Kindness

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Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary? ~ J. M. Barrie

Kindness refers to actions and behavior marked by concern for others welfare, comfort and happiness. It is embraced as a vitally important ethical virtue in most societies, religions, philosophies and cultures.

See also:
Benevolence

Quotes[edit]

I expect to pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I will not pass this way again. ~ Quaker saying, usually attributed to Stephen Grellet
Alphabetized by author or source
  • I would help others out of a fellow-feeling.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Democritus to the Reader.
  • 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, quoted in Words from the Wise : Over 6,000 of the Smartest Things Ever Said (2007) by Rosemarie Jarski.
  • You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
    • Al Capone, as quoted in Forbes (6 October 1986).
  • Sed tamen difficile dictu est, quantopere conciliat animos hominum comitas affabilitasque sermonis.
    • It is difficult to tell how much men's minds are conciliated by a kind manner and gentle speech.
    • Cicero, De Officiis (44 CE), II. 14.
  • Kindness is just love with its work boots on.
  • Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindnesses and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.
    • Sir Humphry Davy, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 363.
  • Their cause I plead — plead it in heart and mind;
    A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind.
  • I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness 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.
    • Attributed to Stephen Grellet , variants of this have been been widely circulated as a Quaker saying since at least 1869, and attributed Grellet since at least 1893. W. Gurney Benham in Benham's Book of Quotations, Proverbs, and Household Words (1907) states that though sometimes attributed to others, "there seems to be some authority in favor of Stephen Grellet being the author, but the passage does not appear in any of his printed works." It appears to have been published as an anonymous proverb at least as early as 1859, when it appeared in Household Words : A Weekly Journal.
    • Variant: I expect to pass through this life but once. If therefore there be any kindnesses I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow beings, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
      • Attributed to Anna B. Hegeman, as reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 362.
  • Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
  • 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.
  • And if you ask what is the temper which is most fitted to be victorious over sin on earth, I answer that in it the warp of a sunny gentleness must be woven across the woof of a strong character. That will make the best tissue to stand the wear and tear of the world's trials. Our Lord was divinely gentle, but He was also strong with a wondrous strength and firmness.
    • W. H. Littleton, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 255.
  • The greater the kindred is, the lesse the kindnesse must bee.
    • John Lyly, Mother Bombie (published 1594), Act III, scene 1.
  • Seek to mingle gentleness in all your rebukes; bear with the infirmities of others; make allowance for constitutional frailties; never say harsh things, if kind things will do as well.
    • J. R. MacDuff, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 256.
  • 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.
  • Wherefore, seeing that we are to receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us continue to have undeserved kindness, through which we may acceptably render God sacred service with godly fear and awe.
  • When your head did but ache,
    I knit my handkerchief about your brows,
    The best I had, a princess wrought it me,
    And I did never ask it you again;
    And with my hand at midnight held your head,
    And, like the watchful minutes to the hour,
    Still and anon cheer'd up the heavy time,
    Saying, "What lack you?" and, "Where lies your grief?"
  • Yet do I fear thy nature;
    It is too full o' the milk of human kindness.
  • Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments.
  • On that best portion of a good man's life,
    His little, nameless, unremembered acts
    Of kindness and of love.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 415-16.
  • 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.
  • And Heaven, that every virtue bears in mind,
    E'en to the ashes of the just is kind.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XXIV, line 523. Pope's translation.
  • There's no dearth of kindness
    In this world of ours;
    Only in our blindness
    We gather thorns for flowers.
  • Colubram sustulit
    Sinuque fovet, contra se ipse misericors.
    • He carried and nourished in his breast a snake, tender-hearted against his own interest.
    • Phaedrus, Fables, Book IV. 18.
  • Sociis atque amicis auxilia portabant Romani, magisque dandis quam accipiundis beneficiis amicitias parabant.
    • The Romans assisted their allies and friends, and acquired friendships by giving rather than receiving kindness.
    • Sallust, Catilina, VI.
  • Ubicumque homo est, ibi beneficio locus est.
    • Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for a kindness.
    • Seneca the Younger, Thyestes, CCXIV.
  • Bis gratum est, quod dato opus est, ultro si offeras.
    • If what must be given is given willingly the kindness is doubled.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • Pars beneficii est, quod petitur, si cito neges.
    • It is kindness immediately to refuse what you intend to deny.
    • Syrus, Maxims.

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