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Kindness quotes and quotations

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

The only religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama

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

I've never known any human being, high or humble, who ever regretted, when nearing life's end, having done kindly deeds. But I have known more than one millionaire who became haunted by the realization that they had led selfish lives. -B. C. Forbes.
B. C. Forbes

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. -Eric Hoffer.
Eric Hoffer

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. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.
Albert Einstein

There are no thanks for a kindness, which has been delayed.
Anonymous

Compassion is the basis of all morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

I believe in courtesy, in kindness, in generosity, in good cheer, in friendship and in honest competition. I believe there is something doing somewhere, for every man ready to do it. I believe I'm ready, RIGHT NOW.
Elbert Hubbard

He who confers a favor should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.
Demosthenes

Just for today, I will let go of anger. Just for today, I will let go of worry. Today, I will count my many blessings. Today, I will do my work honestly. Today, I will be kind to every living creature.
Mikao Usui

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

Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
Confucius

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

Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever.
Margaret Cho

Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding.
Anonymous

Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; 'Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on; Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tears, 'Till in Heaven the deed appears-- Pass it on.
Rev. Henry Burton

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Tennessee Williams

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
The Dalai Lama

Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.
William Shakespeare

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Sir Arthur Helps

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
Malayan Proberb

My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad.
Olive Schreiner

I would help others out of a fellow-feeling.
Robert Burton

It is difficult to tell how much men's minds are conciliated by a kind manner and gentle speech.
Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

Both man and womankind belie their nature When they are not kind.
Philip James Bailey

Their cause I plead--plead it in heart and mind; A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind.
David Garrick

Kindness is wisdom. There is none in life But needs it and may learn.
Philip James Bailey

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

It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to be kind to another, without helping himself.
Bailey

The drying up a single tear has more of honest fame than shedding seas of gore.
Lord Byron

What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult to each other.
George Eliot

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

There's no dearth of kindness In the world of ours; Only in our blindness We gather thorns for flowers.
Gerald Massey

And Heaven, that every virtue bears in mind, E'en to the ashes of the just is kind.
Homer

Though he was rough, he was kindly.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A little more than kin, and less than kind!
William Shakespeare

The greater the kindred is, the lesse the kindnesse must bee.
John Lyly

He carried and nourished in his breast a snake, tender-hearted against his own interest.
Phaedrus

The Romans assisted their allies and friends, and acquired friendships by giving rather than receiving kindness.
Sallust

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

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

On that best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time.
Richard Carlson

That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

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

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
A A Milne

A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Anonymous

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

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

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Confucius

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

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.
Dalai Lama

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

If what must be given is given willingly the kindness is doubled.
Syrus

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
William Shakespeare