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Let us be kinder to one another.

Aldous Huxley’s last words


You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How?  By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.  Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.

Dale Carnegie

Neither genius, fame, nor love shows the greatness of the soul.  Only kindness can do that.

Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Too often, people make the mistake of believing that if they only had more money or more sex or a different partner or a better-looking body, they would feel the sense of "wholeness" they have always craved.  Virtually without exception, this is not the case.  What is actually lacking is the dimension of giving and kindness as a means of nourishing the soul.  To add this dimension to your life is to nourish your soul.

Harold Kushner


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.

Mary Webb


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

James M. Barrie


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A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

Joseph Joubert


To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

Samuel Johnson


Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence.

Mother Teresa


The greatest things in life are ordinary, everyday humanities:  Speaking
kindly to people, speaking kindly of people, doing kindness for people.

Fred Van Amburgh


When you receive a kindness, remember it;
when you do a kindness, forget it.

Greek proverb


Our conduct, the way we act, may be similar to a boomerang--
especially loving acts of kindness.  For kindness has a way of
returning to those who express it to others. . . . It is the truly brave,
the truly great, the truly unafraid who often exhibit the greatest
kindness in their activities.

John Marks Templeton



Three things in human life are important:  The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.  And the third is to be kind.

Henry James


I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder to each other than
we are. How much the world needs it!  How easily it is done!

Henry Drummond


Kind words are the music of the world.  They have a power
which seems to be beyond natural causes, as if they were
some angel’s song which had lost its way and come to earth.
It seems as if they could almost do what in reality God alone
can do—soften the hard and angry hearts of people.  No one
was ever corrected by a sarcasm—crushed, perhaps, if the
sarcasm was clever enough, but drawn nearer to God, never.

Frederick William Faber


Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always
agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind
word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit
of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others,
you will be neither successful nor happy.

Napoleon Hill


While great brilliance and intellect are to be admired, they cannot dry
one tear or mend a broken spirit.  Only kindness can accomplish this.

John M. Drescher


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



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Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
Till in Heaven the deed appears--
Pass it on.

Henry Burton

Kind words produce their own beautiful image in one's soul.
Everyone knows the pleasure of receiving a kind look,
a warm greeting, a hand held out in time of need.
And such gestures can be made at so little expense,
yet they bring such dividends to the investor.

The War Cry


If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act,
you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.

A. Neilen


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In scattering seeds of kindness, do it by hand and not by machine.

George Ade


Our lives are also fed by kind words and gracious behavior.  We are
nourished by expressions like “excuse me,” and other such simple
courtesies.  Our spirits are also richly fed on compliments and praise,
nourished by consideration as well as whole wheat bread.  Rudeness,
the absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but another mark
that our time-is-money society is lacking in spirituality,
if not also in its enjoyment of life.

Ed Hays


So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Do we spread loving kindness?  There are many who say that
this is our ultimate goal on this planet--to spread loving kindness
to our fellow human beings.  And when we are able to accomplish
this goal, we find that our lives are transformed in the process.
We're no longer so strongly focused on things and negative
thoughts and feelings, but we've become truly happy,
content human beings who love life and living.

tom walsh


Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care
and kindness of our parents.  And then later on in our life,
when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are
again dependent on the kindness of others.  And since at
the beginning and end of our lives, we are so dependent
on others' kindness, how can it be in the middle
that we neglect kindness towards others?

the Dalai Lama



Perform a kind action, and you find a kind feeling growing in yourself,
even if it was not there before.  As you increase the number of your
kind and charitable interests, you find that the more you do for them,
the more you love them.  Serve others, not because they are your friends,
not because they are interesting, not because they are grateful. . . .
Serve them because they are the children of your Father, and therefore
are all your brethren, and you will soon find that the
fervent heart keeps time with the charitable hands.

W.B.O. Peabody

They whose minds are filled with kindness will never enter a world dark with woe.


Without kindness there can be no true joy.

Thomas Carlyle


Be kind:  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

John Watson

Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.

from the Qur'an

My religion is very simple--my religion is kindness.

the Dalai Lama

It is difficult to give away kindness.
It keeps coming back to you.

Cort Flint

Kindness is more important than wisdom,
and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.

Theodore Isaac Rubin

A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those
we will never meet or see.  Something that we casually offer may
move through a web of connection far beyond ourselves to have
effects that we may have never imagined.  And so each of us may
have left far more behind us than we may ever know.

Rachel Naomi Remen


Kindness is given so softly,
so gently,
Falling like tiny seeds along
our paths--and brightening
them with flowers.

Pam Brown

The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient,
kindness inevitably reveals itself.  Something deep in the human soul seems
to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it,
and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselves.

John O'Donohue

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.

Honore De Balzac


Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.

Adam Lindsay Gordon


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Kindness may be achieved by all, rich and poor, learned and illiterate. 
Brilliance of mind and capacity for deep thinking have rendered
great service to humanity, but by themselves they are impotent
to dry a tear or mend a broken heart.


Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness.  Know how
to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how
to acquire without meanness; know how to replace in your heart,
by the happiness of those you love, the happiness
that may be wanting to yourself.

George Sand


Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things
even if we do not get anything in return.  It is the joy of our life to
do them.  When we do good things from this inner desire, there is
kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.

Emmanuel Swedenborg

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


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How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!

George Elliston

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

Albert Schweitzer


It doesn't take monumental feats to make the world a better place.  It
can be as simple as letting someone go ahead of you in a grocery line.

Barbara Johnson