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Quotes for
the Journey:


It is difficult to give away kindness.
It keeps coming back to you.

Cort Flint

Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents.  And then later on in our life, when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others.  And since at the beginning and end of our lives, we are so dependent on others' kindness, how can it be in the middle that we neglect kindness towards others?       -the Dalai Lama

When I interact with individuals around me in thoughtful, caring ways, my actions become an influence for good. I know that kindness shared multiplies and has a ripple effect as it radiates from one heart to another.       -unattributed

Kindness is not without its rocks ahead.  People are apt to put it down to an easy temper and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from.        -Honore De Balzac
Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.        -Albert Schweitzer

A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will never meet or see.  Something that we casually offer may move through a web of connection far beyond ourselves to have effects that we may have never imagined.  And so each of us may have left far more behind us than we may ever know.         -Rachel Naomi Remen

Let us be kinder to one another.       -Aldous Huxley’s last words

The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself.  Something deep in the human soul seems to depend on the presence of kindness; something instinctive in us expects it, and once we sense it we are able to trust and open ourselves.       -John O'Donohue

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.        -Theodore Isaac Rubin


So many gods, so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

My religion is very simple--my religion is kindness.        -the Dalai Lama
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.       -Lao-tzu
Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness.  Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness; know how to replace in your heart, by the happiness of those you love, the happiness that may be wanting to yourself.         -George Sand


Do we spread loving kindness?  There are many who say that this is our ultimate goal on this planet--to spread loving kindness to our fellow human beings.  And when we are able to accomplish this goal, we find that our lives are transformed in the process.  We're no longer so strongly focused on things and negative thoughts and feelings, but we've become truly happy, content human beings who love life and living.        -tom walsh


Kind words can be short and
easy to speak, but their
echoes are truly endless.

Mother Teresa

Shall we try to make a new rule of life
from tonight:  Always try to be a
little kinder than is necessary?

James M. Barrie

Neither genius, fame, nor love shows the greatness of the soul.  Only kindness can do that.        -Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.        -from the Qur'an

If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.        -Mary Webb
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How?  By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.  Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.        -Dale Carnegie
Be kind:  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.         -John Watson

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

I wonder why it is that we are not all
kinder to each other. . . . How much
the world needs it!  How easily it is done!

Henry Drummond

If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.        -A. Neilen

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Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
Till in Heaven the deed appears--
Pass it on.

Henry Burton
Without kindness there can be no true joy.       -Thomas Carlyle

If we knew the power of kindness, we should transform this world into a paradise.     -Charles Wagner
Many years ago, early in our relationship, my wife, Devers, said something that impressed me profoundly.  "You are very kind, generous, and caring--when you stop long enough in what you are doing for it to occur to you.  What you have never learned is the discipline of kindness.  This means kindness that is not a matter of mood or convenience.  It means kindness as a basic way of functioning.  It is in you as a potential, but it doesn't happen without consciousness and discipline."  "The discipline of kindness"--I have learned to love that phrase.  When I mention it in lectures, everyone seems instantly to know what it means--just as, I suspect, you do now.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
Utter only the words of which we won't be ashamed afterwards, which we won't regret saying.  It is easy to discourage, it is far too easy, all too easy to criticize, to complain, to rebuke.  Let us try instead to be more quick to see even a small amount of good in a person and concentrate on that.  Let us be more quick to praise than to find fault.  Let us be more quick to thank others than to complain--"thank you" and "please" are small words, but they are oh, so powerful.     -Desmond Tutu, Believe

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