Humanity 101 - kindness

Kindness in their own words...

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

 

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

Aesop

Full quote: The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.

Aesop

 

The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.

Maya Angelou

 

Kindness is wisdom.

Philip James Bailey

 

Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.

William J.H. Boetcker

 

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.

Charlie Chaplin

 

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

Confucius

 

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

Dalai Lama

 

Kindness’ covers all of my political beliefs.

Roger Ebert, Life Itself

 

Be kind to people whether they deserve your kindness or not. If your kindness reaches the deserving good for you if your kindness reaches the undeserving take joy in your compassion.”

James Fadiman, Essential Sufism

 

Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.

Robert J. Furey

 

I have a very simple philosophy of life: kindness. Ferocious, unrelenting, ruthless, committed, passionate, kindness. Life is sacred everywhere. We all have better things to do than beat each other up. Arguing for the exception is to invest it with energy, it's to negotiate the loophole. The commitment to kindness must be total.

David Gerrold

 

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

Khalil Gibran

 

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.

Khalil Gibran

 

Service is a smile.  It is an acknowledging wave, a reaching handshake, a friendly wink, and a warm hug.   It's these simple acts that matter most, because the greatest service to a human soul has always been the kindness of recognition.

 Richelle E. Goodrich

 

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn

 

Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe.”

Gordon B. Hinckley

 

Don't wish...DO! Don't try...BE! Don't think...KNOW! And above all: Bless a stranger with a small, yet powerful, random act of kindness. You feel me?

T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with The Divine Presence

 

Getting money is not all a man's business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.”

Samuel Johnson, The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. Vol 3

 

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.

Caroline Kennedy

 

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao Tzu

 

“If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.”

Lao Tzu

 

They told me adventures were over, so I got off the internet and got on a plane. They told me kindness was a thing of the past, so I spent a year helping others in need. They told me love was dead, so I fell into it. Head over heels.

Abby Lass

 

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.

Annie Lennox

 

The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission.

George MacDonald

 

There's no dearth of kindness In the world of ours; Only in our blindness We gather thorns for flowers.

Gerald Massey

 

But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There's incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.

Dave Matthews

 

We have to be active about kindness and about peace. I've always fantasized that it would be great if there was a Department of Peace.

Dave Matthews

 

We must quit thinking we know everything, and quit placing "knowledge" over kindness and compassion.

Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

 

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.

Mencius

 

Each time I perform an act of kindness, a part of me heals.

Lupi Ngcayisa

 

Industry, economy, honesty, and kindness form a quartet of virtues that will never be improved upon.

James Oliver

 

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.

Caroline Kennedy

 

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

Princess Diana Spencer

 

Real kindness seeks no return; what return can the world make to rain clouds?

Tiruvalluvar

 

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

 

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.

Evelyn Underhill

 

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

William Arthur Ward

 

Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

This is what kindness does…Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.

Jacqueline Woodson, Each Kindness

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