87 Kindness Quotes That Will Change You

Kindness Quotes

The power of genuine, non-judgmental kindness is truly world (and life) changing. These kindness quotes will stick with you, change how you approach your life and show you why you should always be kind, no matter the person, no matter the situation.

Extend yourself in kindness to other human beings wherever you can.

“Extend yourself in kindness to other human beings wherever you can.” – Oprah Winfrey

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” – Dolly Parton

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.

“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.” – Saint Basil

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” – Dalai Lama

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.

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

Give yourself some kindness today until you’re filled and pass it on.

“Give yourself some kindness today until you’re filled and pass it on.” – Lori Hil

We can all fight against loneliness by engaging in random acts of kindness.

“We can all fight against loneliness by engaging in random acts of kindness.” – Gail Honeyman

The love, kindnesses, and value we have given authentically to others will be our remaining treasures at the end of life.

“The love, kindnesses, and value we have given authentically to others will be our remaining treasures at the end of life.” – Steve Brunkhorst

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” – Roy T. Bennett

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.

“Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.” – Amelia Barr

I am a little bit of a softie, yes. Actually I don’t think it’s softness, I think it’s kindness.

“I am a little bit of a softie, yes. Actually I don’t think it’s softness, I think it’s kindness.” – Len Goodman

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.

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

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.

“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

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

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

We should model the kindness we want to see.

“We should model the kindness we want to see.” – Brene Brown

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu

What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.

“What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.” – Cleveland Amory

Kindness is a universal language.

“Kindness is a universal language.” – RAKTIVIST

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.

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

Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.

“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” – A.A. Milne

Kindness is wisdom

“Kindness is wisdom” – Philip James Bailey

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

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

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.

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

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness.

“Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness.” – Aesop

We are all neighbors. Be kind. Be gentle.

“We are all neighbors. Be kind. Be gentle.” – Clemantine Wamariya

It takes strength to be kind; it’s not a weakness.

“It takes strength to be kind; it’s not a weakness.” – Daniel Lubetzky

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss

Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.

“Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.” – Cheryl Strayed

No one has ever become poor by giving.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

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.

“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

Choosing kindness is just as easy as smiling.

“Choosing kindness is just as easy as smiling.” – Justin Tremblay

Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times.

“Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times.” – John Gerzema

Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.

“Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.” – Stacy London

Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don’t just be nice, but be kind to other people. That can be so rewarding.

“Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don’t just be nice, but be kind to other people. That can be so rewarding.” – Mary Lambert

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.

“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

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.

“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

Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place.

“Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place.” – Jasmine Guinness

And so I try to be kind to everything I see, and in everything I see, I see him.

“And so I try to be kind to everything I see, and in everything I see, I see him.” – Hanya Yanagihara

I work best when there’s a safety trampoline of kindness.

“I work best when there’s a safety trampoline of kindness.” – Ruth Negga

The catch phrase for the day is ‘Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.’

“The catch phrase for the day is ‘Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.’” – Harvey Ball

When you show people kindness and respect, despite petty differences, you are bringing positive vibes into your life and into the lives of others.

“When you show people kindness and respect, despite petty differences, you are bringing positive vibes into your life and into the lives of others.” – Jason Scotts

Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.

“Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.” – Roy T. Bennett

It’s very important to choose kindness and stop bullying.

“It’s very important to choose kindness and stop bullying.” – Jacob Tremblay

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

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

Generosity and kindness always feel good to give, and it never feels good to give grief or negativity.

“Generosity and kindness always feel good to give, and it never feels good to give grief or negativity.” – Jason Becker

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

A person’s a person, no matter how small.

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss

Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” – Dr. Seuss

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” – William Arthur Ward

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.

“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” – Thomas Carlyle

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” – Conan O’Brien

Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.

“Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.” – Roy T. Bennett

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

Kindness is choosing to acknowledge and celebrate the beauty in others, regardless of whether or not they can find it in themselves.

“Kindness is choosing to acknowledge and celebrate the beauty in others, regardless of whether or not they can find it in themselves.” – RAKTIVIST

People shouldn’t have to earn kindness. They should have to earn cruelty.

“People shouldn’t have to earn kindness. They should have to earn cruelty.” – Maggie Stiefvater

Forget injuries; never forget kindness

“Forget injuries; never forget kindness” – CONFUCIUS

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.

“Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.” – Evelyn Underhill

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

“Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.” – Teresa of Avila

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato

Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved.

“Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved.” – Wayne Dyer

All I’m saying is, kindness doesn’t have any boundaries.

“All I’m saying is, kindness doesn’t have any boundaries.” – Kathryn Stockett

If you have kindness in your heart, you offer acts of kindness to touch the hearts of others wherever you go—whether they are random or planned. Kindness becomes a way of life.

“If you have kindness in your heart, you offer acts of kindness to touch the hearts of others wherever you go—whether they are random or planned. Kindness becomes a way of life.” – Roy T. Bennett

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

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Philo

Let us practice random kindness and acts of senseless beauty to all we meet.

“Let us practice random kindness and acts of senseless beauty to all we meet.” – Paul Keller

Everyone responds to kindness.

“Everyone responds to kindness.” – Richard Gere

Kindness is a sort of love without being love.

“Kindness is a sort of love without being love.” – Susan Hill

Today you can embrace kindness, practice compassion, stand up for justice, talk to strangers, ask for help, offer hope and listen with your whole heart.

“Today you can embrace kindness, practice compassion, stand up for justice, talk to strangers, ask for help, offer hope and listen with your whole heart.” – Unknown

Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’

“Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’” – Zig Ziglar

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.

“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

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.

“Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” – Confucius

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

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

I’m a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small.

“I’m a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small.” – Liam Neeson

You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.

“You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be.” – Captain Beefheart

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

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

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

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

Be kind to people on the way up – you’ll meet them again on your way down.

“Be kind to people on the way up – you’ll meet them again on your way down.” – Jimmy Durante

Kind people are the best kind of people

“Kind people are the best kind of people” – UNKNOWN

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.

“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.” – Jack Kerouac

Simplify, slow down, be kind. And don’t forget to have art in your life – music, paintings, theater, dance, and sunsets.

“Simplify, slow down, be kind. And don’t forget to have art in your life – music, paintings, theater, dance, and sunsets.” – Eric Carle

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.

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

For it is in giving that we receive.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” – Francis of Assisi

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

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

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