An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





In scattering seeds of kindness, do it by hand and not by machine.


George Ade (1866-1944, American humorist, playwright)


There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Kindness affects more than severity.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


The flower of kindness will grow. Maybe not now, but it will some day. And in kind that kindness will flow, For kindness grows in this way.


Robert Alan


The good deed you do today For a brother or sister in need Will come back to you some day For humanity's a circle in deed.


Robert Alan


Perhaps the world little notes nor long remembers individual acts of kindness -- but people do.


Herm Albright


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 (American expert on relationship & love, author)


A sweet word multiplieth friends, and appeaseth enemies, and a gracious tongue in a good man aboundeth.


Apocrypha (A collection of fourteen books written after the last book of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and before the first book of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).)


We can do noble acts without ruling earth and sea.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Kindness is wisdom.


Philip James Bailey (1816-1902, British poet)


Always be a little kinder than necessary.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.


William John Bennett (1943-, American federal official)


There is no tally sheet in the exchange of small kindnesses; but there is shared memory and, from each person, the assurances of good things to come.


Lady Borton


Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind that I am of what is true.


Robert Brault


So often the truth is told with hate, and lies are told with love.


Rita Mae Brown (1944-, American writer)


'Twas her thinking of others made you think of her.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


Cultivate loving-kindness.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


In five ways should a clansman minister to his friends and familiars -- by generosity, courtesy, and benevolence, by treating them as he treats himself, and by being as good as his word.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


The heart and benevolent and kind the most resembles God.


Robert Burns (1759-1796, Scottish poet)


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, Till in Heaven the deed appears, Pass it on.


Henry Burton


Without kindness, there can be no true joy.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


There is nothing so kingly as kindness.


Alice Cary


Fair and softly goes far.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


I think women need kindness more than love. When one human being is kind to another, it's a very deep matter.


Alice Childress


Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave -- and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.


Alice Childress


Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it's being done to him or by him.


Frank A. Clark


To feel sorry for the needy is not the mark of a Christian -- to help them is.


Frank A. Clark


Oh worse than everything, is kindness counterfeiting absent love.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


Is there any one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely the maxim of loving kindness is such: Do not unto others what you would not they should do unto you.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


To speak well of a vulgar man is much the same as speaking ill of a good man.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


Caring is a reflex. Someone slips, your arm goes out. A car is in the ditch, you join the others and push. You live, you help.


Ram Dass (1931-, American spiritual author, lecturer)


Where our bread is concerned, it is a material matter. Where our neighbor's bread is concerned, it is a spiritual matter.


I.D. Douglas


I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder to each other.... How much the world needs it! How easily it is done!


Henry Drummond (1786-1860, British banker, politician, religious leader)


Large was his wealth, but larger was his heart.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Although I may not be a lioness, I am a lion's cub, and inherit many of his qualities; and as long as the King of France treats me gently he will find me as gentle and tractable as he can desire; but if he be rough, I shall take the trouble to be just as troublesome and offensive to him as I can.


Elizabeth I (1533-1603, Queen of England and Ireland (1558--1603))


He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than He thatm you yourself have obliged.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.


Frederick W. Faber (1814-1863, British priest, hymn writer)


I'm a competitive person, but I have never understood people's competitiveness at the expense of their colleagues.


Geraldine Ferraro


It is difficult to give away kindness. It keeps coming back to you.


Cort Flint


If you were busy being kind, Before you knew it, you would find You'd soon forget to think 'twas true That someone was unkind to you. If you were busy being glad, And cheering people who are sad, Although your heart might ache a bit, You'd soon forget to notice it.


R. Foreman


As perfume is to the flower, so is kindness to speech.


Katherine Francke


Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


You know, we're all going in the same direction, or at least trying to. So we need to live together, get along together, and give each other enough space to be comfortable on that road.


Lillian Gideon


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 (1949-, American actress, comedian)


Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.


Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875, British historian, novelist, essayist)


Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe.


Gordon B. Hinckley


Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


We are made kind by being kind.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Kindness is the evidence of greatness. If anyone is glad that you are here, then you have not lived in vain.


Charles Fenno Hoffman


Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Kindness is loving people more than they deserve.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Be nice and smile to everyone you meet. You don't know what they are going through, and they may need that smile, and treasure it.


Christine Huppert


To be told we are loved is not enough. We must feel loved.


Lauren Hutton


Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


Now and then one sees a face which has kept its smile pure and undefiled. Such a smile transfigures; such a smile, if the artful but know it, is the greatest weapon a face can have.


Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885, American writer)


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 (1843-1916, American author)


He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


To act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite human beings, Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.


Carolyn Kenmore


I'm convinced that it's energy and humor. The two of them combined equal charm.


Judith Krantz


We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough.


Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


When you carry out acts of kindness you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.


Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


Kindness is for all times in all situations -- not just when it suits you.


Audray Landrum


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


We must give alms. Charity wins souls and draws them to virtue.


Angela Merici


Loving-kindness is the better part of goodness.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Etiquette -- a fancy word for simple kindness.


Elsa Maxwell


As a torch is not diminished though it kindles a million candles, so will he not lose when he gives to a good cause.


Midrash (Jewish biblical commentary)


Good manners are the techniques of expressing consideration for the feelings of others.


Alice Deur Miller


Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


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.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later.


Alice Munro


Time's passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystallize at any given moment at will: a thousand days are melted into one conversation, one glance, one hurt, and one hurt can be shattered and sprinkled over a thousand.


Gloria Naylor


If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself.


A. Neilen


Violence is a symptom of impotence.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Kindness begets kindness.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Welcome is the best cheer.


Greek Proverb (Sayings of Greek  origin)


Your luck is how you treat people.


Bridget O'Donnell


There are worse words than cuss words; there are words that hurt.


Tillie Olsen


Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


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


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.


Philo (2nd century, Byzantine scientist)


The will to be totally rational is the will to be made out of glass and steel: and to use others as if they were glass and steel.


Marge Piercy


A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string.


George D. Prentice (American editor)


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 (1961-1997, British Princess)


The kindness and affection from the public have carried me through some of the most difficult periods, and always your love and affection have eased the journey.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


A gentle word opens an iron gate.


Bulgarian Proverb


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