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There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.


Kindness is a clear perennial spring, rising up from a heart replete with universal philanthropy, holding on its way, unimpeded by prejudices or partialities, and distributing its benefits alike upon all that it meets with in its course.

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

Kindness is the green grass near the hard pebbles of the road.

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

Kindness breaks no bones.


Kindness requires maturity, imagination, determination, and certainly a big heart. It extends to the entire universe. It is a way of being at home in the universe, with the seen and the unseen, with life and death, in God's creation and in God's presence and energy, which is pure love.

JEAN MAALOUF, The Healing Power of Kindness

If you want to live in a world of peace, encourage kindness, both in yourself and in those around you.

AYAMANATARA, 365 Days to Enlightenment

It is a shallow mind that suspects or rejects an offered kindness because it is unable to discover the motive. It would have been as wise for the Egyptians to have scorned the pure waters of the Nile because they were not quite certain about the source of that mighty river.

ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd

Kindness is universal in its objects. We have known individuals who could never do enough for some objects of their regard, but who are by no means persons of diffusive kindness; and, perhaps, if we examine, we shall find that their benevolence has a great mixture of selfishness in it, for it is exercised only towards those from whom they expect an ample return. It is the kindness of barter, not of charity: it is so much of their comfort put out at interest, not given away to the needy; they either have had, or expect to have, value received for all they do.

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

Love is the charioteer; kindness is the vehicle which carries her swiftly on her errands of mercy.


The true and noble way to kill a foe, is not to kill him; you, with kindness, may so change him that he shall cease to be a foe, and then he's slain.

CHARLES ALEYN, attributed, A Dictionary of Thoughts

Kindness is but another name for love, and when we put love into the world we have brought heaven near by, for wherever there is kindness there is heaven.

MARTHA A. BORTLE, Onward, Aug. 18, 1906

To walk in kindness is to walk in the way of Christ.


Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence or learning.

FREDERICK WILLIAM FABER, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words

Kindness is a graceful deed done without the other person's having to request it.

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

Kindness is the currency of our hearts, the only currency that can never be subtracted and never be balanced in anyone's ledgers. We choose to be kind because it is the way we want to live our lives, not because we will be rewarded in some way. When we start to keep score, we become closed-hearted: I'm not doing anything nice until someone does something good for me. Our acts of kindness are whole unto themselves. They require no acknowledgment and no reward, for the act itself returns us once again to the heart of our own humanity.

WILL GLENNON, Practice Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is God's redemptive Spirit at work.

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

I'm glad I'm funny. I'm glad I make people happy, because that's very important. But I'm proud to be known as a kind person. You listen to any monologue on late-night TV or just in general, to people talking, and there's always a joke at someone's expense. It's sarcasm; it's nasty. Kids grow up hearing that, and they think that's what humor is, and they think it's OK. But that negativity permeates the entire planet. I think that's where bullying comes from. I mean, I grew up watching Dick Van Dyke and Lucille Ball, and they were nothing but sweet and funny. It wasn't "negative comment, negative comment, laugh track." So I'm really proud I'm not adding to the negativity. I'm proud that for the hour my show is on television, I'm not being mean, and I'm hopefully helping one other person go, I'm going to be kind. Because then it all just kind of spreads, and the world is a little nicer out there.

ELLEN DEGENERES, Good Housekeeping, Oct. 2011

Let us not fail to scatter along our pathway the seeds of kindness and sympathy. Some of them will doubtless perish; but if one only lives, it will perfume our steps and rejoice our eyes.

MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles," The Writings of Madame Swetchine

Unfading are the gardens of kindness.


I have known the depths to which mortals are capable of descending, and I have seen the heights. I have seen how kindness and compassion may grow in the unlikeliest of places, as the mountain flower forces its way through the stern rock.


By a simple wave of the wand of that miraculous fairy, kindness, there came instantly an end to the recollection of my past humiliations and a conception of all the duties laid upon me by the dignity that belongs to a human being, and at last vouchsafed to me.

OCTAVE MIRBEAU, The Diary of a Chambermaid

Kindness: A language which the dumb can speak, and the deaf can understand.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

No good deed goes unpunished.

CLARE BOOTHE LUCE, attributed, On Being Blonde: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Most Infamous Blondes

To be kind is to respond with sensitivity and human warmth to the hopes and needs of others. Even the briefest touch of kindness can lighten a heavy heart. Kindness can change the lives of people.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Nobel Lecture, Jun. 16, 2012

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