Kindness Quotes

Most popular kindness quotes

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?
A kindness is never wasted.
Kindness is love in action.
Let us be kinder to one another.
Tenderness is passion in repose.
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
Good words cost no more than bad.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Feelings are everywhere—be gentle.
Kindness is the shadow of God in man.
Always be a little kinder than necessary.
One kind word can warm three winter months.
— Japanese proverb

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One kind word can warm three winter nights.
— Japanese proverb

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Good words cost nothing, but are worth much.
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
— French proverb

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We hate the kindness which we don't understand.
How sweet it is when the strong are also gentle!
Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty.
We cannot always oblige, we can speak obligingly.
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.


Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.
How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.
All I'm saying is, kindness don't have no boundaries.
There is a rollicking kindness that looks like malice.
Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does.
There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
— Fables
One can always be kind to people one cares nothing about.
Tact is not only kindness, but kindness skillfully extended.


If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.
Do not ask me to be kind; just ask me to act as though I were.
People are sometimes the kindest to those they want to deceive.
Kindness, at least actual, is in our power, but fondness is not.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.

honesty lies relationships

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence.
Kindness is something you can't give away since it always comes back.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read.
The heart is the toughest part of the body. Tenderness is in the hands.

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When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.
I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.
You can get more done with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word.


People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.

head and heart

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.
When the milk of human kindness turns sour, it is a singularly unpalatable draught.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.


A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind.

how to live life

Tough and funny and a little bit kind: that is as near to perfection as a human being can be.

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A kindly gesture bestowed by us on an animal arouses prodigies of understanding and gratitude.


A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.


The greatest pleasure I know is to do a kind deed by stealth and have it found out by accident.
The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more.


Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.
When people speak with brutal honesty, what is most remembered is the brutality, not the honesty.


True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.


Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.
The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.

human nature

When we put ourselves in the other person's place, we're less likely to want to put him in his place.
— Farmer’s Digest


Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered, acts
Of kindness and of love.

Goodness helping others

Ask any decent person what he thinks matters most in human conduct: five to one his answer will be "kindness."
Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.


Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them, as if their reason had left them.
Unkindness is death to the home.  One unkind, unsocial, critical, eternally dissatisfied member can destroy any family.

family home

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.

how to live life

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.


There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness; and this is the great poverty.


He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.
Two important things are to have a genuine interest in people and to be kind to them. Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.
Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity, and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a two-thirds majority.

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Do not feel badly if your kindness is rewarded with ingratitude; it is better to fall from your dream clouds than from a third-story window.
Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness.  Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
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.

beauty personal truth

Life is short and we never have enough time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel the way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.
It is a little embarrassing that, after forty-five years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other.

advice advisory

This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.


Men, be kind to your fellow-men; this is your first duty, kind to every age and station, kind to all that is not foreign to humanity.  What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
I think we must surrender the despair of unexpected cruelties and extend the wonder of unexpected kindnesses to ourselves and to each other  We deserve each other and each other's generosity.
What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness.  Enough to eat, enough to go around.  The possibility that kids might one day grow up to be neither the destroyers nor the destroyed.
I shall pass this way but once; any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good 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.

Goodness proverbs

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.