Kindness (quotes)


What is kindness?


Kindness is about friendliness, generosity and caring

  • Kindness: The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.  Oxford Dictionary
  • Kind:  Generous, helpful, and thinking about other people’s feelings.  Cambridge Dictionary
  • Kind: Of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person.
  • 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
  • Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return.  It is the joy of our life to do them.  When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.  Emmanuel Swedenborg
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Kindness is a universal principle …

  • Principles are universal —that is, they transcend culture and geography. They’re also timeless, they never change—principles such as fairness, kindness, respect, honesty, integrity, service, contribution.  Stephen Covey
  • Liberty, equality – bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.  Henri-Frédéric Amiel
  • The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control. Against such things there is no law.  The Bible
  • The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth.  Albert Einstein
  • To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.  Confucius

… a universal language

  • Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  Mark Twain
  • A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.  William Arthur Ward
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The importance of being kind


To be kind is an important aspect of life …

  • 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
  • Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark way with us.  Amiel
  • Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.  Samuel Johnson
  • Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.  Humphry Davy
  • Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.  Adam Lindsay Gordon
  • That life is to my liking which is made up of little deeds, little sacrifices, little kindnesses.   J.R. Macduff
  • The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person’s life.  William Wordsworth
  • The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  William Wordsworth

… some argue the very purpose of life itself

  • What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?  George Eliot
  • Do we spread loving kindness?  There are many who say that this is our ultimate goal on this planet to spread loving kindness to our fellow human beings.  And when we are able to accomplish this goal, we find that our lives are transformed in the process. We’re no longer so strongly focused on things and negative thoughts and feelings, but we’ve become truly happy, content human beings who love life and living.  Tom Walsh
  • Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.  Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • We are all sent here to bring more gratitude, more kindness, more forgiveness and more love into this world. That is too big a job to be accomplished by just a few.  Richard Nelson Bolles
  • You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.  Ruth Smeltzer
  • You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for another without thought of something in return.   John Wooden
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Kindness is the very essence of love

  • The essence of love is kindness.  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.  Joseph Joubert
  • Kindness is just love with its workboots on.
  • Kindness is the insignia of a loving heart.
  • Kindness makes the difference between passion and caring. Kindness is tenderness, kindness is love, perhaps greater than love …. kindness is goodwill, kindness says “I want you to be happy.” Kindness comes very close to the benevolence of God.  Randolph Ray
  • Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.  C. S. Lewis
  • The emotion of love comes and goes like waves. Enduring love of the awakened heart is not a feeling but an action. Combining love and will, you walk the same path as the saints by showing loving- kindness to all other beings whether or not you feel like it.  Dan Millman
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The power of kindness


Kindness contains enormous power …

  • Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.  Blaise Pascal
  • A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.  William Hazlitt
  • Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.  Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.  Albert Schweitzer
  • How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a weary world.   William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice
  • Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
  • Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.  Samuel Johnson
  • One kind word can warm three snowy peaks.  Japanese proverb
  • The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.  Mahatma Gandhi
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… the power to transform and heal

  • People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is – just be a little kinder.  Aldous Huxley
  • Simple kindness to one’s self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force of all.  David R. Hawkins
  • 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
  • Kind words are the music of the world.  They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as if they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come to earth. It seems as if they could almost do what in reality God alone can do—soften the hard and angry hearts of people.  Frederick William Faber
  • While great brilliance and intellect are to be admired, they cannot dry one tear or mend a broken spirit.  Only kindness can accomplish this.  John M. Drescher
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There is no such thing as a small act of kindness …

  • There is no such thing as a simple act of compassion or an inconsequential act of service. Everything we do for another person has infinite consequences.  Caroline Myss
  • Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Scott Adams
  • Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.  Scott Adams
  • The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.  Oscar Wilde
  • Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.  Henry Clay
  • There is no small act of kindness.  Every compassionate act makes large the world.  Mary Anne Radmacher
  • 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 a potential to turn a life around. it’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.  Leo Buscaglia
  • To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.  Mahatma Gandhi
  • You never know what happiness a simple act of kindness will bring about.  Bree Abel
  • The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  William Wordsworth
  • Life is in the little things

… for being kind has a ripple effect

  • 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
  • A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will never meet or see.  Something that we casually offer may move through a web of connection far beyond ourselves to have effects that we may have never imagined.  And so each of us may have left far more behind us than we may ever know. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Often a single act of kindness sets a series of kind acts in motion.  Richard Carlson

Small acts of kindness accumulate and grow …

  • We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough.  Rabbi Harold Kushner
  • Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.  Desmond Tutu
  • The happiness of life …is made up of minute factions- the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • The accumulation of small, optimistic acts produces quality in our culture and in your life. Our culture resonates in tense times to individual acts of grace.  Jennifer James

… and being kind makes others kind

  • When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And, it’ll become like a wildfire.  Whoopi Goldberg
  • The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.  Amelia Earhart
  • One benevolent act can set in motion a series of kind acts.  Recent research shows that simply witnessing or hearing about a kindness leads people to feel “elevated” and increases their desire to perform good deeds.  Sonja Lyubomirsky

Kind words echo on for a very long time

  • Kind words are jewels that live in the heart and soul and remain as blessed memories years after they have been spoken.  Marvea Johnson
  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.  Mother Teresa
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Kindness is never wasted

  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.  Aesop
  • 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
  • A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearl slipping from a broken string.  George Prentice
  • Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.  S. H. Simmons

To be kind is to recognise how connected and mutually dependent we are

  • Gestures of kindness, courage, honesty, and love tend to be small and quiet, and most of them are made by ordinary human beings.  But these acts create and sustain a dense web of commitment that holds this planet and its people together.  The web is so resilient that it will never be completely destroyed, because it is constructed of human goodwill rather than bricks, money, or nationalism.  Sallirae Henderson
  • Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents.  And then later on in our life, when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others.  And since at the beginning and end of our lives, we are so dependent on others’ kindness, how can it be in the middle that we neglect kindness towards others?  The Dalai Lama
  • The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself.  Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselves.  John O’Donohue
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The rewards of kindness


Being kind brings great rewards

  • If you light a lamp for someone else, it will also brighten your path.  Gautama Buddha
  • Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.  Lao Tzu
  • Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.  Eric Hoffer
  • There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behaviour, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.  Chinese Proverb
  • A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.  William J. Bennett
  • Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.  Marian Wright Edelman
  • Kindness makes for much better teamwork.   John Wooden
  • Our problems are not solved by physical force, by hatred, by war.  Our problems are solved by loving kindness, by gentleness, by joy.  Gautama Buddha
  • They whose minds are filled with kindness will never enter a world dark with woe.  Tiruvalluvar
  • Be thoughtful of others and you will not be shy, for they are incompatible addictions.  Robert Brault

Kindness brings beauty to the world

  • How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!  George Elliston
  • Kindness is given so softly, so gently, Falling like tiny seeds along our paths and brightening them with flowers.  Pam Brown
  • Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.
  • Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.  Robert Green Ingersoll
  • A kind word is like a Spring day.  Russian Proverb
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Kindness makes the world a better place

  • It doesn’t take monumental feats to make the world a better place.  It can be as simple as letting someone go ahead of you in a grocery line.  Barbara Johnson
  • It seems to me that no matter what religion you subscribe to, acts of kindness are the stepping-  stones to making the world a better place–because we become better people in it.  Jodi Picoult
  • Small kindnesses, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually practiced in our social intercourse, give a greater charm to the character than the display of great talents and accomplishments.  Mary Ann Kelty
  • The accumulation of small, optimistic acts produces quality in our culture and in your life. Our culture resonates in tense times to individual acts of grace. Jennifer James
  • I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder to each other than we are. How much the world needs it!  How easily it is done!   Henry Drummond
  • Thank you to all the people in the world who are always 10% kinder than they need to be. That’s what really makes the world go round.  Helen Exley
  • We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness.  Jeremy Bentham

Kindness has a beautiful effect on the receiver

  • Kindness refreshes and restores the tired and broken.  Gerard Thomas Straub
  • Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.  Blaise Pascal
  • How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him, and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles.  Washington Irvin

Being kind makes us happy

  • 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
  • Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness.  Wayne Dyer
  • Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  James M. Barrie
  • To the same degree that you are kind, you will be happy.  Reuben Lowe
  • When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.  The Dalai Lama
  • The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions–the little, soon- forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live.  Charles M. Schwab
  • Without kindness, there can be no true joy.  Thomas Carlyle
  • If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.  A. Neilen
  • The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.  Mark Twain
  • The older you get, the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness.  Lionel Barrymore
  • Doing good to others is not a duty; it is a joy, for it increases your own health and happiness.  Marcia Simon
  • In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy.  Karl Reiland
  • The big finding was that people experienced longer-lasting improvements in mood from the kindness and gratitude activities than from those in which they indulged themselves.  Jonathan Haidt
  • The key to Joy is unconditional kindness to all life, including one’s own, which we refer to as compassion.  David R. Hawkins
  • We scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well- being of any exercise we have tested…  Here is the exercise: find one wholly unexpected kind thing to do tomorrow and just do it. Notice what happens to your mood.  Martin Seligman
  • When one begins to purposefully perform acts of kindness, the spirit changes and soon doing good deeds becomes a focal point for our life; doing good begins to be the same as feeling good. The periods of emptiness when we search for the “meaning of it all” begin to fill with acts of kindness.  Gary Ryan Blair
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Being kindness nourishes the soul

  • Too often, people make the mistake of believing that if they only had more money or more sex or a different partner or a better-looking body, they would feel the sense of “wholeness” they have always craved.  Virtually without exception, this is not the case.  What is actually lacking is the dimension of giving and kindness as a means of nourishing the soul.  To add this dimension to your life is to nourish your soul.  Harold Kushner
  • A kind soul is in constant bloom.  A. S. Williams
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self- control.  The Bible (Galatians 5:23, 24)
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Being kind brings health and healing

  • Each time I perform an act of kindness, a part of me heals.  Lupi Ngcayisa
  • The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.  Sarah Fielding
  • Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!   Wayne Dyer
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Being kind attracts reciprocal acts of kindness

  • It is difficult to give away kindness.  It keeps coming back to you.  Cort Flint
  • If we practice awareness or loving-kindness, it becomes our way and the world responds accordingly. We are heirs to the results of our actions, to the intentions we bring to every moment we initiate. We make ripples upon the ocean of the universe through our very presence.   Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield
  • Our conduct, the way we act, may be similar to a boomerang, especially loving acts of kindness.  For kindness has a way of returning to those who express it to others…. It is the truly brave, the truly great, the truly unafraid who often exhibit the greatest kindness in their activities.  John Marks Templeton
  • Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.  The Qur’an
  • The universal all-creating Spirit responds to acts of kindness with the response: “How may I be kind to you?”  Wayne Dyer
  • Kind deeds often come back to the givers in fairer shapes than they go.  Louisa M. Alcott
  • A person who sows seeds of kindness enjoys a perpetual harvest.
  • Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.

Being kind cements relationships

  • Little kindness and courtesies are so important. In relationships, the little things are the big things.  Stephen Covey
  • Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other’s achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.  Fred Rogers
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Being kind brings love

  • A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.  St. Basil
  • Kind words elicit trust. Kind thoughts create depth. Kind deeds bring love.  Lao Tzu
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Being kind brings greatness

  • Men are only as great as they are kind.  Elbert Hubbard
  • Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.  Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire
  • Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.   R.J. Palacio
  • If we know anything about a path at all, it’s only because of the Great ones that have gone before us. Out of their love and kindness, they have left some footprints for us to follow.  Krishna Das
  • Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real calibre is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.  William J.H. Boetcker
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To be kind is to be remembered

  • A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.  Charles H. Spurgeon
  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  Maya Angelou
  • Kind words are jewels that live in the heart and soul and remain as blessed memories years after they have been spoken.  Marvea Johnson

Practice kindness


Let kindness be your philosophy and religion

  • My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.  The Dalai Lama
  • 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
  • There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.  The Dalai Lama
  • If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God’s name, it was bad theology.  Karen Armstrong
  • In music, in the sea, in a flower, in a leaf, in an act of kindness … I see what people call God in all these things.  Pablo Casals
  • Let religion be to us the wonder and lure of that which is only partly known and understood: An eye that glories in nature’s majesty and beauty, and a heart that rejoices in deeds of kindness and of courage.  Vincent B. Silliman
  • Love and kindness are the basis of my religious beliefs.  The rituals and outward signs are not as important as one’s actions and deeds. Religion should be a path to God, not something to fight about.  Bernie Siegel
  • Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.  Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.  Mahatma Gandhi
  • To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.  Shaykh Sa’di
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Set the intention to be kind each day

  • Every morning, establish the intention to be kind and loving that day. Imagine the good feelings that will come from treating people with kindness; take in these feelings as rewards that will naturally draw your mind and brain toward kindness. The results could ripple far and wide.  Rick Hanson
  • Try to make at least one person happy every day. … If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!  Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?  Sir James Matthew Barrie
  • Try in thine own experience, each; that he speak not for one whole day unkindly of any… and see what such a day would bring to you.  Edgar Cayce
  • Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  Maya Angelou
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Don’t delay being kind; do it today

  • There’s no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.  Charles Kingsley
  • 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
  • Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind!  Henri F. Amiel
  • If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.  William Penn
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Practice kindness wherever and whenever you can

  • Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.  Anne Herbert
  • Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.  Mother Teresa
  • Pay for the person behind you at toll booths.
  • Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.  Seneca
  • Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.  Maya Angelou
  • Whatever you do, do with kindness. Whatever you say, say with kindness. Wherever you go, radiate kindness.  Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Let us open up our natures, throw wide the doors of our hearts and let in the sunshine of good will and kindness.  Orison S. Marden
  • Always be a little kinder than necessary.  James M. Barrie
  • Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house… let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.  Mother Teresa
  • The greatest things in life are ordinary, everyday humanities:  Speaking kindly to people, speaking kindly of people, doing kindness for people.  Fred Van Amburgh
  • Be kind wherever possible. It is always possible.  The Dalai Lama

Speak with kindness


Speak words of kindness …

  • Our words should be purrs instead of hisses.  Kathrine Palmer Peterson
  • For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.  Audrey Hepburn
  • If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.  Gautama Buddha
  • A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearl slipping from a broken string.  George Prentice
  • As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech.  Katherine Francke
  • If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you said about people and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?  Jacob M. Braude
  • When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.  Gautama Buddha
  • Sweet, cheerful words, coming from a kind heart, are worth more than gold and gems.  Rosella Rice
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… leaving unkind words unsaid

  • By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.  Winston Churchill
  • The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid.
  • The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.  Dorothy Nevill
  • There are words which sever hearts more than sharp swords; there are words the point of which sting the heart through the course of a whole life.  Frederika Bremer
  • Remember that cruel words deeply hurt.  Remember that loving words quickly heal.  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • The best time to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.  Josh Billings
  • The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.  Gautama Buddha
  • I soothe my conscience now with the thought that it is better for hard words to be on paper than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.  Anne Frank
  • Try in thine own experience, each; that he speak not for one whole day unkindly of any… and see what such a day would bring to you.  Edgar Cayce

Be kind through …


Be kind through a warm smile

  • A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.  William Arthur Ward
  • Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.   H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.  Mother Tesesa
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Be kind through affirming and encouraging others

  • Offering sincere compliments is a gesture of loving kindness. It means that your thoughts are geared toward what’s right with someone. And when your thoughts are geared in a positive direction, your feelings are peaceful.  Richard Carlson
  • Telling someone something that you like, admire, or appreciate about them is a “random act of kindness.” It takes almost no effort (once you get used to it), yet it pays enormous dividends.  Richard Carlson
  • The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.  Benjamin Disraeli
  • There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment.  Robert Brault
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Be kind through serving others

  • My heart expands to embrace others. And so I help because I want to. To lend a hand, an ear, give some time, concern, money – whatever seems appropriate. As I lose myself momentarily in service to others, I am nourished and find a nurturing inner peace. I let my heart breathe and beat for more than just myself. I become the vehicle through which the Great Mystery showers gifts upon others, because so many gifts have been showered upon me. Every act of kindness becomes a prayer.  John Kehoe
  • Service

Be kind through giving


Be kind through blessing others

  • On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play…bless them. The peace of your blessing will accompany them on their way and the aura of its gentle fragrance will be a light to their path.  Pierre Pradervand
  • The minute anyone expresses the least aggression or unkindness to you, respond with a blessing. Bless them totally, sincerely, joyfully. For such blessings are a shield which protects them from the ignorance of their misdeed, and deflects the arrow that was aimed at you.  Pierre Pradervand
  • It is impossible to bless and judge at the same time. So hold constantly as a deep, hallowed, intoned thought, that desire to bless. For truly then shall you become a peacemaker. And one day you shall, everywhere, behold the very face of God.  Pierre Pradervand
  • When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness…all the good things.  Maya Angelou
  • If you want to be blessed with all the good things in life, learn to silently bless everyone with all the good things in life.  Deepak Chopra
  • Bless more; blame less.  Marianne Williamson
  • May all creatures be happy. May people everywhere live in abiding peace and love. For all of us are one, and joy can be found only in the joy of all. Eknath Easwaran
  • The practice of blessing is a simple way to develop a constantly centred awareness. It is also a tool for growing in universal love and avoiding judgement. Pierre Pradervand
  • If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.  George MacDonald

Be kind to all, including yourself


Be kind to all, even those you feel don’t deserve it

  • As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all.  Gautama Buddha
  • Be kind to unkind people – they need it most!  Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Always meet petulance with gentleness and perverseness with kindness. A gentle hand can lead even an elephant by a hair. Reply to thine enemy with gentleness. Zoroaster
  • What virtue is there in a man who demonstrates goodness because he has been bred to it? It is his habit from youth. But a man who has known unkindness and want, for him to be kind and charitable to those who have been the cause of his misfortunes, that is a virtuous man.  Deanna Raybourn

Be kind to yourself

  • The person in front of you is reflection of yourself… be kind to yourself.  Infinity Comfort
  • The more you extend kindness to yourself, the more it will become your automatic response to others.  Wayne Dyer
  • Treat yourself and others with kindness when you eat, exercise, play, work, love, and everything else. When you think, feel, and act kindly, you hasten your ability to connect to the power of intention.  Wayne Dyer
  • What if I should discover that the poorest of the beggars and the most impudent of offenders are all within me; and that I stand in need of the alms of my own kindness, that I, myself, am the enemy who must be loved — what then?  Carl Jung
  • Without loving-kindness for ourselves, it is difficult, if not impossible, to genuinely feel it for others.  Pema Chodron
  • Self-love

Be kind to animals

  • As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion.  Richard Gere
  • Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honourable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.  Matthew Scully
  • I am sometimes asked “Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?”  I answer: “I am working at the roots.”  George Thorndike Angell
  • If man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practise kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.  Immanuel Kant
  • There is a certain consideration, and a general duty of humanity, that binds us not only to the animals, which have life and feeling, but even to the trees and plants.  We owe justice to people, and kindness and benevolence to all other creatures who may be susceptible of it.  There is some intercourse between them and us, and some mutual obligation.  Michel de Montaigne
  • Animals

Be kind to your pain

  • Kindness and gentleness are crucial. Treat pain as you’d treat an injured loved one. See if you can find a tender attitude of heart.  Vidyamala
  • Bring an attitude of kindness toward the pain sensations, even though they may be unpleasant. Your body isn’t purposefully making you suffer. Treat it as you’d treat a child in pain.  Toni Bernhard, J.D.
  • The development of loving kindness can also be used internally, by cultivating loving kindness for painful experiences so that we can accept them as a part of life. Wishing our pain well can be a powerfully healing experience in which we let go of inner tensions and barriers on a deep level and come to see that our pain is a part of us, and a part of us moreover that is greatly in need of cherishing and love.  Bodhipaksa
  • Pain

Cultivate kindness


Cultivate kindness

  • Think of qualities like kindness, compassion and generosity, not as innate qualities that you have or don’t have, but as skills you can cultivate through mental practice and training.  Willoughby Britton
  • To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.  Samuel Johnson
  • You must also exercise your heart: Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.  Seneca

Cultivate kindness through nurturing compassion

  • If compassion is the wish that beings not suffer, kindness is the wish that they be happy. Compassion responds primarily to suffering, but kindness comes into play all the time, even when others are doing fine. Kindness is expressed mainly in small, everyday ways, such as leaving a big tip, reading one more story to a child even though you’re tired, or waving another driver to move ahead of you in traffic.  Rick Hanson
  • Be kind to strangers. Let strangers be kind to you. Think of it as a positive exchange of … compassion in the circle of life.  Ban Breathnach
  • Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?  Sam Harris
  • The key to Joy is unconditional kindness to all life, including one’s own, which we refer to as compassion.  David R. Hawkins
  • Treat each person as if their heart was breaking. More often than not, you will be right.  David Weedmark
  • Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.  Plato
  • Compassion

Cultivate kindness by practicing equanimity

  • Equanimity allows you to open your heart and offer love, kindness, compassion, and rejoicing, while letting go of your expectations and attachment to results.   Frank Jude Boccio
  • It is said that the boundless qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, and sympathetic joy stem from equanimity.   Joan Halifax Roshi
  • Equanimity

Cultivate kindness by deepening awareness

  • Whatever noble aims we may have, paths we may be on, or necessary efforts we may make, our only real freedom is to awaken now, this very instant, to the mystery and miracle of being, to the spacious awareness that we are.  It is only this immediate awakening to the deepest levels of ourselves, to the conscious source that connects us all, that will enable us to experience and manifest real harmony, intelligence, kindness, love, and compassion in our lives and bring about the transformation in the world that we all wish for.  Dennis Lewis
  • It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.  Charles de Lint
  • In turn, every advance that we make in our awareness benefits unseen multitudes and strengthens the next step for others to follow. Every act of kindness is noticed by the universe and is preserved forever.  David R. Hawkins
  • Awareness

Cultivate kindness by going within

  • What is most important is to go deep into ourselves and discover the loving kindness and compassion of the.buddha.within –  the awakened nature we all possess.  Shinjo Ito

Cultivate kindness through self-love

  • There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity. People who do not experience self- love have little or no capacity to love others.  Nathaniel Branden
  • Self-love

Cultivate kindness through self-evolution

  • As you transcend your own limitations and tendencies, you will naturally show loving-kindness to others. As your own light shines more brightly, you illuminate the world.  Dan Millman
  • Evolution

Choose kindness above all else


Choose kindness over being right

  • A mistake made by many people with great convictions is that they will let nothing stand in the way of their views, not even kindness.  Bryant McGill
  • Attachment to being right creates suffering. When you have a choice to be right, or to be kind, choose kind and watch your suffering disappear.  Wayne Dyer
  • Choose kindness over being right, and you’ll be right every time.  Richard Carson
  • Do you prefer that you be right, or that you be happy?  A Course in Miracles
  • I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.  Mother Teresa
  • If you have a choice between right or kind, choose kind.  Wayne Dyer
  • In interactions with others, instead of trying to be right, why don’t we try being kind?  Wayne Dyer
  • To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.  Liz Armbruster
  • 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
  • Why choose to be right instead of happy when there is no way to be right?  Hugh Prather
  • Let go of the need to be right

Choose kindness over wittiness and cleverness

  • If we cannot be clever, we can always be kind.  Alfred Fripp
  • Wit is an intermittent fountain; kindness is a perennial spring.  Marie Dubsky
  • A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearl slipping from a broken string.  George Prentice

Choose kindness over even wisdom

  • Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.  Theodore Isaac Rubin
  • Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.  Sir Arthur Helps
  • How wise must one be to be always kind!  Marie Dubsky
  • Wisdom

Be kind with a pure heart


Be kind with a pure intention

  • If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.  J.M. Coetzee
  • I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.  The Dalai Lama
  • Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse.  Kahlil Gibran
  • Intention

True kindness expects nothing in return

  • Anonymously perform acts of kindness, expecting nothing in return, not even a thank you.  The universal all- creating Spirit responds to acts of kindness with the response: “How may I be kind to you?”  Wayne Dyer
  • A fellow who does things that count, doesn’t usually stop to count them.  Variation of a saying by Albert Einstein
  • Do a favour and don’t ask for, or expect, one in return. This strategy will show you how easy it is and how good it feels to do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return.  Richard Carlson
  • Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.  Frank A. Clark
  • Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.   William Feather
  • We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne. Marcus Aurelius
  • When you receive a kindness, remember it; when you do a kindness, forget it.  Greek proverb



On a lighter note

  • Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.  Dodie Smith
  • The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things.   Jilly Cooper
  • Treat everyone you meet as if they are God in drag.  Ram Dass
  • Kindness goes a long ways lots o’ times when it ought t’ stay at home.   Frank Kin’ Hubbard
  • History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.   Winston Churchill
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