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.


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



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.



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.



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?



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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