There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity. ~ConfuciusCUL
Even when you do not feel big hearted, you can give yourself permission to act that way. ~Lama Willa Millertwitter.com/lamawilla/status/8453901729
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Kind people are the best kind of people. ~Author Unknown2009 as seen on a sewn craft box at thrift store
Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. ~Author Unknown
The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. ~Author Unknown
The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~William Wordsworth
The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor’s shoulder is to pat him on the back. ~Author Unknown
[E]very day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. ~Maya Angelou
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver
What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind. ~Cleveland Amory
If we cannot be clever, we can always be kind. ~Alfred FrippDCMOO
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. ~Epictetus
Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. ~Marian Wright Edelman
A kind word is like a Spring day. ~Russian Proverb
Always be a little kinder than necessary. ~James M. Barrie
If every man’s internal care
Were written on his brow,
How many would our pity share
Who raise our envy now?
To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error. ~Liz Armbruster, on www.robertbrault.comTPV
In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. ~Karl Reiland
In order to be remembered, leave nothing behind but goodness. ~Yogi® Teatpv
Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~Charles H. Spurgeon
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. ~Henry Boye
During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. ~Joann C. Jones
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. ~William Penn
Don’t be yourself – be someone a little nicer. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN,TPV
Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~Author UnknownFELI
If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape? No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable, for it gains gratitude for us, and love. ~Mark Twain, The Autobiography of Mark Twain, vol. 1; CTO
The first and highest law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est – this is the supreme practical maxim, this is the turning point of the world’s History. ~Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianitysh
Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can. ~Andrew Iskander2011mail
It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens. ~Baha’u’llah
Let the rays of your heart shine on all who pass by. ~Terri Guillemets
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. ~Chinese Proverb
Life is short but there is always time for courtesy. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Social AimsSJ
In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more. ~Author Unknown
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson
If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope
Treat everyone you meet as if they are God in drag. ~Ram Dass
A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. ~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"
When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering I feel that I am a little cruel. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. ~Booker T. Washington
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim. ~William Feather
As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!" The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: "So sorry, plenty of room in my heart – but the bus is full." He left behind a row of smiling faces. It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it. ~The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977TPV
Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
‘Twas not given for thee alone,
Pass it on;
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another’s tears,
‘Til in Heaven the deed appears –
Pass it on.
~Henry Burton, Pass It OnMCTO
How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!