154+ Best Kindness Quotes That Have Changed My Life

These inspirational kindness quotes will change how you see the world and will really get you thinking in a way you may not have thought about before.

What are the benefits of reading some powerful kindness quotes? As we go through each day, there are many ups and downs. We all need a little wisdom to remember what really matters and possibly change our perspectives.

Meaningful kindness quotes have made an insightful positive impact in my life and I’m sure they will make a difference in yours as well. These wise quotes about kindness will open up your mind to see situations in your life with more clarity and understanding.

Powerful Kindness Quotes

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. Kahlil Gibran

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Stephen Grellet

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. Hada Bejar

My religious philosophy is kindness. Try to be kind. That’s something worth achieving. Pierce Brosnan

No one is born hating another person…People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela

Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth. C. A. Bartol

Every minute of every hour of every day, you are making the world  just as you are making yourself  and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style. Rebecca Solnit

An egoist lives in poverty. A kind person lives in abundance. Maxime Lagacé

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. Og Mandino

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Simple kindness may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace, and care properly for this planet we all share. Bo Lozoff

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness and generosity. Nathaniel Branden

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much. Blaise Pascal

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn

I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them. Brigitte Bardot

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting. Marlene Dietrich

First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be. We should watch our own gossiping and anger. We should model the kindness we want to see. Brené Brown

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up. Jesse Jackson

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion. Dalai Lama

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Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. Paramahansa Yogananda

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain

Many men fail because they do not see the importance of being kind and courteous to the men under them. Kindness to everybody always pays for itself. And, besides, it is a pleasure to be kind. Charles M. Schwab

We rise by lifting others. Robert Ingersoll

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver. Barbara De Angelis

One can’t be kind to one person and cruel to another. Morarji Desai

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius

Inspiring Kindness Quotes

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. Thomas Carlyle

A kindness received should be returned with a freer hand. Saint Ambrose

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina of softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. Franklin D. Roosevelt

There’s no such things as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. Scott Adams

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world. Annie Lennox

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

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek the first the Kingdom of God  the rest will be given. Mother Teresa

Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. Robert Brault

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. Og Mandino

We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community. Paul Bloom

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

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And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things. Martin Scorsese

Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter. Sam Altman

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I always say that kindness is the greatest beauty that you can have. Andie MacDowell

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

There is a rollicking kindness that looks like malice. Friedrich Nietzsche

Kids want to appear tough and independent. Adults want to appear kind and perfect. The wise are just kind. Maxime Lagacé

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged. Benjamin Franklin

It is still breathtaking to me to watch people bring love, preciousness, and kindness to their inner world, allowing the light of God to shine through their eyes so that the beauty of their soul can come forth. Debbie Ford

A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms. Og Mandino

Never be so kind, you forget to be clever. Never be so clever, you forget to be kind. Taylor Swift

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. Khalil Gibran

Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him. Frank A. Clark

You can tell by the kindness of a dog how a human should be. Captain Beefheart

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. Buddha

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

The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission. George MacDonald

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. Mencius

Deep Kindness Quotes

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. William Shakespeare

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

True popularity comes from acts of kindness rather than acts of stupidity. Bo Bennett

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil

Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right. Haruki Murakami

Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does. Mason Cooley

You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force. Publilius Syrus

You don’t teach morals and ethics and empathy and kindness in the schools. You teach them at home, and children learn by example. Judy Sheindlin

People of power have to show empathy and kindness to the young. Edward Enninful

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused. Tommy Lee Jones

If you have the chance to be exposed to a loving, understanding environment where the seed of compassion, loving kindness, can be watered every day, then you become a more loving person. Thich Nhat Hanh

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No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank

Our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I’ll be right there with you as a citizen-inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far. Barack Obama

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Saint Francis de Sales

Sometimes kindness is wiser than the truth. Birds of America

Well, I think when we can turn to the person sitting next to us and really see them with kindness and see ourselves reflected back  when there’s some dignity and compassion traveling back and forth. Sharon Stone

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. Seneca

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows. Audrey Hepburn

There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness. Cicero

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. Yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. Khalil Gibran

The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry. Billy Graham

One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us. Joe Rogan

As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency. Caroline Kennedy

It’s also selfish because it makes you feel good when you help others. I’ve been helped by acts of kindness from strangers. That’s why we’re here, after all, to help others. Carol Burnett

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran

Not always actions show the man; we find who does a kindness is not therefore kind. Alexander Pope

Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don’t just be nice, but be kind to other people. That can be so rewarding. Mary Lambert

If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up. Booker T. Washington

I’m a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small. Liam Neeson

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. Bill Gates

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth

Short Quotes About Kindness

How would your life be different if… You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey. Steve Maraboli

Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. Samuel Johnson

When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And it’ll become like a wildfire. Whoopi Goldberg

Be kind to people on the way up – you’ll meet them again on your way down. Jimmy Durante

The best you can do is do each day well with kindness as a good person. Mayim Bialik

The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard. Henry David Thoreau

We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. Ellen DeGeneres

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One of the magical things about kindness is that it’s what we nerds call a ‘happiness aggregator.’ People confuse kindness with being nice. And they’re very different. You can be nice and be passive. But kindness requires action. Daniel Lubetzky

Simplify, slow down, be kind. And don’t forget to have art in your life – music, paintings, theater, dance, and sunsets. Eric Carle

Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered. Dr. Seuss

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. William Shakespeare

Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness. Aesop

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Desmond Tutu

Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs. Coco Chanel

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. William Arthur Ward

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. Thomas Carlyle

Extend yourself in kindness to other human beings wherever you can. Oprah Winfrey

The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth. Albert Einstein

It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even  or rather, especially  when we’d prefer not to be. Josh Radnor

It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. Eric Hoffer

Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’ Zig Ziglar

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. Sophocles

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. Vincent Van Gogh

Saints were saints because they acted with loving kindness whether they felt like it or not. Dan Millman

Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. R.J. Palacio

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love. Washington Irving

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi

True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others. Alek Wek

For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi

The man who practices unselfishness, who is genuinely interested in the welfare of others, who feels it a privilege to have the power to do a fellow-creature a kindness  even though polished manners and a gracious presence may be absent  will be an elevating influence wherever he goes. Orison Swett Marden

Positive Kindness Quotes

Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions. Kiana Tom

In the face of unspeakable evil, our whole nation must respond with countless acts of kindness, warmth, and generosity. Steve Scalise

Be as successful as you want, but if you’re unkind, you’re not. Maxime Lagacé

Kindness pardons others’ weaknesses and faults. Ezra Taft Benson

Kindness is showing someone they matter. Unknown

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. Charles Kuralt

When I pontificate, it sounds so, you know, Oh, well, she’s preaching. I’m not preaching, but I think maybe I learned it from my animal friends. Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself. I think that keeps you feeling young. I really do. Betty White

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance. Pablo Casals

If you have an impulse to kindness, act on it. Douglas Coupland

Always be a little kinder than necessary. James M. Barrie

I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way. Lady Gaga

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The most beautiful family is based respect. The most beautiful relationship is based on love. The most beautiful world in based on kindness. Maxime Lagacé

I don’t believe revenge is part of my agenda. I’m a firm believer that, just like hate spreads hate, love and kindness spread love and kindness. Whitney Wolfe Herd

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string. George Dennison Prentice

Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable. Alexander the Great

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. Harold Kushner

I have always depended on the kindness of stranger. Tennessee Williams

Kindness in ourselves is the honey that blunts the sting of unkindness in another. Walter Savage Landor

Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home. Kin Hubbard

Nothing is black or white, nothing’s ‘us or them.’ But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope. Dave Matthews

Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does. Roy T. Bennett

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of the toughest things for leaders to master is kindness. Kindness shares credit and offers enthusiastic praise for others’ work. It’s a balancing act between being genuinely kind and not looking weak. Travis Bradberry

All I’m saying is, kindness doesn’t have any boundaries. Kathryn Stockett

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. John Wesley

Never be so busy as not to think of others. Mother Teresa

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