kindness to others is one of the nicest things we can do for
ourselves. -Janette Oke
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
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.
Too often, people make
the mistake of believing that if they only had
or more sex or a different partner or a better-looking
they would feel the sense of "wholeness"
they have always craved. Virtually without
exception, this is not the case. What is actually
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.
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
nothing so kingly as kindness,
And nothing so royal as truth. -Alice Cary
Kindness has converted
more people than zeal, science, or eloquence.
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
yet they bring such dividends to the investor.
All the kindness which
a person puts out into the world
works on the heart and
thoughts of humankind. -Albert
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.
you receive a kindness, remember it;
when you do a
kindness, forget it. -Greek proverb
great brilliance and intellect are to be admired,
they cannot dry one tear or mend a broken spirit. Only kindness can accomplish this.
scattering seeds of kindness, do it by hand and not by machine.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
They whose minds are filled with kindness
will never enter a world dark with woe.
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.