70 Kindness Quotes To Make The World Better

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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Here are 70 of the BEST kindness quotes.

But first, why did I create this page?

Because I believe being kind is one of the most important things we can do to create a better world.

It’s also easy to do:

In sum,

You serve.

And a society based on kindness is the best kind of society.

I hope these quotes inspire and transform you (as much as they did to me).

You’ll discover quotes by Mark Twain, Lao Tzu, Buddha, and more.

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

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

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

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

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting. Marlene Dietrich

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

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude. Confucius

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

We rise by lifting others. Robert Ingersoll

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


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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. 14th Dalai Lama

There’s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

Politeness is the flower of humanity. Joseph Joubert

Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter. Sam Altman

Kids want to appear tough and independent. Adults want to appear kind and perfect. The wise are just kind. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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



More Quotes About Kindness

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Kindness and empathy is not weakness, it’s strength. Lex Fridman (Source)

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. Eric Hoffer

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. William Shakespeare

Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right. Haruki Murakami

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

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Saint Francis de Sales

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

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

There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness. Cicero


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

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. Buddha

The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard. Henry David Thoreau

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 14th Dalai Lama

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

We can disagree and still be kind to each other. Gary Vaynerchuk

Be pitiful, for every man is fighting a hard battle. Ian Maclaren (For more detail on the source of this quote, check this link)

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

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Never be so kind, you forget to be clever. Never be so clever, you forget to be kind. Taylor Swift

Be as successful as you want, but if you’re unkind, you’re not. Maxime Lagacé

Only the gentle are powerful. Maxime Lagacé

Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey

Kindness is showing someone they matter. Unknown

If you can be anything in this world, be kind. Caroline Flack

Tenderness is a virtue. Oliver Goldsmith

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness. Sophocles

Small acts of kindness add up, and in the end may save the world. Lex Fridman (Source)

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An egoist lives in poverty. A kind person lives in abundance. Maxime Lagacé

Be a little kinder than you have to. E. Lockhart

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! George Elliston

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. Teresa of Avila

Being nice is a competitive advantage. Anthony Pompliano (Source)

Men are cruel, but Man is kind. Rabindranath Tagore

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

The most beautiful family is based respect. The most beautiful relationship is based on love. The most beautiful world in based on kindness. Maxime Lagacé

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows. Robert Green Ingersoll

Related: 11 Old-Fashioned Ways People Showed Kindness That We Should Bring Back (bustle.com)

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

It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn’t matter. Because I think it’s pretty much the only thing that matters. Josh Radnor

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. Francis of Assisi

Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy. Marcus Aurelius

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The luckier you are, the nicer you should be, and the nicer you are, the luckier you’ll be. Morgan Housel (Source)

It’s wise to be kind. It’s wiser to be kind and truthful. Maxime Lagacé

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. John Wesley


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

We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead. Roy T. Bennett

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

I am not and never will be perfect. I am not always as honest, respectful, responsible, fair or as kind as I should be. All I can do is what I should do: strive every day, with every decision to be the best person I can be. I don’t expect to be perfect but I know I can be better. Michael Josephson

The wonderful thing is that it’s so incredibly easy to be kind. Ingrid Newkirk

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. Saint Francis de Sales

No matter how educated, talented or rich you are, how you treat people ultimately tells all. Vala Afshar (Source)

Related: How to Be Kinder: 11 Fine Tips (positivityblog.com)


There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. 14th Dalai Lama

Key Takeaways

  • Remember: The egoist is poor. The kind is rich.
  • Be kind and generous even if others are not. You’ll make a better world by doing what’s right, not what’s easy.
  • Even small acts of kindness make a difference. Do them often.
  • Keep in mind: you still get something by giving. What is it? It’s meaning.
  • The fool takes. The wise gives.

Further Readings

I hope you enjoyed these beautiful kindness quotes. If you did, please share them with a friend today!

Are you kind to other people? What’s your favorite kindness quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.


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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

October 16, 2023

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