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Quotes about Kindness

Inspirational Quotes about Kindness

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“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

– David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas


“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies-“God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

– Kurt Vonnegut


“Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.”

– Adam Lindsay Gordon


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

– Confucius

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. & great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. & even loved in spite of ourselves.”

– Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

– Mark Twain


“Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.”

– Alice Childress


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

– Cicero


“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.”

– Leo Aikman


“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.”

– Carlyle


“It’s a man’s sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man.”

– Albert Schweitzer


“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

– Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank


“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is the form among such individuals that all human failures spring.”

– Alfred Adler


“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

“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

– Abraham Lincoln


“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“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


“For Attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.”

– Sam Levenson


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

– Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse


“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

– Jane Goodall


“That best portion of a good man’s life, his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

– William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)


“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

– Lao Tzu

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

– Desmond Tutu


“If you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

– Conan O’Brien


“A compassionate attitude helps you communicate more easily with your fellow human beings. As a result, you make more genuine friends and the atmosphere around you is more positive, which gives you greater inner strength. This inner strength helps you spontaneously concern yourself with others, instead of thinking only about yourself.”

– Dalai Lama


“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


“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

– Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis, On Living in an Atomic Age


“Be expressively kind, for everyone is in the greatest fight for their life.”

– Plato


“You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


“Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.”

– Robert Green Ingersoll

“If everyone took personal responsibility for their animals, we wouldn’t have a lot of the animal problems that we do. I’m a big spay-and-neuter supporter. Don’t have babies if you’re not going to take care of those babies. We don’t need more. We just need to take care of the ones we have. Take responsibility and breathe kindness.”

– Betty White


“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

– Albert Einstein


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

– Khalil Gibran


“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

“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

– Ettiene De Grellet

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