90+ Best Kindness Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Kindness is about the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Being kind can strengthen your relationships and sense of satisfaction in life. It brings about lasting well-being. Inspirational quotes about kindness will make you a better person by enlightening you, add beauty to your life, and encourage you to make a difference.

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Kindness Quotes

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. ― Samuel Johnson

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life. ― Jackie Chan

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

Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are. ― Harold S. Kushner

For it is in giving that we receive. ― Francis of Assisi

Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else. – Mitch Albom

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting. ― Marlene Dietrich

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it. ― Dante Alighieri

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up. ― Jesse Jackson

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ― Mark Twain

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

Real kindness seeks no return; What return can the world make to rain clouds? ― Tiruvalluvar

Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can. ― Andrew Iskander

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. ― Hada Bejar

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. ― Napolean Hill

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. ― Thomas Carlyle

Be kind. Always if you have a choice, be kind. ― Anne Rice

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

I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that. ― Robert Michaels MD

Every single time you help somebody stand up you are helping humanity rise. ― Steve Maraboli

Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself. ― Henry Ward Beecher

Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life. ― Isaac Bashevis Singer

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ― Plato

Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help. — Heather French Henry

One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness; usually it comes back to you. ― Anonymous

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

Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness. ― Harold Kushner

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

Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

If you want to support others you have to stay upright yourself. ― Peter Heg

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

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

Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place. ― Daniel H. Pink

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey. ― Sarah Fielding

People need to spread love towards strangers. We all bleed the same blood and we are all part of a global community now. — Aloe Blacc

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ― Lao Tzu

There is only one science, physics: everything else is social work. — James D. Watson

No one has ever become poor by giving. ― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank: the play

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. ― Tenzin Gyatso

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. ― Mattie Stepanek

It’s enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back. – Adrian Grenier

Give freely to the world these gifts of love and compassion. Do not concern yourself with how much you receive in return, just know in your heart it will be returned. ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Happiness doesn’t come through selfishness but through selflessness. Everything you do comes back around. ― Anonymous

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ― Charles Dickens

Sometimes our work as caregivers is not for the faint of heart. But, you will never know what you are made of until you step into the fire. Step bravely! ― Deborah A. Beasley

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. ― Neil Gaiman

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. ― Nelson Mandela

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

You really can change the world if you care enough. ― Marian Wright Edelman

Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people. ― Roy T. Bennett

I always try to be nice. I never want to be that person that anyone perceives as being rude or disrespectful, ’cause that’s not me at all. – Khalid

Kindness is loving people more than they deserve. ― Joseph Joubert

Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires. ― Bill Gates

But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword. As a mortal, I was never a great fighter or athlete or poet. I only made wine. The people in my village laughed at me. They said I would never amount to anything. Look at me now. Sometimes small things can become very large indeed. ― Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ― Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. ― Marlo Thomas

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

In the calculus of good deeds you have the most to gain. ― Naguib Mahfouz

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. ― Dalai Lama XIV

It seemed … such nonsense — inventing differences, when people, heaven knows, were different enough without that. ― Virginia Woolf

Kindness is strength. Good nature is often mistaken for virtue, and good health sometimes passes for genius. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, everyone should be serene, slow-pulsed, and calm. Intelligence is not the foundation of arrogance. Insolence is not logic. Epithets are the arguments of malice. ― Robert Green Ingersoll, The Christian Religion An Enquiry

Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man. — Charles Sumner

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ― Debbie Macomber

Even if you make a mistake, you can go back and do the right thing. — Will Arnett

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When God takes out the trash, don’t go digging back through it. Trust Him. ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ― Author Unknown

Just being there for someone can sometimes bring hope when all seems hopeless. ― Dave G. Llewelyn

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. ― Blaise Pascal

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

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude. ― Confucius

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. ― Emanuel Swedenborg

Little hearts, little souls give little lusts big power. Big hearts give little lusts little power. ― John Piper

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, Smile Anyway

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours. ― Mary Schmich

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

Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life. ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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

Being innovative in your philanthropy allows you to stride forward in your giving journey; you can marry your mind and heart to turn charity into lasting impact; and you can become more ambitious in your giving. — Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Remorse is a terrible thing to bear, Pam, one of the worst of all punishments in this life. To wish undone something you have done, to wish you could look back on kindness to someone you love, instead of on unkindness – that is a very terrible thing. ― Enid Blyton, House at the Corner

Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step. — Mariska Hargitay

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. ― Eric Hoffer

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. ― Kahlil Gibran

To understand everything is to forgive everything. ― Osho

I was in love with everything- I wanted to look with love at the angry people so that their eyes would be forced to respond; and I wanted to bring gifts to the envious and tell them that I am worthless. ― Egon Schiele

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ― Mark Twain

Being kind to someone, only to look kind to others, defeats the purpose of being kind. ― Shannon L. Alder

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ― Aesop

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

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

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

It’s wonderful to move forward technologically, but we cannot forget that we are human beings who thrive on relationships, who thrive on interconnectivity, who thrive on sharing your feelings and emotions. — Goldie Hawn

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. ― Nelson Mandela

Community service has been a great thing for me. — Baker Mayfield

Kindness holds the key to the secret of our own transformation and, in the process, of the transformation of the world. ― Jean Maalouf

Without suffering, there’s no happiness. So, we shouldn’t discriminate against the mud. We have to learn how to embrace and cradle our own suffering and the suffering of the world, with a lot of tenderness. ― Thich Nhat Hạnh, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering

Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe. ― Gordon B. Hinckley

How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey. ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

They weren’t nice words he said. He could’ve lived a good life and died never having made a person feel rubbed down to bones and too sad to hold together. ― Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

A little kindness from person to person is better than a vast love for all humankind. ― Richard Dehmel

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

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

If you treat people right, they will treat you right … ninety percent of the time. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows. ― Audrey Hepburn

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. ― Mahatma Gandhi

I don’t want you to be young and beautiful. I only want one thing. I want you to be kind-hearted – and not just towards cats and dogs. ― Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

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

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, Fahrenheit 451

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

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. ― Publilius Syrus

Even after the appeal had closed there was still the odd donation coming in from members of the community. — Bob Coombes

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

Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth. ― C. A. Bartol

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. ― William Makepeace Thackeray

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. ― Abraham Joshua Heschel

Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most. ― Unknown

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