Kindness has been praised since the beginning of the history of man, and in all cultures and religions. Great men and women throughout history all over the world have praised kindness. Here is a collection of quotes on kindness to meditate on and to help us stay focused on kindness. 

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

“Anyone can cultivate compassion.” – Desmond Tutu

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that kindness and love are the “most curative herbs and agents in human intercourse”.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”

― Khalil Gibran 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Fred Rogers

“Kindness is like snow – it beautifies everything it covers.” -French proverb

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

― Mark Twain

The continual practice of kindness must become a habit. Like all habits, it can be learned and encouraged. – Dr. Ron Hill

“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

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

“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” ― Mother Teresa

“He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – St. Basil

“Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.” ― J.M. Barrie

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ― Steve Maraboli

“Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments.” -The Talmud

“One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.”   ― Jack Kerouac

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

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” ― William Makepeace Thackeray

“Be kind to people whether they deserve your kindness or not. If your kindness reaches the deserving good for you if your kindness reaches the undeserving take joy in your compassion.” ― James Fadiman

“It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime. We should all smile more often.” ― Steve Maraboli

“When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.”

― Fred Rogers

“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

“It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.” ― Aldous Huxley

All love begins with kindness, and kindness begins with acceptance of others. – Dr. Ron Hill

“It seems to me that no matter what religion you subscribe to, acts of kindness are the stepping-stones to making the world a better place–because we become better people in it.” ― Jodi Picoult

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

“The most important part of religion isn’t in any church. It’s down in your own heart. Religion is in your thoughts, and in the way you act from day to day, in the way you treat other people. It’s honesty, and unselfishness, and kindness. Especially kindness.” ― Maud Hart Lovelace

“The essence of love is kindness; and indeed it may best be defined as passionate kindness: kindness, so to speak, run mad and become importunate and violent.”- Robert Louis Stevenson

“Every act of kindness is like a pebble thrown in a pond sending out ripples far beyond where the pebble entered the water. When we’re caring and kind to our neighbors, our actions send rings of kindness that spread from neighbor to neighbor to neighbor.” – Angela Artemis

“If you want world peace, go home and love your family” – Mother Theresa

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Being kind to others doesn’t have to be complex or fancy. Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness are seen as the most sincere, such as holding the door, helping with directions, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ or even just a smile.” ― Steven Handel

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” ― Fred Rogers

“My earnest request is that you practice love and kindness whether you believe in a religion or not.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

We must rid ourselves of jealousy, of all forms of pettiness and quarrel. Such things undermine kindness. – Dr. Ron Hill

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

“Sometimes it’s easy to lose faith in people. And sometimes one act of kindness is all it takes to give you hope again.” ― Randa Abdel-Fattah

“Kindness gives birth to kindness.” – Sophocles

“Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

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

“Intellect is a gift, but kindness is a choice.” ― Carolyn Leighton

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” ― Oscar Wilde

“The heart is like a garden: it can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?” – Jack Kornfield

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

“Since we desire the true happiness that is brought about by a calm mind, and such peace of mind arises only from having a compassionate attitude, we need to make a concerted effort to develop compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.” ― Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Kindness can melt hardened hearts and bring families together again.” – Dr. Ron Hill

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” – Buddha

“Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty.” ~ Sylvia Rossetti

“Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.” – Blaise Pascal

“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

“Forget injuries; never forget kindness.” – Confucius

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“To share often and much…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A small amount of kindness can make a large amount of difference” ― J. Yates

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”

― Fred Rogers

“It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.” – Aristotle

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.” – Albert Einstein

“The very nature of kindness is to spread. If you are kind to others, today they will be kind to you, and tomorrow to somebody else.” – Sri Chinmoy

“What every human craves most is to be treated with dignity.” – Dr. Ron Hill

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” – Carl Jung

“Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty.” ~ Sylvia Rossetti

“The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.”

― Sarah Fielding

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The only people with whom you should try to get even with are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard

“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.” — The Dalai Lama

“God is not kind to those who are not kind to others.” – Arabian Proverb

“Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other’s achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.” ― Fred Rogers

“He who is devoid of kindness is devoid of grace.” -Arabian Proverb

“If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world, and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands, but a continent that joins them.” -Francis Bacon

“We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness about us at little expense. Some of them will fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others, and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring.” -Jeremy Bentham

“Of all the virtues necessary to the completion of the perfect man, there is none to be more delicately implied and less ostentatiously vaunted than that of exquisite feeling or universal benevolence.” -Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“I believe in courtesy, the ritual by which we avoid hurting other people’s feelings by satisfying our own egos.” -Kenneth Clark

“At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.”

― Fred Rogers

“What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” -George Eliot

“In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.” -Henry Clay

“Some people are so focused on the darkness all around, that they fail to see the many beacons of good. Make a habit of looking for the beacons of good all around you.” – Dr. Ron Hill

“Courtesy gives its owner a passport round the world. It transmutes aliens into trusting friends.” -James Thomas Fields

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

― Fred Rogers

“All doors are open to courtesy.” -Thomas Fuller

“He who acknowledges a kindness has it still, and he who has a grateful sense of it has requited it.” -Cicero

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard

“Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“What one thing does the world need most today-apart, that is, from the all-inclusive thing we call righteousness? Aren’t you inclined to agree that what this old world needs is just the art of being kind? Every time I visit a factory or any other large business concern, I find myself trying to diagnose whether the atmosphere is one of kindliness or the reverse. And somehow, if there is palpably lacking that spirit of kindness, the owners … have fallen short of achieving 24-carat success no matter how imposing the financial balance sheet may be.” -B.C. Forbes

“One difference between savagery and civilization is a little courtesy. There’s no telling what a lot of courtesy would do.” -Cullen Hightower

“One kind word can warm three winter months.” -Japanese Proverb

“The utmost form of kindness is to give completely of your presence … with your family and others.” – Dr. Ron Hill

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

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” ― Fred Rogers

“There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.” Mary Lou Kownacki

Personal kindness: “The gifts we treasure most over the years are often small and simple. In easy times and in tough times, what seems to matter most is the way we show those nearest us that we’ve been listening to their needs, to their joys, and to their challenges. Mr. Rogers

“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” – Dalai Lama

“Anyone who has ever been able to sustain good work has had at least one person – and often many- who have believed in him or her. We just don’t get to be competent human being without a lot of different investments in others.” Mr. Rogers

“In all things before we speak or act we must ask: Is it kind?” Dr. Ron Hill

“Men are only as great as they are kind.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. There have been so many stories about the lack of courtesy, the impatience of today’s world, road rage and even restaurant rage. Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word to nourish another person. Think of the ripple effect that can be created when we nourish someone. One kind empathetic word has a wonderful way of turning into many.”- Mr. Rogers

“All human being wish for happiness. All people wish to overcome suffering. You can play a role in making someone’s deepest wishes come true just by practicing kindness and compassion.” – Dr. Ron Hill

“We can always aspire to be more compassionate and more generous, not out of some dogged need to be good or to be lovable, but because to give love is our greatest joy.” – Tutu

“You know, some things don’t matter that much…Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person’s heart – now, that matters.” ― Sue Monk Kidd

‘Animals don’t hate, and we’re supposed to be better than them.’ – Elvis Presley

“Love, mercy, & forgiveness should stand at the center of our lives” – MLK

“We preach brotherhood on Sunday but we don’t practice it.” – Malcolm X

John 13:34 (quoting Jesus) – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”