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52 Short, Inspirational Quotes about Kindness

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

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Mr. Rogers once said, “Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.” And that lesson still rings true — which is why we’ve compiled a list of both short and long inspirational quotes about kindness and its power to transform our relationships with friends, family and communities. If you’re looking to put your words into action, try performing an act of kindness (like gifting something special to a family member) to bring happiness to someone you know — or even a stranger! Read on for 52 motivation quotes about the power of kindness.

Kindness Quotes

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” —Princess Diana

“No one is born hating another person…People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” —Nelson Mandela

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” —Eric Hoffer

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

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.” —Audrey Hepburn

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” —William Arthur Ward

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” —Sir Winston Churchill

“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

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

“Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.” —Sophocles

“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

“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” —Pablo Casais

“The true greatness of a person, in my view, is evident in the way he or she treats those with whom courtesy and kindness are not required.” —Joseph B. Wirthlin

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” —Lady Gaga

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

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

“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

​​“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” —Buddha

“How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straight away. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” —Anne Frank

“The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.” —Charles Kuralt

“I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” —Stephen Grellet

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” —Marlene Dietrich

“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” —Whoopi Goldberg

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” —Lao Tzu

“Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” —Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” —George Sand

“Many men fail because they do not see the importance of being kind and courteous to the men under them. Kindness to everybody always pays for itself. And, besides, it is a pleasure to be kind.” —Charles M. Schwab

“Each time I perform an act of kindness, a part of me heals.” —Lupi Ngcayisa

“Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.” —Washington Irving

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” —Jackie Chan

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” —Dalai Lama

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other—not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” —Nelson Mandela

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

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” —Andrew Iskander

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort. —Humphry Davy

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

“Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.” —Tommy Lee Jones

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be The candle or the mirror that reflects it.” —Edith Wharton

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop

“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

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” —Scott Adams

“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” —Ellen DeGeneres

“If you have an impulse to kindness, act on it.” —Douglas Coupland

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” —William Makepeace Thackeray

“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.” —Mr. Rogers

“Kindness — that simple word. To be kind — it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind, that's it.” —Roald Dahl

“Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.” —Robert J. Furey

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” —Vincent Van Gogh

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.” —Dalai Lama

“I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.” —Roald Dahl

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