Pope

Lose yourself in generous service and every day can be a most unusual day, a triumphant day, an abundantly rewarding day! William Arthur Ward

The more generous we are, the more joyous we become. The more cooperative we are, the more valuable we become. The more enthusiastic we are, the more productive we become. The more serving we are, the more prosperous we become. William Arthur Ward

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

Lord, help us to live the virtue of generosity, to love without limits. Pope Francis

Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived. Albert Brooks



Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts. Madame de Stael

What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest? Aeschylus

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable. Paramahansa Yogananda

To be liked, it means that you must be treating people with respect and you must be showing kindness toward them. Queen Rania of Jordan

I guess at the end of the day, all women like to be appreciated and treated with respect and kindness. Sofia Vergara

People just deserve to be treated with kindness. Sophia Bush

Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things. Terry Pratchett

Good manners are the technique of expressing considerations for the feelings of others. Alice Miller

True politeness consists in being easy one’s self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can. Alexander Pope

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. Arthur Schopenhauer

Be courteous to all but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. George Washington

Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations. Bryant H. McGill

Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul. Honore De Balzac

How would your life be different if… You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey. Steve Maraboli

Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times. John Gerzema

Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within. Jean de la Bruyere

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness. Josh Billings

On Politeness : Easy to learn. Easy to practice. Marlene Dietrich

Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. Dalai Lama

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying. Mary Wilson Little

Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same. Oliver Goldsmith

The only true source of politeness is consideration. William Gilmore Simms



Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. Dalai Lama

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. Kahlil Gibran

Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Dalai Lama

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. Hubert H. Humphrey

But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope. Dave Matthews

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I don’t worry about people misinterpreting my kindness for weakness. Jason Bateman

We must not mistake kindness for weakness. Kindness isn’t weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength. Jim Rohn

I am a little bit of a softie, yes. Actually I don’t think it’s softness, I think it’s kindness. Len Goodman

It is sometimes difficult to view compassion and loving kindness as the strengths they are. Sharon Salzberg

Sometimes people don’t trust the force of kindness. They think love or compassion or kindness will make you weak and kind of stupid and people will take advantage of you; you won’t stand up for other people. Sharon Salzberg

Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness. Unknown

It’s unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn’t have to say this, but I really like human beings who have suffered. They’re kinder. Emma Thompson


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People just take your kindness for weakness sometimes, and that’s just the bottom line. Ruben Studdard

What I call the depth of generosity is when people are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. Oscar Wilde

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. R.J. Palacio

Above all, it is not decency or goodness of gentleness that impresses the Middle East, but strength. Meir Kahane

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou

In this world, there is nothing softer or thinner than water. But to compel the hard and unyielding, it has no equal. That the weak overcomes the strong, that the hard gives way to the gentle – this everyone knows. Yet no one asks accordingly. Lao Tzu

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. Leo Buscaglia



Loving yourself is healing the world. Jaymie Gerard

We are all the foolishness and all the crimes we did. We’re also all the kindnesses we did. Hugh Leonard

Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another. Walter Savage Landor

To be kind to others, be kind to yourself first.

Kindness is a reflection of who you are. Unknown

Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. Louise L. Hay

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Sharon Salzberg

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. Marilyn Monroe

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself. Mark Twain

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. Michel de Montaigne

The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone. Ayn Rand

To be kind to others you must first be kind to yourself.

What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself. C. JoyBell C.

Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognized yourself as a friend. Elizabeth Gilbert

We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves. Malcolm X

Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip. Glenn Beck

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. Wayne W. Dyer

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. Rita Mae Brown

The moment that we realize our attention has wandered is the magic moment of the practice, because that’s the moment we have the chance to be really different. Instead of judging ourselves, and berating ourselves, and condemning ourselves, we can be gentle with ourselves. Sharon Salzberg

It’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life. Roy T. Bennett

Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful. Amit Ray

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. Jack Kornfield

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society. Francis of Assisi

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph campbell

Accept yourself totally and you’ll change your life. Unknown



The simple act of caring is heroic. Edward Albert

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. Harold Kushner

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. Margaret Mead

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance. Pablo Casals

Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, courage in your own. Adam Lindsay Gordon

If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up. Booker T. Washington

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. Chinese Proverb

Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound. Unknown

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss

Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness. Aesop

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest. Francis Bacon

Never be so busy as not to think of others. Mother Teresa

You either believe that people respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I’m obviously in the latter camp. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment. Brian Eno

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. Emma Goldman

I think what children need is love, security, stability, consistency, and kindness. Rosie O’Donnell

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. Kahlil Gibran

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become. Louis Pasteur

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. Nelson Mandela

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. Frank A. Clark

In mine opinion, love is fitter than fear, gentleness better than beating, to bring up a child rightly in learning. Roger Ascham

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better? Jane Nelson

True popularity comes from acts of kindness rather than acts of stupidity. Bo Bennett

Goodness is the only investment that never fails. Henry David Thoreau



Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter. Sam Altman

It’s all about hope, kindness and a connection with one another. Elizabeth Taylor

A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away. George Eliot

In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths. Graham Greene

There is always a way to be honest without being brutal. Arthur Dobrin

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Wendy Mass

Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house…kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness. Mother Teresa


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It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others. Aristotle

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. St. Basil

The very nature of kindness is to spread. If you are kind to others, today they will be kind to you, and tomorrow to somebody else. Sri Chinmoy

As the rain falls on the just and unjust alike, let your heart be untroubled by judgments and let your kindness rain down on all. Buddha

I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Robert Michaels

Well, I think when we can turn to the person sitting next to us and really see them with kindness and see ourselves reflected back – when there’s some dignity and compassion traveling back and forth. Sharon Stone

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. Francis Bacon

Be kind. It’s worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them. If you allow yourself to be somewhat curious – and if you get into the habit of doing that – it’s the first step to being open minded and realizing that your points of view aren’t totally opposite. Viggo Mortensen

Be nice to each other. You can make a whole day a different day for everybody. Richard Dawson

Always set high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you. Samuel Johnson

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves. James M. Barrie

The shortest distance between two people is a smile. Victor Borge



Strong people don’t put others down, they lift them up. Michael P. Watson

An enemy to whom you show kindness becomes your friend, excepting lust, the indulgence of which increases its enmity. Saadi

Let your enemies be disarmed by the gentleness of your manner, but at the same time let them feel, the steadiness of your resentment. Lord Chesterfield

An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind. Kahlil Gibran

It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. Mahatma Gandhi

Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into the Higher Consciousness. Amit Ray

There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion. Amit Ray

Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer. Niccolò Machiavelli

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnson

Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. Buddha

If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness. Lao Tzu

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer

What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind. Cleveland Amory

No one is born hating another person…People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela



Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion. Mahatma Gandhi

The Bible calls us to love our neighbors, and to do justice and love kindness, not to indiscriminately kill one another. Adam Hamilton

He who aspires to paradise should learn to deal with people with kindness. Ahmad Shah Massood

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. Kahlil Gibran

Tenderness is the greater proof of love than the most passionate of vows. Marlene Dietrich

If you expect the blessings of God, be kind to His people. Abu Bakr

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls. Jack Kerouac

I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another, it’s about the Christian ethic, it’s about kindness. Carrie Fisher

I believe in the will. I believe in discipline. I believe in the organization. I believe in the rigor that gives us work. I believe in love as an engine of all things. I believe in the light. I believe in God. I believe in kindness. Edgar Ramirez

I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy. Thomas Paine

We must seek the loving-kindness of God in all the breadth and open-air of common life. George A. Smith

I admire the fact that the central core of Buddhist teaching involves mindfulness and loving kindness and compassion. Ron Reagan

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44

Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31



A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. William Arthur Ward

The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you. Anita Roddick

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. Annie Lennox

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency. Caroline Kennedy

For my father, being kind was natural… I have to really work at it. I love competing and winning, conquest – not words you usually associate with kindness. David Copperfield

If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. Ellen DeGeneres

Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don’t believe in the good old words because we don’t believe in good old values anymore. And that’s why the world is sick. Lin Yutang

It is the history of our kindnesses that alone make this world tolerable. If it were not for that, for the effect of kind words, kind looks, kind letters… I should be inclined to think our life a practical jest in the worst possible spirit. Robert Louis Stevenson

If you have donated, these children may never know your name, but they will never forget your kindness. Roma Downey

To be hopeful in bad times is based on the fact that human history is not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. Howard Zinn

Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindness. Thomas Fuller

I think true success is intrinsic… It’s love. It’s kindness. It’s community. Tom Shadyac

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. Robert F. Kennedy

Simple kindness may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace, and care properly for this planet we all share. Bo Lozoff

If the earth does grow inhospitable toward human presence, it is primarily because we have lost our

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. Charles Kuralt

When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. And there are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious practice. For others it may be non-religious practices. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously. Dalai Lama

Every single time you help somebody stand up you are helping humanity rise. Steve Maraboli

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