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Kindness is the touch of an angel's hand.

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

Kindness is very indigestible. It disagrees with proud stomachs.

WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY, Extracts from the Writings of W. M. Thackeray

A word of kindness is better than a fat pie.


Kindness is a bottomless fountain--not a river running outward. True kindness cannot be given away, it can only be shared; and in order to share the grace of kindness, we need to partake of it as well.

WILL GLENNON, Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is, of the bounteous tree, which we all so oft do seek to become sustained by.

MARK ANTHONY, The Way Through

Kindness is a language the dumb can speak, and the deaf can hear and understand.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, attributed, Wisdom for the Soul

Kindness is about energy we give and take from all creatures. The bottom line is the integrative interaction and the total interconnectedness between human beings, all creatures, and God. Kindness is a spirituality of solid truth, not shifting emotion; of justice, not occasional philanthropy; of genuine love, not sentimentality or masochism; of evolved adults, not fixated infants.

JEAN MAALOUF, The Healing Power of Kindness

Kindness is the power that moves us to support and heal someone who offers nothing in return.

LEWIS B. SMEDES, Love Within Limits

How much easier it is to act kindly and naturally to our fellow men, and even to the domestic, useful and faithful animals about us, than to effect a rude and boisterous demeanor, which is sure not only to make others despise us, but on reflection to cause us to despise ourselves.


Kindness is the color in the cathedral window which woven into beautiful characters shuts out the hideous sights of a world which is all too practical.

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

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.

WASHINGTON IRVING, The School Journal, Jan. 1909

The practice of kindness is the daily, friendly, homely caring form of love. It is both humble--a schoolboy bringing his teacher a bouquet of dandelions--and exalted--a fireman giving his life to save someone else's. Kindness is love with hands and hearts and minds. It is both whimsical--causing our faces to crack into a smile--and deeply touching--causing our eyes to shimmer with tears. And its miraculous nature is such that the more acts of kindness we offer, the more of them we have to give, for acts of kindness are always drawn from the endless well of love.

DAWNA MARKOVA, Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is more binding than a loan.


Kindness is too often left uncultivated, because men do not sufficiently understand its value. Men may be charitable and not kind; merciful, yet not kind; self-denying and yet not kind. If they would add a little common kindness to their uncommon graces, they would convert ten where they now only abate the prejudice of one.

FREDERICK W. FABER, attributed, The Flight of the Swallow

Kindness is not something you need to struggle to formulate. You need only let down what defenses might be in place and see what wells up from inside you.

WILL GLENNON, Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is the visible expression of a feeling and merciful heart; it is the going forth of a tender and susceptible mind; it claims kindred with the human race; it is all ear to listen--all heart to feel--all eye to examine and to weep--all hand and foot to relieve; it invites the sufferer with kind words, and sends him not empty away.

JOHN ANGELL JAMES, The Friend, Nov. 27, 1830

Kindness is closely linked with happiness: the kinder you are to others, the happier you will be.

MARY JAKSCH, Learn to Love

Kindness is the music of Good Will to men, and on this harp the smallest fingers may play heaven's sweetest tunes on earth.

ELIHU BURRITT, The Eastern Star, Jun. 1910

Kindness can reach the deepest call of the heart and soul, and lead to a different kind of world and self.

JEAN MAALOUF, The Healing Power of Kindness

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, attributed, Treasury of Thought

I expect to pass through this life 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.

STEPHEN GRELLET, attributed, Bennam's Book of Quotations

Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.

C. NEIL STRAIT, attributed, Quote Unquote

When one person shows kindness to another person, God shows up.


Kindness is not like a barter, so much for so much; or so much by contract, and my duty done. But kindness is like a righteousness or like a worship, not done unless it be done all I can. For the heart must run forth without measure like a child, and kindness be wound around like a child's arms about the neck, not by measure, but as tightly and as long as they can be.


Kindness is the very essence of the Eternal, the root of all existence, the primal font of all blessedness in all worlds.

DAVID THOMAS, The Homilist, 1867

Half the misery of human life might be extinguished if men would alleviate the general curse they lie under by mutual offices of compassion, benevolence, and humanity.

JOSEPH ADDISON, The Spectator, Sep. 12, 1711

Love is the light, kindness is the medium through which its rays are equably diffused.


Kindness is an instinctive act, but that impulse must be nurtured, not merely by positive external feedback, but also by internal decision. Make kindness your guiding principle and you will not go wrong. Acknowledge to yourself each time you do something out of kindness and allow yourself to feel good about it so that, as you go forward, more and more of your acts will be acts rooted in kindness.

AYAMANATARA, 365 Days to Enlightenment

Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.

WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Imaginary Conversations

Kindness is the spirit in which we are to live. Our lives are never full and abundant until the spirit of kindness is our ordinary way of living.

SHELDON B. STEPHENSON, Meditations on the Holy Spirit of God

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

J. M. BARRIE, The Little White Bird

My true religion is kindness.

TENZIN GYATSO, Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

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