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No act of kindness is ever wasted.

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

AESOP, The Lion and the Mouse

Kindness begets kindness evermore.


I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, A Streetcar Named Desire

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.


A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

AMELIA EARHART, Magic City Morning Star, Jun. 1, 2005

Our regrets are the least for those past errors that were made on the side of kindness.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.


Kindness is not without its rocks ahead. People are apt to put it down to an easy temper and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from.


That crafty kindness which inveigles me to sacrifice principle is the serpent in the grass -- deadly to the incautious wayfarer.

CHARLES SPURGEON, Baptismal Regeneration

A life of kindness is the primary meaning of divine worship.

EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine

Any good ... 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.

STEPHEN GRELLET, The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

We seem to feel keenest the kindness that comes from one who is generally cruel.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

Real kindness seeks no return.


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

ERIC HOFFER, Power Quotes to Energize Your Life

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?


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

ALBERT SCHWEITZER, Michael Ruge's Quote-a-Quote

There is a God and He is good, and his love, while free, has a self imposed cost: We must be good to one another.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.

GRAHAM GREENE, The Captain and the Enemy

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

KAHLIL GIBRAN, Sand and Foam

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,
Help to make earth happy, like the heaven above.

JULIA CARNEY, Little Things

Those who have suffered, who have known poverty or oppression, are generally the most prone to kindness. Perhaps it is well to endure some misery if only to learn this lesson.

ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

Kindness can turn the bad man's heart, and fools convert to wise,
Make poison into nectar-juice, and friends of enemies.

BHARTRHARI, "The Praise of Works"

The kindest souls are ever
Those who sin and suffer most,
And who thoughtfully endeavor
To forget whereof men boast.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "When the Gentle Christ Was Tracing"

That song is sweetest, bravest, best,
Which plucks the thistle-barb of care
From a despondent brother's breast,
And plants a sprig of heart's-ease there.

ANDREW DOWNING, "The Sweetest Song"

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them.


Kindness is a distemper which is soon cured by experience.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

No person is wholly bad who is kind to any living thing.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

The milk of human kindness should be brought fresh to the table every morning.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Kindness is like snow--it beautifies everything it covers.

CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers

One good turn asketh another.


More than anything else, kindness is a way of life. It is a way of living and walking through life. It is a way of dealing with all that is--our selves, our bodies, our dreams and goals, our neighbors, our competitors, our enemies, our air, our earth, our animals, our space, our time, and our very consciousness. Do we treat all creation with kindness? Isn't all creation holy and divine?

JEAN MAALOUF, The Healing Power of Kindness

True kindness is a pure divine affinity,
Not founded upon human consanguinity.
It is a spirit, not a blood relation,
Superior to family and station.


Kindness is helpful to the happiness of both recipient and giver. Who does not feel happier on showing kindness to others, and who does not feel happier on receiving the manifestation of kindness? Deeds of kindness shown in the little things of life constitute man's chief happiness. Many are not able to do any great things for others, but all can find abundant opportunity of showing little deeds of kindness which will add much to the happiness of mankind.


Kindness is no virtue, but a common duty.

FREDERICK GREENWOOD, The New Review, Jan. 1891

Kindness is twice blessed. It blesses the one who gives it with a sense of his or her own capacity to love, and the person who receives it with a sense of the beneficence of the universe.

DAWNA MARKOVA, Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is the velvet of social intercourse.

JAMES L. GORDON, The Homiletic Review, Jun. 1917

Kindness, as we will see, has many facets. But its essence is as simple as can be. We will find that kindness is a way of making _less_ effort. It is the most economic attitude there is, because it saves us much energy that we might otherwise waste in suspicion, worry, resentment, manipulation, or unnecessary defense. It is an attitude that, by eliminating the inessential, brings us back to the simplicity of being.

PIERO FERRUCCI, The Power of Kindness

Kindness holds the key to the secret of our own transformation and, in the process, of the transformation of the world.

JEAN MAALOUF, The Healing Power of Kindness

Kindness is the touch of heaven, a reminder of the covenant of the unseen.

MARK ANTHONY, The Way Through

When you're a kid it's people's cruelty that makes you cry, then when you're an adult it's their kindness.

GLEN DUNCAN, The Last Werewolf

Kindness is never wasted.

WENDY LUSTBADER, What's Worth Knowing

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