100 Kindness Quotes That Will Open Your Heart

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing, journaling and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler, better and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best kindness quotes I could find. And my goal is simple: to inspire you to be even more loving, kind and open. You’ll discover quotes by Einstein, Lao Tzu, Buddha, and more. Enjoy!

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Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude. Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting. Marlene Dietrich

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

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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

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

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We rise by lifting others. Robert Ingersoll

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One can’t be kind to one person and cruel to another. Morarji Desai

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

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

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The Best Kindness Quotes

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Politeness is the flower of humanity. Joseph Joubert Click to tweet

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

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

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

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

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

Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him. Frank A. Clark Click to tweet

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

The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission. George MacDonald

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

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. Og Mandino

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

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

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. Paramahansa Yogananda

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

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The Most Famous Kindness Quotes

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

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius

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 nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. Bill Gates

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

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

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. William Shakespeare

Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us. Pope Francis

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

Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs. Coco Chanel

The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth. Albert Einstein

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi

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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Short Kindness Quotes

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One-liners, short kindness quotes, sayings and thoughts for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life. Isaac Bashevis Singer Click to tweet

Kindness gives birth to kindness. Sophocles

Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions. Kiana Tom

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

Only the gentle are powerful. Maxime Lagacé

Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. Max Irons

Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey

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Be kind with people and tough with their ideas. @TheStoicEmperor

Kindness is showing someone they matter. Unknown

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

Kill them with kindness, slay them with a smile. Caesar (The Goodbye Man)

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)

We win by tenderness. We conquer by forgiveness. Frederick William Robertson

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Praise by name, criticize by category. Warren Buffett

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 (Sourec)

Men are cruel, but Man is kind. Rabindranath Tagore

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Inspirational Kindness Quotes

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

It doesn’t do any good to argue. Be kind. Richard G. Scott

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

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. Evelyn Underhill

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string. George Dennison Prentice

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

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

Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home. Kin Hubbard

Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty. Sylvia Rossetti

Concentrate on what you have to do. Fix your eyes on it. 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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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

The true and noble way to kill a foe, is not to kill him, – you, with kindness, may so change him, that he shall cease to be so, and then he’s slain.Unknown

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

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)

We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden. Jean Baptiste Henry Lacordaire

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

Related quotes and topics: strength, compassion

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

Kindness Quotes: The Conclusion

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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

Let’s recap:

  • The egoist is poor. The kind person 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.
  • Remember: you still get something by giving. What is it? It’s meaning.
  • Fools take. The wise give.

 

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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. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

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

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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March 6, 2022

Originally published

December 30, 2017

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10 comments

  1. Do you know this old saying?
    Act kindly, for the hands are fair that lift another up.
    A cup of water ye can bear, e’en in a little cup.

    1. Hi Tricia,
      it’s the first time I hear this one.
      It’s a great one!

      Thanks for sharing it with us.
      Maxime

  2. Dear Maxime,
    Thank you so much for your kindness, your strength, and for being every quote that you share with us! These quotes are great and YOU are great! Wish you and your family health and every happiness!

  3. I am looking for a quote By Tao Cheng about kindness on the bottom with a baby hand inside an adult hand on top. Please advise.

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