“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Aesop (620 ~ 560 BC)
“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.”
“So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind... while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"We must learn to live in harmony with one another and transform this world through virtue, charity and kindness ..."
- Menachem Mendel Schneerson ("Toward a Meaningful Life" by Simon Jacobson)
"Kindness to those around you is very important, but perhaps more important is kindness to yourself, the most difficult form of kindness to practice. Your own kindness will fortify your spirit, enhance your life, and lead you toward happiness. You can never be too kind..."
Alistair McAlpine and Kate Dixey ("Triumph from Failure")
"The wonderful thing about kindness is it is a universal language. The native tongue of those we help doesn’t matter. Kindness is a language understood by all, even if those we help cannot hear us or see us."
One thing I have definitely learned in life is that when we are kind to others we are appreciated more and people -most of the time- respond with kindness in return. It makes us feel good to be nice to others and people truly appreciate it when we show honest concern for them. Kindness spreads the seeds of love.
I've also learned that people are more willing to help us and go out of their way to do a favor for us, when we treat them with kindness. I experience this at work every day. If you get nasty with people on the phone or in your regular dealings with them, they will not want to help you. More results are accomplished with kindness. Even if others have made mistakes; if we approach them with a kind and understanding attitude, and with lots of respect -like, it's O.K. we all make mistakes, it's not a big deal- we'll get a more positive response. You can experiment with your friends, parents, teachers and even strangers and see how a kind attitude makes a big difference in people's reactions. We are all very sensitive to moods and I'm sure you have experienced being with people that make you angry right away, even without saying a word. We can feel their anger and misery. Even with people like that, if you respond in a kind way, they sometimes will wake up and change their attitude.
The most important thing is: you will feel better about yourself - when you are kind to others.
Respect and kindness go hand in hand. When you are kind, your are showing respect. When you show respect, people appreciate you more and are willing to help you more and show respect back. We have to learn to respect ourselves and respect others; respect is essential if we want to get along with others and develop long lasting friendships and relationships. We have to learn to become compassionate persons with genuine concern and respect for others.
"My religion is simple things, like love for my family. Hopefully the world can be changed through acts of kindness, acts of affection and love - the idea of doing normal everyday things that actually have an effect down the line. Be kind."
"Let's strive to mold our life and character; only then will we be able to achieve happiness and peace for ourselves and for all our relations and fellow beings."
- Swami Budhananda
"I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness."
"Be the kind of person you would like to be with."
"Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most."
"Kindness and honesty can be expected only from the strong."
"You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force."
- Publilius Syrus
"My religion is simple, my religion is kindness."
- Dalai Lama
"Kindness is wisdom ..."
- Philip James Bailey
"There is kindness in every human being..."
- Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek
"Kindness gives you not only strength, but also inner beauty..."
Alistair McAlpine and Kate Dixe
"Kindness has four working parts: dignity, respect, compassion, and humility. If you have all of these things for yourself, then you will be able to share them with others. If we reach out with dignity, respect, compassion, and humility, we are likely to feel it being returned."
"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