Kindness Quotes

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Kindness is a quality or type of behavior that is characterized by acts of generosity, consideration, and care and concern for others.

It is a virtue that is prized in almost every culture and religion in the world.

Here are the best kindness quotes to inspire you to make the world a kinder and more considerate place.

Whether it’s Random Acts of Kindness Day, or any other day of the year, take a moment to bring a smile to someone else’s face. Your small kind gesture could make their day, or even change their life.

Kindness Quotes

Eric Hoffer quote "Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind"
“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” – Eric Hoffer

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

William Penn

A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.

Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Life is mostly froth and bubble; Two things stand like stone: Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in our own.

Adam Lindsay Gordon

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.

Mother Teresa

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
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late"
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

It’s all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment, and not expecting a huge payoff. The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.

Charles de Lint

Because I haven’t yet learned the simplest and most important thing of all: the world is difficult, and we are all breakable. So just be kind.

Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl

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
William Arthur Ward quote "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness"
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward

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

Mary Anne Radmacher

Kindness has no religion. Religions are like narrow tracks but kindness is like an open sky.

Amit Ray

Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.

Buddha

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.

St. Basil

Kind hearts are the gardens. Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits.

Kirpal Singh

How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.

Morgan Freeman
Richard Carlson kindness quote "Choose being kind over being right and you'll be right every time"
“Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” – Richard Carlson

Be kind in your actions. Do not think that you are the only one who can do efficient work, work worth showing. This makes you harsh in your judgment of others who may not have the same talents. Do your best and trust that others do their best. And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa

I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.

J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.

Robert Brault

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.

R.J. Palacio, Wonder
Dalai Lama quote "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness"
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

Mean girls go far in high school. Kind women go far in LIFE.

Mandy Hale

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

Gordon B. Hinckley

There is no wrong way to perform an act of kindness.

Catherine Ryan Hyde, Pay it Forward

I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them.

Brigitte Bardot

You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.

Captain Beefheart

I think people are willing to talk about anything if you come to it with kindness.

Jacqueline Woodson
"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention"
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

If you do something with acceptance and kindness, you can create a true friendship.

Dustin Lance Black

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.

Dennis Prager

We talk about feelings. And about sex. And about bodies, and their gratification, violation, repair, decoration, deferred, maybe permanently deferred, mortality. Feelings are a bodily thing, and respecting them is called kindness.

A.S. Byatt

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

Henry Van Dyke

Nothing is black or white, nothing’s ‘us or them.’ 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
Anne Frank quote "You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!"
“You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” – Anne Frank

One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all – to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.

Ezra Taft Benson

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

Frank A. Clark

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

Mother Teresa

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Leo Buscaglia
"Kindness means building bridges instead of walls"
“Kindness means building bridges instead of walls.” – Unknown

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

Charlie Chaplin

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

Samuel Johnson

God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kindness and good nature unite men more effectually and with greater strength than any agreements whatsoever, since thereby the engagements of men’s hearts become stronger than the bond and obligation of words.

Thomas More, Utopia

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.

William Wordsworth
Dolly Parton quote "You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on"
“You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can’t put a dollar sign on.” – Dolly Parton

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

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.

Thomas Carlyle

The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry.

Billy Graham

If you have the chance to be exposed to a loving, understanding environment where the seed of compassion, loving kindness, can be watered every day, then you become a more loving person.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Doug Coupland quote "If you have an impulse to kindness, act on it"
“If you have an impulse to kindness, act on it.” – Douglas Coupland

He is as full of valor as of kindness. Princely in both.

William Shakespeare, Henry V

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

Theodore Isaac Ruibn

I’m a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small.

Liam Neeson

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.

Benjamin Franklin

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.

Tommy Lee Jones

Always be kind, but kindness doesn’t mean that you have to not say what you think.

Grace VanderWaal
Rousseau kindness quote "What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?"
“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Each smallest act of kindness, reverberates across great distances and spans of time –affecting lives unknown to the one who’s generous spirit, was the source of this good echo. Because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage, years later, and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil.

Dean Koontz

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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

No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.

Kevin Heath
"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see"
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

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

Scott Adams

I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. You can find it in a simple act of kindness toward someone who needs help. There is no mistaking love, it is the common fiber of life, the flame that heats our soul, energizes our spirit and supplies passion to our lives.

Elizabeth Kübler Ross

Practice kindness – particularly when you feel irritated or things are not going well. Kindness hardly ever goes wrong.

Lewis Richmond

It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.

Aldous Huxley
Plato kindness quote "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle"
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over. So in a series of acts of kindness there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over.

James Boswell

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.

Jack Kerouac

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

George Sand

Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.

Robin Roe

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Desmond Tutu
Isaac Singer quote "Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life"
“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.

Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

Kahlil Gibran

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

Mahatma Gandhi

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451

Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.

Syed Balkhi
JM Barrie kindness quote "Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary"
“Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.” – J.M. Barrie

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

Steve Maraboli

We’re all born with selfish desires, so we can all relate to those feelings in others. But kindness is something made individually by each person…so it’s easy to misunderstand when others are trying to be kind to you.

Natsuki Takaya

If you can be anything, be kind.

Unknown

Kindness is strength.

Robert G. Ingersoll

Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.

Amy Leigh Mercree
Sophocles quote "Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness"
“Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.” – Sophocles

Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.

Kevin Heath

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

John Ruskin

Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind.

Alexander Pope

Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindness.

Thomas Fuller

I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.

Lady Gaga
"Kindness is loving people more than they deserve"
“Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” – Joseph Joubert

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

Mencius

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.

Amelia Earhart

Forget injuries; never forget kindness.

Confucius

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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
Buddha kindness quote "When words are both true and kind, they can change the world"
“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” – Buddha

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.

Bob Kerrey

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.

Helen James

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.

Albert Einstein

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make

Jane Goodall

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

Albert Schweitzer
Marian Keyes quote "Love and kindness go hand in hand"
“Love and kindness go hand in hand.” – Marian Keyes

Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.

Roy T. Bennett

Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.

P.D. James

It is sometimes difficult to view compassion and loving kindness as the strengths they are.

Sharon Salzberg

When you treat yourself with the kindness and high regard that you would give to one of your spiritual heroes, your body becomes the epicenter of quiet joy rather than a battlefield for the ego.

Debbie Ford

Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.

Ron Hall
Aesop quote "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

William Makepeace Thackeray

If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution.

J.M. Coetzee

Sometimes it’s easy to lose faith in people. And sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes to give you hope again.

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.

Michelle Obama, Becoming
"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness"
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.” – Audrey Hepburn

I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals.

Brendan Behan

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.

Brad Meltzer

Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later.

Alice Monroe

Be kind. Always if you have a choice, be kind.

Anne Rice

What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness.

Barbara Kingsolver
George Elliston quote "How beautiful a day can be, when kindness touches it!"
“How beautiful a day can be, when kindness touches it!” – George Elliston

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

Annie Lennox

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.

William John Bennett

Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.

Roy T. Bennett

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

Seneca

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.

Publilius Syrus
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers"
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Tennessee Williams

Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always.

Rod Williams

Be a little kinder than you have to.

E. Lockhart

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

Lao Tzu

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.

Pearl S. Buck
"Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions"
“Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.” – Roy T. Bennett

We hope you’ve enjoyed these kindness quotes! Looking for ideas for random acts of kindness? Why not…

  1. Compliment a stranger.
  2. Donate goods to your local Food Bank, Diaper Bank, or animal shelter.
  3. Pay for a cup of coffee – or even lunch – for a stranger. Whether you’re in the drive-thru lane or at another table, you’ll make someone’s day!
  4. Call your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or any elder you don’t speak to very often and make their day.
  5. Let someone go ahead of you in the grocery store checkout.
  6. Say thank you to a person who makes a real difference in your community. It could be a police officer, firefighter, military veteran, or doctor.
  7. Make a donation at the blood bank. You could save a life!
  8. Send a card in the mail to someone you haven’t spoken to recently. Tell them how much you appreciate their friendship, love, or support.
  9. Buy flowers for your significant other, mom, sister, grandma, or friend.
  10. Make a commitment to volunteer to help others. There are so many ways to get involved, from delivering food to seniors through Meals on Wheels to helping in a community garden.

Each February, Random Acts of Kindness Day inspires people to be altruistic to their friends, colleagues, neighbors, and strangers.

The movement has its origins in a California restaurant in 1982, when Anne Herbert scribbled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” [insert amazon link to book with this title] on a place mat. From buying coffee or groceries for another person to simply sharing a warm smile with a stranger, showing kindness to others can make all of us feel good.

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Natalie Seale is a writer, researcher, and editor for keepinspiring.me. She holds an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and has started two businesses since 2011. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.