Kindness quotes

We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck... But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.

- Ellen Goodman

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.

- Sophocles

If someone were to pay you $.10 for every kind word you ever spoke and collect $.05 for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?

- Nonpareil

Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love. Kindness is good will. Kindness says, I want you to be happy.

- Ray, Randolph

If your words are soft and sweet, they won't be as hard to swallow if you have to eat them.


We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at our brother's shame; however you take it we men are a little breed.

- Tennyson, Lord Alfred

Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.

- Prophet Mohammed

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.

- Syrus, Publilius

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

- Alice Munro

The heart and benevolent and kind the most resembles God.

- Burns, Robert

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

- Kahlil Gibran

To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

- Confucius

Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. [Ephesians]

- Bible

Every time we perform an act of kindness to any human being, ay, even to a dumb animal; every time we conquer our worldliness, love of pleasure, ease, praise, ambition, money, for the sake of doing what our conscience tells us to be our duty,--we are indeed worshipping God the Father in spirit and in truth, and offering Him a sacrifice which He will surely accept for the sake of His beloved Son, by whose Spirit all good deeds and thoughts are inspired.

- All Saints' Day Sermons. 1871.

Kindness gives birth to kindness.

- Sophocles

One kind word can warm 3 winter months.

- Proverb, Japanese

To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite human beings, Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.

- Johnson, Samuel

The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.

- Anita Roddick

Try to become the kind of person that people are anxious to see you as, and after you leave, they will have a lot of thinking to do.


In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.

- Jane Goodall

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