30 Short Quotes To Teach Us Kindness

Here’s a list of 30 Short Quotes To Teach Us Kindness, sorted by categories, with additional details including the year, profession, and lifespan of the person:

From Entertainment and Actors:

  1. “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.” – Tommy Lee Jones, Actor (September 15, 1946 – Present)
  2. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Philosopher, Statesman (4 BC – AD 65)
  3. “A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” – John Ruskin, Art Critic and Social Thinker (February 8, 1819 – January 20, 1900)
  4. “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Narrator in the movie Amélie (2001)
  5. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” – Aibileen Clark (Fictional Character) The Help (2011)
  6. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop (Fictional Character) Aesop’s Fables

Literature and Authors:

  1. “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, Author (April 15, 1843 – February 28, 1916)
  2. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde, Author (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900)
  3. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain, author (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
  4. “Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.” – Robert Green Ingersoll, Lawyer and Orator (August 11, 1833 – July 21, 1899)
  5. “Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” – Samuel Johnson, Writer and Lexicographer (September 8, 1709 – December 13, 1784)
  6. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essayist and Philosopher (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)

From Scientists and Philosophers:

  1. “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader (September 15, 1954 – December 17, 1964)
  2. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward, Writer (December 17, 1921 – March 30, 1994)
  3. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi, Leader and Social Activist (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948)
  4. “To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.” – Liz Armbruster, Philosopher (N/A)
  5. “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, Spiritual Leader (September 15, 1954 – December 17, 1964)
  6. “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer, Theologian and Philosopher (January 14, 1875 – September 4, 1965)

From Historical Figures and Religious Figures:

  1. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank, Diarist (June 12, 1929 – February or March 1945)
  2. “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, 32nd President of the United States (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945)
  3. “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, Royalty and Humanitarian (July 1, 1961 – August 31, 1997)
  4. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa, Nun and Missionary (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997)
  5. “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, Theologian and Preacher (June 17, 1703 – March 2, 1791)
  6. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama, Spiritual Leader (September 15, 1954 – December 17, 1964)
  7. “Kindness is the greatest wisdom.” – Timeless
  8. “Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.” – Muhammad, Propher and Religious Leader (570 – 632 CE)
  9. “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” – Sophocles, Tragic Playwright (496 – 406 B.C.E)
  10. “Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world, no matter what you look like.” – Anonymous

From Politicians:

  1. “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now.” – Stephen Grellet, Quacker Missionary (October 28, 1772 – November 16, 1855)
  2. “A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” – Joseph Joubert, Essayist and Philosopher (May 6, 1754 – May 3, 1824)

From Historical Figures and Religious Figures:

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