Quotes about Kindness

37 kindness quotes from across time and the globe!

Quotes about Kindness: Acts

~ Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English social-commentary novelist

~ If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.
Martin Kornfeld (details unknown)

~ Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Scott Adams (born 1957) U.S. author, creator of the Dilbert comic strip

~ Random acts of kindness are essential to our well-being, as they liberate us from self-obsession, selfishness, and isolation.
Ed and Deb Shapiro, contemporary U.S. authors, meditation retreats/workshops leaders

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Quotes about Kindness: Behaviour

~ Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama (born 1935) Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader

~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Plato (429-347 B.C.E.) Greek philosopher, mathematician, writer, founder of the West’s first institution of higher learning

~ Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) U.S. social writer, philosopher

~ The object is not to see through one another, but to see one another through.
Peter De Vries (1910-1993) U.S. editor, novelist

~ Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on giving as good as they get.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) U.S. writer, publisher, artist, philosopher

~ Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?
James Barrie (1860-1937) Scottish author, dramatist

~ Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.
C. Neil Strait (1934-2003) U.S. Christian pastor, Church of the Nazarene district superintendent

~ 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 (1843-1916) U.S.-born English writer

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Quotes about Kindness: Communication

~ A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) U.S. writer of inspirational maxims

~ The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) U.S. abolitionist, author

~ Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. author, humorist

~ The fairest graciousness, they say, is a kindly look. Wherever it thrives, the whole world flourishes.
Thirukural (2,000-year-old Tamil poem of wisdom)

~ We think it’s kind to listen to repetitive negativity. But really it drains our energy and drains their energy.
SARK (born 1953) U.S. author, artist, life coach

(=> Also see below: Quotes about Kindness: Words)

Quotes about Kindness

~ Kindness never loses its value.
Steve Whyte, contemporary English life coach, motivational speaker, blog-talk-radio host, musician

~ Kindness is the sunshine in which the virtues grow.
Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899) U.S. social activist, orator

~ If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
Lucy Larcom (1824-1893) U.S. poet

~ Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, dramatist, novelist, philosopher

~ When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
Abraham Heschel (1907-1972) Polish-born U.S. rabbi, leading Jewish theologian, philosopher

~ A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Washington Irving (1783-1859) U.S. author, essayist, biographer, historian

Quotes about Kindness: Love

~ Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist, essayist

~ The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English Romantic poet

~ Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao Tzu, 6th century BCE Chinese Taoist philosopher

Quotes about Kindness to Others

~ When you are kind to others it not only changes you, it changes the world.
Harold Kushner (born 1935) U.S. rabbi, author

~ Consideration equals strength, so the more considerate of others you are, the stronger you will become.
Daisaku Ikeda (born 1928) Japanese philosopher, Buddhist leader, author, poet, photographer, pacifist

~ 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 (1931-2007) Indian-born U.S.-based poet, writer, musician, artist, spiritual teacher

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Quotes about Kindness: Wisdom

~ What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 -1778) Swiss philosopher, writer, composer

~ Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin (born 1923) U.S. psychiatrist, author

Quotes about Kindness: Words

~ Kind words will unlock an iron door.
Turkish Proverb

~ For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) Belgian-born British actress, humanitarian

~ One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese proverb

~ Blessed is he who speaks a kindness; thrice blessed is he who repeats it.
Arabian Proverb

~ Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Macedonian-born Christian missionary

~ A kind word and a pat on the back work wonders and fill the emotional bank account with confidence and a desire to keep trying.
Judy H. Wright, contemporary U.S. parent educator, family coach, personal historian

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