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* "Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time."
-- Marian Wright Edelman

* "The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth..."
-- Albert Einstein

* "Only a life lived for others is worth living."
-- Albert Einstein

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
-- Albert Einstein

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

* "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

* "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

* "Live, let live, and help live."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

* " know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Seek not good from without: seek it within yourselves, or you will never find it."
-- Epictetus (2nd century)

"Happy were men if they but understood
There is no safety but in doing good"
-- John Fountain.

* ...where there is hatred, let me sow love: where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
-- Saint Francis of Assisi

* He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.
-- Benjamin Franklin

"Charity begins at home, but should not end there."
-- Thomas Fuller (1732)


* Be the change you wish to see in the world.
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

* "The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

* What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love.
-- Richard Gere

"It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
-- Kahil Gibran

"Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you."
-- Andre Gide

"Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together."
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

* "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
* No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."

-- Emma Goldman

“Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.”
-- Maxim Gorky

Let us choose life and love, and happily use our selves up in loving service to one another.
-- Doris Haddock (Granny D)

* We have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to dispense justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance.
-- Doris Haddock (Granny D)



"Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows."
-- David Grayson.

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.
-- Stephen Grellet

"If you help others, you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped. Nature must pay off the debt...It is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics."
-- Gurdjieff

Only your compassion and your loving kindness are invincible, and without limit.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

* Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities – those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
-- Ann Herbert

"Compassionate the mountains rise
Dim with the wistful dimness of old eyes
That, having looked on life time out of mind,
Know that the simple gift of being kind
Is greater than all the wisdom of the wise."
-- DuBose Heyward

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

"Concern should drive us into action and not into depression."
-- Karen Horney.


* “Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.”
-- Hubert Humphrey

* "Let us be kinder to one another."
-- Aldous Huxley, on his deathbed

"To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness."
-- Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib (7th century A.D.)

It's no use trying to be clever--we are all clever here; just try to be kind--a little kind.
-- F.J. Foakes Jackson


* In the end only kindness matters
-- Jewel

We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing
My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
I am never broken
In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters
-- Jewel

"He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything."
-- Samuel Johnson

Kindness ... loving people more than they deserve.
-- Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)


Quotes For Kindness

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World Kindness Day - November 13



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