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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.
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- Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
- Kindness is wisdom. There is none in life
But needs it and may learn.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene Home
- Both man and womankind belie their nature
When they are not kind.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene Home
- Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?
- The style of kindness has changed.
- Louise Burfitt-Dons in speech to World Kindness Movement (November 2007)
- 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.
- He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing — the fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why — why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden... He was being kind.
- 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
- Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning.
- Frederick William Faber, 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.
- David Garrick, Epilogue on Quitting the Stage (June, 1776)
- 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
- My true religion is Kindness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, in Kindness, Clarity, and Insight (1984)
- 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.
- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, in The Dalai Lama : A Policy of Kindness (1990), "Kindness and Compassion", p. 47
- 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.
- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, in The Dalai Lama : A Policy of Kindness (1990), "Kindness and Compassion", p. 52
- Care about the beings you care about in gorgeous and surprising ways. Color outside the lines. Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. This is your last chance.
- 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
- Though he was rough, he was kindly.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), Part III
- 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.
- A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
- Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith.
- A little more than kin, and less than kind.
- 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.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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.
- Rev. Henry Burton, Pass It On
- I would help others out of a fellow-feeling.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Democritus to the Reader
- 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
- The greater the kindred is, the lesse the kindnesse must bee.
- John Lyly, Mother Bombie, Act III, scene 1
- There's no dearth of kindness
In this world of ours;
Only in our blindness
We gather thorns for flowers.
- Gerald Massey, There's no Dearth of Kindness
- 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, 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
- On that best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
- William Wordsworth, Lines Composed Above Tintern Abbey