41 Quotes About Kindness That Will Inspire You to Make a Difference and Be Happy
Sometimes it takes only a simple string of words to move our hearts and souls and try to make the world a happier and peaceful place to live.
Kindness is one of the most powerful and often overlooked aspects of human nature that must be practiced constantly. It teaches us about humility and with it, we can make the world a better place as well as improve our own well-being.
With that being said, here are some of the most inspirational quotes of kindness that we need in the dark times of today:
1. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” – Bob Kerrey
Meaning: Kindness is something that no one ever asks for. It is something that another person gives because they care for another human being regardless of race, color, creed, and religion. Sadly it is a trait that is rarely appreciated.
2. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” – Mark Twain.
Meaning: An act of kindness is so powerful that it can reach the hearts of the blind as well as the deaf. And when you do something out of the goodness of your heart without asking for anything in return, you will be rewarded with that kindness as well. Never assume that any deed of kindness is futile.
3. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
Meaning: We can’t do this quote any more justice. Kindness is perhaps the best act that can be utilized in words, thoughts, and actions in order to bring out the best in others.
4. “A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” – Thomas Carlyle
Meaning: This quote indicates that a person’s greatness is not measured by their wealth or high social status, but how kindly and properly they treat those of lower status, as in, the poor and unfortunate.
5. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Meaning: Do not waste your chance to showcase or practice an act of kindness whenever you see another human being, be it family, friend, acquaintance or stranger.
6. “Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter.” – Sam Altman
Meaning: Even when you know that other people whom you don’t know won’t acknowledge your generosity, don’t let it stop you from being generous to them anyway.
7. “Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.” – Kiana Tom
Meaning: The thought may be a nice one but it’s not exactly practical especially with murderers, sexual offenders and other types of criminals are out there. Yes, we should be kind to others, but no evil deed should go unpunished.
8. “Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” – Confucius
Meaning: Kindness should be practiced, but it’s not a business where you can expect the other party to necessarily return the favor right away. Not everyone appreciates the good things you do.
9. “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
Meaning: Here, Roosevelt remarks how a free nation is not one that has to be cruel to be tough and persevere, but rather kind.
10. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Meaning: There are plenty of opportunities to demonstrate kindness to others. There is no urgency to it. So this quote is a little off to us. But sometimes if you don’t repay someone with an act of kindness right after you’ve done them wrong, then it may be too late to mend that broken relationship by tomorrow.
11. “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
Meaning: Now this is a more practical quote. Knowing how to give something instead of doing so without thought or by instinct. Kindness is not supposed to be handed out on a silver platter like a batch of freshly baked cookies or brownies to every random stranger that you see. If you feel people need help or compassion, then you are free to do so at your own volition.
12. “Kindness is choosing to acknowledge and celebrate the beauty in others, regardless of whether or not they can find it in themselves.” – RAKTIVIST
Meaning: Another practical quote that we can relate to. Kindness is a choice that we think others may need and not some kind of impulse in which the third-party is automatically deserving of just because they’re human. It’s also letting us know that we choose to devote kindness even when the person we’re giving it to doesn’t acknowledge it right away.
13. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward
Meaning: When a smile isn’t mechanical or comes off as fake, it can induce a sense of appreciation in others. Exchanging kindness with a smile can send the right message.
14. “Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him.” – Frank A. Clark
Meaning: Kindness is a characteristic that makes a person feel warm inside whether it is being done to them by others or when they do it to others themselves. It is an innate phenomenon that God Himself condones.
15. “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer
Meaning: Constantly being kind to others can make the world a much brighter and peaceful place to live – just so long as that kindness is genuine and not something for your own personal gains. It can even ward off any negative traits within others if they realize it and learn to appreciate it.
16. “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
Meaning: This is what real kindness is like, spoken by an incredibly wonderful person who unfortunately was cut off from this world too soon. Nevertheless, her words of wisdom are so evergreen that it never gets old no matter how many times we look back at it. This quote implies that we should carry out a random act of kindness without any expectation of compensation and the person we were kind to would return that same kindness someday later.
17. “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” – Barbara de Angelis
Meaning: The quote does make sense if only the person receiving the act of kindness truly acknowledges it and is positively influenced to the point where they too wish to reciprocate that kindness.
18. “One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others’ feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all — to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high.” – Ezra Taft Benson
Meaning: Well this is pretty self-explanatory and one that we couldn’t have said better ourselves.
19. “There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” – Nathaniel Branden
Meaning: When you feel good about yourself, your beliefs and what you do, you are liable to treat others with respect and kindness. The only problem is that we don’t know if it’s self-esteem or narcissism – thinking that one is too good without any faults, in which then, they would not go out of their way to do something nice for others.
20. “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” – Sophocles
Meaning: Kindness is far more valuable than any material possession in the world, especially if and when it is given by someone who knows how to show it and accept it from others.
21. “The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Meaning: If you mean well, then God knows what’s in your heart and He sees all. We must understand that not everyone will accept our kindness, but we should give it anyway because, in the end, God will approve of it.
22. “Stay humble. Work Hard. Be kind.” – Anonymous
Meaning: Short, sweet and to the point.
23. “One of the most beautiful things we can do is to help another. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing.” – Spice Of Life
Meaning: It may not cost us anything, but kindness is indeed the most valuable element of human existence. And one of the most beautiful things we can do with it is to help another person in need.
24. “Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” – Andrew Iskander
Meaning: Such beauty in such simple words. We don’t act out of kindness because we’re doing someone a favor or simply that the other person can’t do it, but because we feel they may need our help without asking for it.
25. “When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel
Meaning: This says a lot. Having high intelligence is indeed commendable, but if it’s not backed by good intentions, then it’s just worthless.
26. “You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” – Publilius Syrus
Meaning: More sage advice that makes sense. Doing things by force will not make the other person or group welcome you with warm open arms and instead, the person will simply avoid you altogether. It is only when you take things in a slow and organic manner that they will genuinely gravitate towards you and elicit the same act of kindness as you.
27. “Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times.” -John Gerzema
Meaning: Well don’t we all wish to work at places where all of the above-mentioned aspects in the quote are overtly practiced and encouraged? Any organization that allows their employees to be honest and kind can truly be successful.
28. “The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission.” – George MacDonald
Meaning: Absolutely correct. Kindness is something that can only be successful when the person we share it with accepts it in their hearts and then others get to know about it.
29. “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.” – Tommy Lee Jones
Meaning: When considering society like it is today, Mr. Lee Jones is pretty much right at home with this quote. Most like to throw around words of kindness and politeness but seldom do they live up to those words in practice.
30. “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin
Meaning: Another amazing quote of how kindness holds more credence than intelligence. True wisdom belongs to those who value kindness more than intelligence.
31. “One can’t be kind to one person and cruel to another.” – Morarji Desai
Meaning: We agree as well as disagree with this quote. That’s because not all people are deserving of kindness, especially the wicked who are involved in drugs, murder, terrorism and other acts of wrongdoing. On the other hand, if we’re going to exhibit kindness to one person, we should especially be doing to those who reciprocate that kindness as well.
32. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn
Meaning: A very fashionable way to describe kindness but the implication is certainly there.
33. “The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” – Hada Bejar
Meaning: Majestic and evocative. The quote implies the rose as a person’s act of kindness which, when given to another person, will have its scent forever on them since people will always appreciate what has been done for them.
34. “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” – Jesse Jackson
Meaning: Love the double meaning in this quote. The only time we can look down on someone without coming off as unruly and cruel is if we help them get right back up.
35. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama
Meaning: As with most Abrahamic religions and such, kindness is an obligation authenticated and condoned by God Himself.
36. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
Meaning: It’s angelic to be moved by a quote so simple, yet powerful at the same time. The more you give to others, the richer your reward will be in your heart.
37. “There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.” – Cicero
Meaning: Indeed! If we can’t repay someone’s kindness towards us, we really don’t really understand or are even worthy of comprehending kindness. This would be bad for us as we’re doing that person a great disservice.
38. “When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” – Buddha
Meaning: You shouldn’t just hand out kindness like a batch of freebies or offer it to someone as a means of accomplishing a favor for them. Kindness has to be an unsolicited and generous act that must be given to someone in need or in trouble just because you value their safety, health, and well-being, without asking for anything in return. All those are important aspects of kindness which will only matter when they’re genuine or true.
39. “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
Meaning: People can say all they want about expressing gratitude and kindness to others, but when their words just feel flat and inconsiderate, that is when it won’t connect. Most of all, we must ensure that our words of kindness are matched just as well by our actions.
40. “Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.” – Pope Francis
Meaning: It may be easier said than done when quotes like this are taken into account, but the very least we can do is try to express kindness to everyone. After that, only God knows best. It is not possible to spread kindness to everyone, especially if they don’t return it.
41. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa
Meaning: When the meanings behind kind words and phrases reach and move the hearts of the listeners, only then will you have made a difference. What’s important is that we remain steadfast in the duties of kindness that God has condoned for us, regardless if the other person returns it or not.