Quotes About Kindness

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Doing good things for others can help you feel less anxious in social situations.. Getty / Anton Jankovoy

Everyone has the ability to make the world a better place and it takes no large feat to do so.

The smallest act of kindness can go a long way in improving the lives of others and the community as a whole.

One of the most powerful gifts you have is the power to make an impact on someone’s day, leaving a lasting impression that can affect the way they treat others.

What's more, doing good things for others can help to reduce social anxiety, according to a study at Simon Fraser University.

Below are quotes from those who understood the power of those small acts of kindness. Their words are impactful and show the simplicity of such amazing power.

  • “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
  • “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough people get what they want in life.” -Zig Ziglar
  • “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” -Charlie Chaplin
  • “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” –Kahlil Gibran
  • “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain
  • “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
  • “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
  • “How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” –Anne Frank
  • “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” -Amelia Earhart
  • “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
  • “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop
  • “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” –Sir Winston Churchill
  • “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ―Desmond Tutu
  • “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “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
  • “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” -Maya Angelou
  • “Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” -Dennis Prager
  • “I've been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That's why we're here, after all, to help others.” -Carol Burnett
  • “Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” –William Makepeace Thackeray
  • “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
  • “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


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