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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
— Aesop


“Living the truth in your heart without compromise brings kindness into the world. Attempts at kindness that compromise your heart cause only sadness.”
— Anonymous, 18th century monk


“Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.”
— Saul Bellow


“”Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
— The Bible: Luke VI.31 (circa 75 A.D.)


“Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?”
— William Blake


“Kindness is a language which the dumb can speak, the deaf can understand.”
— C.N. Bovee


“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


“Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.”
— Buddha


“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.
Pass it on.”
— Rev. Henry Burton


“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


“Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.”
— Richard Carlson


“Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, help to make earth happy like the heaven above.”
— Julia Carney


“The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.”
— Edwin Hubbel Chapin


“They’re only truly great who are truly good.”
— George Chapman (1654)


“Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.”
— Charles Caleb Colton (1825)


“What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.”
— Confucius (circa 500 B.C.)


“A disciple having asked for a definition of charity, the Master said LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”
— Confucius


“Forget injuries; never forget kindness.”
— Confucius


“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”
— The Dalai Lama


“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
— Emily Dickinson


“It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
— Kahil Gibran


“Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.”
— Andre Gide


“If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.”
— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


“It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin


“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“What really matters is what you do with what you have.”
— Shirley Lord


“In the long run, the power of kindness can redeem beyond the power of force to destroy. There is a vast reservoir of kindness that we can no longer afford do disregard.”
— John A. MacAulay


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
— Norman MacEswan


“It is not from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom.”
— Maurice Maeterlinck


“There are eight rungs in charity. The highest is when you help a man to help himself.”
— Moses Maimonides


“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”
— Marcus Aurelius (2nd century A.D.)


“Adapt yourself to the environment in which your lot has been cast, and show true love to the fellow-mortals with whom destiny has surrounded you.”
— Marcus Aurelius (2nd century A.D.)


“Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.”
— Marcus Aurelius (2nd century A.D.)


“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one!”
— Marcus Aurelius (2nd century A.D.)


“We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life.”
— Edwin Markham


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
— Plato


“In faith and hope the world will disagree, But all mankind’s concern is charity.”
— Alexander Pope (1733)


“Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.”
— Hugh Prather


“It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.”
— Publilius Syrus. (1st century B.C.)


“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
— Albert Schweitzer


“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
— Albert Schweitzer


“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”
— Seneca


“Those who love not their fellow-beings live unfruitful lives, and prepare for their old age a miserable grave.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley


“Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realize the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.”
— Swami Sivananda


“You have not lived a perfect day…unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
— Ruth Smeltzer


“One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.”
— Sophocles, 409 BC


“Kindness gives birth to kindness.”
— Sophocles


“Kindness it is that brings forth kindness always.”
— Sophocles (447 BC)


“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


“You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot do by force.”
— Publilius Syrus (1st century BC)