180 Kindness Quotes That Will Make You A Better Person

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

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

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

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The Best Kindness Quotes

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Politeness is the flower of humanity. Joseph Joubert

To understand everything is to forgive everything. Osho 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

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

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

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels. Pearl S. Buck

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

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

Whatever point of view you have, there’s another. Jack Kornfield

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

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Part 2. Kindness Quotes That ARE…

The Most Famous Kindness Quotes (Buddha, Oprah, Gandhi, etc.)

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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. 14th Dalai Lama Click to tweet

No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank

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. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Extend yourself in kindness to other human being wherever you can. Oprah Winfrey

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

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi

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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

Only the powerful are gentle. Maxime Lagacé

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

Kindness is wisdom. Philip James Bailey

Kindness is showing someone they matter. Unknown

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

Always be a little kinder than necessary. James M. Barrie Click to tweet

Tenderness is a virtue. Oliver Goldsmith

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness. Sophocles

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

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

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

Be kind to the living. James McBride

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

Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty. Phaedrus

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Unknown

Men are cruel, but Man is kind. Rabindranath Tagore

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Inspirational Kindness Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

I’m a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small. Liam Neeson

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

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

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

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

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. Rabbi Tarfon

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

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind. Henri Frederic Amiel

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

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

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

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

Funny And Surprising Kindness Quotes

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

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed. Mary Oliver

We have to be active about kindness and about peace. I’ve always fantasized that it would be great if there was a Department of Peace. Dave Matthews

You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be. Don Van Vliet

They are always saying God loves us. If that’s love I’d rather have a bit of kindness. Graham Greene

Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does. Mason Cooley

A kind word is like a Spring day. Russian Proverb

A dog has one aim in life… to bestow his heart. J.R. Ackerley

To belittle, you have to be little. Kahlil Gibran Click to tweet

Kindness does wonderful things to a face. Dixie Doyle

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. Andy Rooney

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. Phyllis Diller

Kind people are the best kind of people. Unknown

Deep Kindness Quotes

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Praise by name, criticize by category. Warren Buffett

Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning. Frederick W. Faber Click to tweet

People will clap to be nice. They will not laugh to be nice. Kenny Rogers

He who fears to weep, should learn to be kind to those who weep. Ahmad Shah Massood

Anger exceeding limits causes fear and excessive kindness eliminates respect. Euripides

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

We are never as kind as we want to be, but nothing outrages us more than people being unkind to us. Adam Phillips

There is a rollicking kindness that looks like malice. Friedrich Nietzsche (See also: integrity quotes)

Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness. George Eliot

When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity. George Eliot

Kindness is not about instant gratification. More often, it’s akin to a low-risk investment that appreciates steadily over time. Josh Radnor

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. Benjamin Jowett

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. Kahlil Gibran

There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In the context of interfaith encounter, we need to bring to the surface how our actual beliefs shape what we do – not simply to agree that kindness is better than cruelty. Rowan D. Williams

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

In the midst of global crises such as pollution, wars and famine, kindness may be too easily dismissed as a ‘soft’ issue, or a luxury to be addressed after the urgent problems are solved. But kindness is the greatest need in all those areas – kindness toward the environment, toward other nations, toward the needs of people who are suffering. Until we reflect basic kindness in everything we do, our political gestures will be fleeting and fragile. Bo Lozoff

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. Mencius

It is kindness to immediately refuse what you intend to deny. Publilius Syrus

The serenity of mind, gentleness, silence, self-restraint, and the purity of mind are called the austerity of thought. Bhagavad Gita

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless. Willa Cather

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

Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind? Jeff Bezos

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See also: 7 Ways to Express Your Love (psychologytoday.com)

Wise Kindness Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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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 Click to tweet

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

Kind hearts are the gardens. Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits. Kirpal Singh

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged. Benjamin Franklin

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

There are many times when it is better to be kind than clever. Thibaut

There’s no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late. Charles Kingsley

Kindness and a good heart are the foundation for success in this life, progress on the spiritual path, and the fulfillment of our aspirations. Our need for them is not limited to any specific time, place, society, or culture. 14th Dalai Lama

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward. William John Bennett

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

If we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution. J.M. Coetzee

A great many men’s gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature. Joseph Addison

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely. Roy T. Bennett

It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. John Steinbeck

Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns. Marc Estrin

When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right. W. Somerset Maugham

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. Theodore Rubin

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. C. S. Lewis

Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks. Thomas Fuller

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Part 3. Top 10 Quotes From Two Of The Kindest People Ever

Top 10 14th Dalai Lama Quotes

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1. Love is the absence of judgment. 14th Dalai Lama Click to tweet

2. Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. 14th Dalai Lama

3. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. 14th Dalai Lama

4. Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. 14th Dalai Lama

5. There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. 14th Dalai Lama

6. To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle. 14th Dalai Lama

7. We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. 14th Dalai Lama

8. Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can. 14th Dalai Lama

9. Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. 14th Dalai Lama

10. Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay. 14th Dalai Lama

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11. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. 14th Dalai Lama

Top 10 Mother Teresa Quotes

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1. Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa Click to tweet

2. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Mother Teresa

3. I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’. Mother Teresa

4. Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa

5. Intense love does not measure, it just gives. Mother Teresa

6. The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. Mother Teresa

7. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Mother Teresa

8. I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. Mother Teresa

9. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

10. We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

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11. What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Mother Teresa

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Part 4. 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 Click to tweet

Call to action: Read 11 Old-Fashioned Ways People Showed Kindness That We Should Bring Back (bustle.com)

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

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

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. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

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

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

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  1. 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!

  2. 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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