Kindness Defined

Welcome to Kindness Defined, an assortment of phrases, quotes and prayers on the topic of kindness. Everyone, or most everyone, wants to be kind. But true kindness, that which rises from the heart and Spirit, moves slowly without fanfare or mention. When it is claimed, marketed or loud, it becomes something else. This collection strives to be real, unadorned and succinct.

Thank you for visiting. I hope that you find something that holds you, sustains you, and journeys you onward and outward as kindness defined and delivered, beyond and through you.

Kindness Defined

As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech.
-Katherine Francke

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Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
– Lao-tzu

Tis the human touch in this world that counts, the touch of your hand and mine, which means far more to the thinking heart than shelter and bread and wine; hand and the sound of the voice to sing on in the soul always.
– Spencer Michael Free

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
– Anne Frank

Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?
– Jack Kornfield

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

Kindness does wonderful things to a face.
– Dixie Doyle

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.
– Samuel Johnson

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 truth.
– Robert Brault

We All Need More Kindness in this World.
-Guy Davis

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love Kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
– Micah 6.8

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
if I can ease one life the aching,
or cool one pain,
or help one thinking robin
onto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
– Emily Dickinson

Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness;
And bearing one with another,
And forgiving one another,
And not laying accusations
One against another;
But praying one for another,
And helping one another
Up with a tender hand…
– Isaac Penington

Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with
A love like that.
It lights the whole sky.
-Hafiz of Persia

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
– Plato

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

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.
Confucius

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
-Mother Teresa

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will
never forget how you made them feel.
– Maya Angelou

There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.
– Arthur Dobrin

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people;
as I grow older, I admire kind people.
– Abraham Joshua Heschel

Whenever I injure any kind of life I must be quite certain that it is necessary.  I must never go beyond the unavoidable, even in apparently insignificant things.  The farmer who has mowed down a thousand flowers in his meadow in order to feed his cows must be careful on his way home not to strike the head off a single flower by the side of the road in idle amusement, for he thereby infringes on the law of life without being under the pressure of necessity.
Albert Schweitzer

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.
-1 Corinthians 13:4-8

How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?
– Bob Dylan

It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers.  The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them…. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.
– Thomas Merton

My religion is very simple.  My religion is kindness.
-Dalai Lama

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

I expect to pass through life but once.
If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do for any fellow being
let me do it now…as I shall not pass this way again.
– William Penn

You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
– Ruth Smeltzer

There’s no use in doing a kindness if you
do it a day too late.
– Charles Kingsley

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Compiled by K. Lee