The Kindness Box

Some quotable quotes on kindness …

‘The  most beautiful attribute is a kind and loving heart …’

‘A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge’ – Thomas Carlyle

‘What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?’ – Jean Jacques Rousseau

‘I suppose the thing that I would have liked to have known or be reassured about is that in the world, what counts more than talent, what counts more than energy or concentration or commitment or anything else, is kindness. And the more in the world you encounter kindness – or cheerfulness, which is its kind of amiable uncle or aunt – the more … just the better the world always is.  And all the big words – justice, virtue, truth – are dwarfed by the greatness of kindness’ – Stephen Fry

‘If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it’ – Lucy Larcom

‘That best portion of a good man’s life: his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love’ – William Wordsworth

‘Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness’ – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted’ – Aesop

‘In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load.  When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with’ – Brian Tracy

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

‘A warm smile is the universal language of kindness’ – William Arthur Ward

‘I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile’ – Goldie Hawn

‘A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles’ – Washington Irving

‘We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity.  More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness’ – Charlie Chaplin

‘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

‘A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal’ – Steve Maraboli

‘Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not’ – Samuel Johnson

‘One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind’ – Malayan proverb

‘Be kind. Kindness is free. It costs you nothing and the results are great for everyone’ – Alice Herz-Sommer (Holocaust survivor)

‘Good words bring good feelings to the heart.  Speak with kindness, always’ – Rod Williams

‘Always be a little kinder than necessary’ – J.M. Barrie

‘Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses’ – Aesop

‘Be kind. Always if you have a choice, be kind’ –  Anne Rice

‘Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar’ – Bradley Miller [Teach a child compassion and it will stay with them their whole life through …]

‘When the choice is to be right or to be kind, always make the choice that brings peace’ – Dr Wayne Dyer

‘We must never allow the voice of humanity within us to be silenced. It is man’s  sympathy with all creatures that first makes him truly a man’ – Albert Schweitzer

‘Animals cannot speak, but can you and I not speak for them and represent them?  Let us all feel their silent cry of agony  and let us all help that cry to be heard in the world’ – Rukmini Devi Arundale

‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle’ – Ian Maclaren

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

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

‘In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit’ – Anne Frank

‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention’ – Oscar Wilde

‘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 the potential to turn a life around’ – Leo Buscaglia

‘It is our deeds, the accumulated acts of goodness and kindness, that define us and ultimately are the true measure of our worth. Service is the coin of the spirit’ –  Anonymous

‘Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others  cannot keep it from themselves’ – J. M. Barrie

‘Spread love everywhere you go. ‘ – Mother Teresa

‘The sadness which reigned everywhere was but an excuse for unfailing kindness’ – Victor Hugo

‘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’ – Mother Teresa

‘True happiness … comes from making others happy’ – Proverb

‘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’ ‘ – Rabbi  Harold Kushner

‘If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion’ – The Dalai Lama

‘Love and kindness are never wasted. They bless the one who receives them and the bless you, the giver’ – Barbara de Angelis

‘Kindness is that language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see’ – Mark Twain

‘Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love. Kindness is good will, kindness says ‘I want you to be happy’ ‘ –  Randolph Ray

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

‘My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness’ – The Dalai Lama

‘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

‘Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits.  Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds; fill it with sunshine, kind words and kind deeds’ – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

‘Your acts of kindness are iridescent wings of divine love, which linger and continue to uplift others long after your sharing’ – Rumi

‘The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose’ – Hada Bejar

‘Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud’ – Maya Angelou

‘The heart that gives, gathers’ – Marianne Moore

‘A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds.  A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship and he who plants kindness gathers love.’ – St Basil

‘Kindness has no religion. It is like an open sky’ – Amit Ray

‘We are all so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and this will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe’ – Amit Ray

‘How beautiful a day can be, when kindness touches it’ – George Elliston

‘There is no religion without love and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham’ – Anna Sewell

‘Sometimes it’s easy to lose faith in people.  And sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes to give you hope again’ – Randa Abdel-Fattah

‘But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope’ – Dave Matthews

‘You don’t do kind deeds expecting kindness in return. You don’t do kind deeds because you consider the recipient worthy. You do kind deeds because it’s who you are, and you understand the powerful difference your gentle hand makes in this dreary world’ – Richelle E. Goodrich

‘Great opportunities to help others seldom come,  but small ones surround us every day’ – Sally Koch

‘Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end’ – Scott Adams  [Profound insight, simply put. Who knows the positive impact, through caring or example, an act of kindness can make in someone’s life and where it will lead ….]

‘To be in one’s own heart in kindly sympathy with all things, this is the nature of righteousness’ – Confucius

‘Where mercy, love and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too’ – William Blake

‘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

‘In the end, only kindness matters’ – Jewel Kilcher

Legacy of love: ‘The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind’ – Albert Schweitzer

‘That is your legacy on this earth when you leave this earth: how many hearts you touched’ – Patti Davies

‘A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world’ – Kahlil Gibran

‘Kindness is more important than wisdom and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom’ – Theodore Isaac Rubin

‘But deep this truth impress’d my mind: Thro’ all His works abroad, The heart benevolent and kind, The most resembles God’ – Robert Burns

‘If you planted hope today in a heart that felt alone, if you caused a laugh that chased some tears away, if someone’s burden was made lighter because of your kindness, then your day was well spent’ – Anonymous

‘A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you long after forget-me-nots have withered.  Carve your name on hearts, not on marble’ – Charles H. Spurgeon

‘I have no desire to move mountains, construct monuments or leave behind in my wake material evidence of my existence.  But in the final recollection, if the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared  upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart, then in living  I have made my mark’ – Thomas L. Odem Jr.

A kinder world begins with you