100 Best Kindness Quotes

Looking for the best kindness quotes? We’ve compiled a list of top 100 quotes and sayings about kindness, it’s importance in life and more.

Top 100 Kindness Quotes

1. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. “Be a little kinder than you have to.” – E. Lockhart

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

10. “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin

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

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12. “All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.” – Kathryn Stockett

13. “Life becomes easier and more beautiful when we can see the good in other people.” – Roy T. Bennett

14. “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Kahlil Gibran

15. “It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn’t matter. Because I think it’s pretty much the only thing that matters.” – Josh Radnor

16. “Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.” – Pope Francis

17. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

18. “Kindness gives birth to kindness.” – Sophocles

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

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

21. “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” – Blaise Pascal

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22. “I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them.” – Brigitte Bardot

23. “Always be a little kinder than necessary.” – James M. Barrie

24. “Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.” – Annie Lennox

25. “I don’t worry about people misinterpreting my kindness for weakness.” – Jason Bateman

26. “When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.” – W. Somerset Maugham

27. “A kindness received should be returned with a freer hand.” – Saint Ambrose

28. “The kindness that’s been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life.” – Lady Gaga

29. “Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.” – Mencius

30. “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

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

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32. “Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.” – Ron Hall

33. “Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter.” – Sam Altman

34. “People just take your kindness for weakness sometimes, and that’s just the bottom line.” – Ruben Studdard

35. “One of the toughest things for leaders to master is kindness. Kindness shares credit and offers enthusiastic praise for others’ work. It’s a balancing act between being genuinely kind and not looking weak.” – Travis Bradberry

36. “Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

37. “I always say that kindness is the greatest beauty that you can have.” – Andie MacDowell

38. “Love and kindness go hand in hand.” – Marian Keyes

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

40. “Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

41. “I’m honest and fair, but I don’t dispense false kindness.” – Steve Easterbrook

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42. “Every day, some act of kindness comes my way, even if it’s just someone opening the door. It happens every day if you keep an eye out for it. Keeping an eye out, that’s the key.” – Aaron Neville

43. “Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does.” – Mason Cooley

44. “The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.” – Sarah Fielding

45. “Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.” – Frederick William Faber

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

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

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

49. “My religious philosophy is kindness. Try to be kind. That’s something worth achieving.” – Pierce Brosnan

50. “Kindness is an everyday byproduct of all the great virtues.” – Krista Tippett

51. “Everyone responds to kindness.” – Richard Gere

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

53. “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” – Sophocles

54. “The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.” – Anita Roddick

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

56. “The way I stand up to bullies is with kindness and love. Because I think that’s what they really need. They’re misunderstood and probably really upset themselves.” – Chrissy Metz

57. “Kindness is something that I feel is leaving us a little bit – people are getting more self-involved.” – Cobie Smulders

58. “Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” – Joseph Joubert

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

60. “Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another.” – Walter Savage Landor

61. “Harshness and unkindness are relative. The appearance of them may be the fruits of the greatest kindness.” – William Godwin

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62. “There is no substitute for kindness in the home. This lesson I learned from my father. He always listened to my mother’s advice. As a result, he was a better, wiser, and kinder man.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

63. “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” – Samuel Johnson

64. “To repay evils with kindness is the religion I was taught to practise, and this will forever be my rule.” – John James Audubon

65. “”Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

66. “I like kindness. Who doesn’t? Life is definitely too short for self-centered, abusive people.” – Ellen Greene

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

68. “Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness.” – Holly Branson

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

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

71. “A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” – John Ruskin

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72. “Kindness and intelligence don’t always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.” – Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

73. “Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

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

75. “Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. And a sense of humor. It’s like medicine – very healing.” – Max Irons

76. “Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

77. “True popularity comes from acts of kindness rather than acts of stupidity.” – Bo Bennett

78. “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

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

80. “The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.” – Oscar de la Renta

81. “It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.” – Nellie Bly

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82. “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

83. “True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.” – Alek Wek

84. “There’s nothing so kingly as kindness, and nothing so royal as truth.” – Alice Cary

85. “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

86. “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

87. “Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.” – Kiana Tom

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

89. “I actually think that the most efficacious way of making a difference is to lead by example, and doing random acts of kindness is setting a very good example of how to behave in the world.” – Misha Collins

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

91. “Kindness is really important to me in finding my own prince – so are patience and a sense of humor. Without those qualities he’s no Prince Charming!” – Anne Hathaway

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92. “Good people can get you out of a thousand problems with charm and kindness.” – Anouska Hempel

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

94. “Kindness is wisdom.” – Philip James Bailey

95. “There’s no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.” – Charles Kingsley

96. “What I’m looking for in people now is kindness.” – Robin Wright

97. “I think people are willing to talk about anything if you come to it with kindness.” – Jacqueline Woodson

98. “There are many reasons for kindness, and religion is just one of them.” – Frans de Waal

99. “My dad worked for Nestle for 26 years and ended up being the mayor of our hometown. One of the lessons I learned from him was to never mistake kindness for weakness.” – Brad D. Smith

100. “Since my boyhood, I have sought always to please, but out of a kindness in me, never out of fear or respect for what was in others.” – Ben Hecht