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KINDNESS, n. [from kind, the adjective.]

1. Good will; benevolence; that temper or disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses; benignity of nature.
Kindness ever accompanies love.
There is no man whose kindness we may not sometime want, or by whose malice we may not sometime suffer.

~ Websters Dictionary, 1828


When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people;

as I grow older, I admire kind people.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Constant kindness can accomplish much.

As the sun makes ice melt,

kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust,

and hostility to evaporate.

Albert Schweitzer

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.

Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

Scott Adams

In this world, there is nothing softer or thinner than water. But to compel the hard and unyielding, it has no equal. That the weak overcomes the strong, that the hard gives way to the gentle — this everyone knows. Yet no one asks accordingly.

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

Lao Tsu

Three things in human life are important.

The first is to be kind.

The second is to be kind.

The third is to be kind.

Henry James

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.

So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and win.

While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another.

Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions,

and the roots spring up and make new trees.

The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.

Amelia Earhart

There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.

Arthur Dobrin


“It is only kindness that makes sense anymore.”

Naomi Shihab Nye

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