Opportunities for Kindness
Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.
—Sydney Smith (1771–1845)
The sun makes ice melt; kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
—Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965)
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
—Laozi (sixth century BC)
Kindness is worth more than beauty.
—Jean d’Arras (fifteenth century)
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
—Sophocles (496–406 BC)
The best portion of a good man’s life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
—William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
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 (1897–1937)
Help thy brother’s boat across, and lo! Thine own has reached the shore.
I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.
—Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
—Sir Arthur Helps (1813–1875)
Be kind. Remember that everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
—Harry Thompson (1960–2005)
Wherever there is a human being there is a chance for kindness.
—Seneca (4 BC–AD 65)
We cannot be just unless we are kindhearted.
—Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues (1715–1747)
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
—William James (1842–1910)
Kind words do not cost much … yet they accomplish much.
—Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
A good deed is never lost.—He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love.
—Basil of Caesarea (c. 329–379)
Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as though they were some angel’s sons which had lost their way and come to earth.
—Frederick Faber (1814–1863)
Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.
—Johann von Goethe (1749–1832)
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