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





The excessively kind-hearted person becomes a slave.


Burmese Proverb


A kind word warms for three winters.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Sometimes you must be cruel to be kind.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Kindness is the beginning and the end of the law.


Hebrew Proverb (Sayings of Hebrew origin)


Live in my heart and pay no rent.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Love is blind to blemishes and fault.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


One kind word can warm 3 winter months.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind.


Malayan Proverb (Sayings of Malayan origin)


With a sweet tongue and kindness, you can drag an elephant by a hair.


Persian Proverb (Sayings of Persian origin)


A kind word is like a spring day.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


The courteous learn their virtue from the discourteous.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


A friendly word is better than a heavy cake.


Ukrainian Proverb


Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love. Kindness is good will. Kindness says, I want you to be happy.


Randolph Ray


Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.


Theodore I. Rubin


We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.


Ben Sweetland


We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.


Ben Sweetland


A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head bowing in prayer.




Be true to your teeth and they won't be false to you.


Soupy Sales


And hearts have been broken from harsh words spoken That sorrow can ne'er set right.


Margaret Elizabeth Sangster


Kindness gives birth to kindness.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


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


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those that are sad.


Olive Schreiner


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


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Kindness is a hard thing to give away. It keeps coming back to the giver.


Ralpb Scott


I had rather never receive a kindness than never bestow one.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


We can say "Peace on Earth." We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be.


Betty Shaball


Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.


Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991, Polish-born American journalist,  writer)


Carve your names on hearts and not on marble.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


Charm is a cunning self-forgetfulness.


Christina Stead


Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.


Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772, Swedish mystic and scientist)


Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.


Neil C. Strait


He gives twice who gives promptly.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


It is kindness to refuse immediately what you intend to deny.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at our brother's shame; however you take it we men are a little breed.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them. [Luke 6.31]


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty give him water to drink.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 25:21


Charm is the measure of attraction's power To chain the fleeting fancy of the hour.


Louisa Thomas


We hate the kindness which we understand.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A spark of kindness starts a fire of love.


Author Unknown


Be the kind of person you would like to be with.


Author Unknown


By doing simple acts of kindness for others, we cannot help but lift ourselves up too.


Author Unknown


If someone were to pay you $.10 for every kind word you ever spoke and collect $.05 for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?


Author Unknown


If your words are soft and sweet, they won't be as hard to swallow if you have to eat them.


Author Unknown


Kindness and honesty can be expected only from the strong.


Author Unknown


Kindness has more power than compulsion.


Author Unknown


Kindness is something you have received and have to pass on in order to keep it.


Author Unknown


Kindness is the oil that takes friction out of life.


Author Unknown


Kindness may be achieved by all, rich and poor, learned and illiterate. Brilliance of mind and capacity for deep thinking have rendered great service to humanity, but by themselves they are impotent to dry a tear or mend a broken heart.


Author Unknown


Kindness out of season destroys authority.


Author Unknown


Kindness, a language deaf people can hear and blind see


Author Unknown


The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back.


Author Unknown


The kindness planned for tomorrow doesn't count for today.


Author Unknown


The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


Try to become the kind of person that people are anxious to see you as, and after you leave, they will have a lot of thinking to do.


Author Unknown


You will be happier if you will give people a bit of your heart rather than a piece of your mind.


Author Unknown


Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone's saying "I love you."


Judith Viorst (1935-, American poet, journalist)


Knowing sorrow well, I learn to succor the distressed.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Be kind, generous and loving in your thoughts, words and actions.


Ann Sykes Walter


If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.


Mary Webb (1881-1927, British novelist)


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 (1703-1791, British preacher, founder of Methodism)


The best way to hold a man is in your arms.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Keep the other person's well-being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on.


Betty White


The kindness of the American people is, so far as I know, something unique in the history of the world.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)


One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Caring must strengthen into commitment and commitment into action if we are to preserve and nurture one of the greatest forces for rebirth and renewal this nation has... voluntarism.


Marlene Wilson


The sense that someone else cares always helps because it is the sense of love.


George E. Woodberry (1855-1930, American literary critic)


The best portion of a good man's life is in his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


Little kindnesses... will broaden your heart, and slowly you will habituate yourself to helping your fellow man in many ways.


Zadikian Zadik


Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.


Zoroaster (BC 628-551, Persian religious leader, founder of Zoroastrianism)


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