Be Kind Quotes From History’s Greatest Leaders

inspiring quotesThese ‘be kind’ quotes show us how to be compassionate and love unconditionally. Moreso, they’re collected wisdom from history’s greatest leaders, philosophers, and humanitarians. They teach us more than how to be kind, they show us how to live.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Philo


“We can each change the world, with genuine acts of kindness.” – Mongai Fankam


“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” – William Makepeace Thackeray


“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” – Jackie Chan


“When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they’ll remember and be kind to someone else. And it’ll become like a wildfire.” – Whoopi Goldberg


“Politeness is the flower of humanity.” – Joseph Joubert


“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama


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


“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank


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


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


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


“Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.” – Jasmine Guinness


“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


“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran


“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” – Confucius


“The wonderful thing is that it’s so incredibly easy to be kind.” – Ingrid Newkirk


“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” – Neil Gaiman


“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan


“Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.” – Pope Francis


“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” Thomas Carlyle


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


“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” – Blaise Pascal


“Extend yourself in kindness to other human beings wherever you can.” – Oprah Winfrey


“The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance, the second, transmission.” – George MacDonald


“Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him.” – Frank A. Clark


“To understand everything is to forgive everything.” – Osho


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


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop


“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” – Hada Bejar


‘Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth.” – C. A. Bartol


“An egoist lives in poverty. A kind person lives in abundance.” – Maxime Lagacé


“There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.” – Cicero


“A kind word is like a Spring day.” – Russian Proverb


“The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.” – Henry David Thoreau


“Kids want to appear tough and independent. Adults want to appear kind and perfect. The wise are just kind.” – Maxime Lagacé


“Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.” – Kiana Tom


“Kindness gives birth to kindness.” – Sophocles


“Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter.” – Sam Altman


“To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” – Confucius


“Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.” – Tommy Lee Jones


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


“Kindness eases everything almost as much as money does.” – Mason Cooley


“Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience.” – Evelyn Underhill


“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” – Saint Francis de Sales


“Concentrate on what you have to do. Fix your eyes on it. Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy.” – Marcus Aurelius


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


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


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


“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino


“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Kahlil Gibran


“Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” – Confucius


“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” – Jesse Jackson


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


“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – Harold S. Kushner


“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” – Buddha


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