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The Best Quotes About Kindness

Updated June 14, 2019 786 votes 142 voters 9.6k views

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A list of the best kindness quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous kindness quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic kindness quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational kindness quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about kindness?" and "What are inspirational kindness quotes?"

This list includes notable kindness quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest kindness quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite kindness sayings get to the bottom of the list.
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    Be kind to all and rude to none.

    Debasish Mridha
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    Live as if life is for love and kindness.

    Debasish Mridha
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    Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.

    Christian Nevell Bovee
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    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

    Aesop
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    There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.

    Aeschylus
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    Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.

    J. M. Barrie
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    The kindness and affection from the public have carried me through some of the most difficult periods, and always your love and affection have eased the journey.

    Diana, Princess of Wales
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    Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it's being done to him or by him.

    Frank A. Clark
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    Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.

    Blaise Pascal
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    Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.

    Confucius
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    Fair and softly goes far.

    Miguel de Cervantes
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    Oh worse than everything, is kindness counterfeiting absent love.

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

    Mother Teresa
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    I have found men to be more kind than I expected, and less just.

    Samuel Johnson
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    A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.

    Washington Irving
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    Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    The heart and benevolent and kind the most resembles God.

    Robert Burns
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    Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.

    Eric Hoffer
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    10
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    Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home.

    Kin Hubbard
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    Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.

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

    Benjamin Franklin
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    Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

    Laozi
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    To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.

    Samuel Johnson
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    Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

    Robert G. Ingersoll