Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Famous Quotes on Kindness and Well-Being

Motivational Quotes on Kindness

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Be kind

Kindness is a simple choice that profoundly affects the quality of people's well-being. Our society celebrates random acts of kindness. But being kind is a consistent character trait you can develop and practice in every interaction with another human being. Here are some famous quotes on kindness and well-being:

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

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” - Mother Teresa

“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

“The greatest impact we have on our family, our friends, and our world is our kindness and love.” - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” - Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” - Barbara de Angelis

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” - Lady Gaga

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” - William Arthur Ward

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

“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

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” - George Sand

“One of the toughest things for leaders to master is kindness. Kindness shares credit and offers enthusiastic praise for others’ work. It's a balancing act between being genuinely kind and not looking weak.” - Travis Bradberry

“Treat everyone with politeness and kindness, not because they are nice, but because you are.” - Roy T. Bennett

“As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.” - Caroline Kennedy

“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

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

“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.” - Paramahansa Yogananda

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” - Scott Adams

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” - Albert Schweitzer

“There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity.” - Nathaniel Branden

“The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” - Andrew Iskander

“You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” - Publilius Syrus

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” - William Penn

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.” - James M. Barrie

“Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times.” - John Gerzema

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” - Theodore Isaac Rubin

“There are no small acts of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.” - Mary Anne Radmacher

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” - Amelia Earhart

“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!” - George Elliston

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” - John Ruskin

“One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” - Sophocles

“He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.” - Benjamin Franklin

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” - Saint Basil

“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” - Ellen DeGeneres

“We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.” - Paul Bloom

“A life of kindness is the primary meaning of divine worship.” - Emanuel Swedenborg

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

“When you treat yourself with the kindness and high regard that you would give to one of your spiritual heroes, your body becomes the epicenter of quiet joy rather than a battlefield for the ego.” - Debbie Ford

“You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love and all those things that you can't put a dollar sign on.” - Dolly Parton

“It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.” Josh Radnor

“Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

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

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