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Kindness is a spiritual choice.

Bernie Siegel


Showing kindness to others is one of the nicest things we can do for ourselves.     -Janette Oke

My dad did his best to discourage unkind words.  The only phone in our house--and we had 11 children--sat right smack on his desk in the dining room.  Every time he'd overhear me putting down someone more popular than I was (which could mean anyone at high school), he'd scold, "That's not very nice," loud enough for the person on the other end of the line to hear.  Or worse, he'd say, "Would you say that about her if she was standing here?"     -Regina Brett, Be the Miracle
When seeds of kindness are sown prayerfully in the garden plot of our lives, we may be sure that there will be a bountiful harvest of blessings for both us and others.     -W. Phillip Keller
Too often, people make the mistake of believing that if they only had more money or more sex or a different partner or a better-looking body, they would feel the sense of "wholeness" they have always craved.  Virtually without exception, this is not the case.  What is actually lacking is the dimension of giving and kindness as a means of nourishing the soul.  To add this dimension to your life is to nourish your soul.        -Harold Kushner
Kindness means doing a lot of little things kindly and always, not just a big thing now and then.     -Neville Hobson

Kindness is wisdom.     -Phillip J. Bailey
There is nothing so kingly as kindness,
And nothing so royal as truth.     -Alice Cary
Kindness has converted more people than zeal, science, or eloquence.        -Mother Teresa
Kind words produce their own beautiful image in one's soul.  Everyone knows the pleasure of receiving a kind look, a warm greeting, a hand held out in time of need.  And such gestures can be made at so little expense, yet they bring such dividends to the investor.       -The War Cry
All the kindness which a person puts out into the world works on the heart and thoughts of humankind.       -Albert Schweitzer
Kindness may be achieved by all, rich and poor, learned and illiterate.  Brilliance of mind and capacity for deep thinking have rendered great service to humanity, but by themselves they are impotent to dry a tear or mend a broken heart.        -unknown
When you receive a kindness, remember it; when you do a kindness, forget it.         -Greek proverb
While great brilliance and intellect are to be admired, they cannot dry one tear or mend a broken spirit.  Only kindness can accomplish this.       -John M. Drescher

In scattering seeds of kindness, do it by hand and not by machine.       - George Ade
Perform a kind action, and you find a kind feeling growing in yourself, even if it was not there before.  As you increase the number of your kind and charitable interests, you find that the more you do for them, the more you love them.  Serve others, not because they are your friends, not because they are interesting, not because they are grateful. . . . Serve them because they are the children of your Father, and therefore are all your brethren, and you will soon find that the fervent heart keeps time with the charitable hands.         -W.B.O. Peabody
Kindheartedness is what we treasure most in family, friends, classmates, colleagues, adversaries, and strangers.  A kind heart, a loving heart, a soft heart would rather do anything than hurt another's feelings. . . . A person who is kind is gentle, considerate, and inclined to benevolent actions.  A kindhearted person is also nice.         -Michael Goddart
Kind words are the music of the world.  They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as if they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come on earth.  It seems as if they could almost do what in reality God alone can do—soften the hard and angry hearts of people.  No one was ever corrected by a sarcasm—crushed, perhaps, if the sarcasm was clever enough, but drawn nearer to God, never.        -Frederick William Faber
We restore the holiness of the world through our loving-kindness and compassion.  Everyone participates.  It is a collective task.  Every act of loving-kindness, no matter how great or small, repairs the world.  All those ever born have shared this collective work since the beginning of time.        -Rachel Naomi Remen
Our lives are also fed by kind words and gracious behavior.  We are nourished by expressions like “excuse me,” and other such simple courtesies.  Our spirits are also richly fed on compliments and praise, nourished by consideration as well as whole wheat bread.  Rudeness, the absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but another mark that our time-is-money society is lacking in spirituality, if not also in its enjoyment of life.         -Ed Hays
Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.        -Napoleon Hill
They whose minds are filled with kindness will never enter a world dark with woe.        -Tiruvalluvar
What if we--just you and me--made a commitment to mindfully integrate kindness into each and every day of our lives?  We would start a kindness revolution.  Let's do it.  Let's become the proverbial pebbles in the pond and send out ripples of kindness into the world each day.  Those whose hearts are touched by our kindness will, hopefully, be encouraged to pass it on, and a revolution of much-needed kindness will have begun.          -Sue Patton Thoele


A part of kindness consists in loving
people more than they deserve.

Joseph Joubert

To cultivate kindness is a valuable
part of the business of life.

Samuel Johnson

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!        -George Elliston
The older you get the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness.     -Lionel Barrymore

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