Kindness Quotes and Kindness Proverbs: Generosity and Compassion Quotes

A careful selection of kindness quotes and kindness proverbs to motivate anyone on the beauty and essence of being kind.

Kindness is a language which the blind can see and the deaf can hear. ~African proverb

You can attract more bees with a spoonful of sugar than a cupful of vinegar. ~Saint Francis de Sales

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are. ~Anonymous

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. ~Chinese proverb

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~Plato

The greatest wisdom of all is kindness. ~Hebrew proverb

Kindness breaks no bones. ~German proverb

If something uncharitable is said in your presence, either speak in favor of the absent, or withdraw, or, if possible, stop the conversation. ~St. John Vianney

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. it’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt. ~Leo Buscaglia

By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness ~Nigerian proverb

It is raining still… Maybe it is not one of those showers that is here one minute and gone the next, as I had so boldly assumed. Maybe none of them are. After all, life in itself is a chain of rainy days. But there are times when not all of us have umbrellas to walk under. Those are the times when we need people who are willing to lend their umbrellas to a wet stranger on a rainy day. I think I’ll go for a walk with my umbrella. ~Sun-Young Park

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

A forced kindness deserves no thanks. ~Italian proverb

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

I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness. ~Bl. Mother Teresa

Listen with kindness for a clear explanation. ~Egyptian proverb

Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none. ~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

Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one. ~Robert Brault

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. ~William Hazlitt

Kind words elicit trust. Kind thoughts create depth. Kind deeds bring love. ~Lao Tzu

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

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

As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech. ~Katherine Francke

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. ~William Wordsworth

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

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart. ~Henry Clay

One ill behaviour may cause others to forget the kindness we’ve done. ~Indonesian proverb

A kindness bestowed on the good is never thrown away. ~Latin proverb

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

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. ~Charles Dickens

If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

He suffocates me with kindness. ~Latin proverb

Part of kindness is loving people more than they deserve. ~Joseph Joubert

Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person. ~C. Neil Strait

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ~Benjamin Franklin

How quickly with all is a kindness forgotten. ~Latin proverb

Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower. ~S. H. Simmons

If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path. ~Mary Webb

Kindness can pluck the whiskers of a lion. ~Moroccan proverb

Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world. ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house… let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. ~Bl. Mother Teresa

Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind! ~Henri F. Amiel

Life is mostly froth and bubbles,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own. ~Adam Lindsay Gordon

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

Kindness refreshes and restores the tired and broken. ~Gerard Thomas Straub

Kindnesse cannot be bought for geir. ~Scotch proverb

Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live. ~Charles M. Schwab

Let me, tonight look back across the span
Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say-
Because of some good act to beast or human-
The world is better that I lived today. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Little deeds of kindness,
little words of love,
make our earth an Eden,
like the heaven above. ~Julia Carney

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

One kind word can warm three snowy peaks. ~Japanese proverb

Thank you to all the people in the world who are always 10% kinder than they need to be. That’s what really makes the world go round. ~Helen Exley

There are more people who know how to be virtuous than actually exemplify it. Kindness and compassion are not a suit of clothes to be worn only at convenient times. ~Michael Rawls

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

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

Gold is a debt we can repay, but kindness not till our dying day. ~Malawian proverb

The best memory is that which forgets nothing, but injuries. Write kindness in marble and write injuries in the dust. ~Persian proverb

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

It is easy to forget a kindness, but one remembers unkindness. ~Indian proverb

We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne. ~Marcus Aurelius

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. ~John Andrew Holmes

When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And, it’ll become like a wildfire. ~Whoopi Goldberg

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

Write injuries in dust, But kindnesses in marble. ~French proverb

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. ~Anonymous

He that asketh a courtesy promiseth a kindness. ~English proverb

You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ~Ruth Smeltzer

When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, “Yes, this is how I ought to feel.” ~Harold Kushner

Kindness will never be wasted in any way. ~Japanese proverb

Don’t wait for people to be friendly, show them how. ~Anonymous

Kindness begets kindness. ~Greek proverb

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.  Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

Better do a kindness near home than go far to burn incense. ~Chinese proverb

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~Anonymous

One kindness is the price of another. ~Japanese proverb

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. ~Winston Churchill

Kindness brings happiness. ~English proverb

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. ~Anonymous

Do not forget little kindnesses and do not remember small faults. ~Chinese proverb

Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances. ~St. Vincent de Paul

He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. ~Spanish proverb

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

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

Kindness is more binding than a loan. ~American proverb

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. ~Dave Barry

Stupidity closes the doors of kindness. ~Mexican proverb

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. ~Thomas Fuller

Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindnesses. ~Irish proverb

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~John E. Southard

Kindnesses, like grain, increase by sowing. ~German proverb

Getting money is not all a man’s business:  to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. ~Samuel Johnson

A word of kindness is better than a bottle of vodka. ~Russian proverb

Love someone who doesn’t deserve it. ~Anonymous

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

With a sweet tongue of kindness, you can drag an elephant by a hair. ~Persian proverb

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson

Kindness does not go rotten. ~Swahili proverb

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~James Matthew Barrie

Kindness is the beginning and the end of the law. ~Hebrew proverb

Don’t cast a shadow on anyone unless you’re providing shade. ~Terri Guillemets

Honesty and kindness enhance every beauty. ~Sicilian proverb

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