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The world can always use more kindness. If you need more compassion in your life or want to spread it to those around you, read through and share these kindness quotes. Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou, Princess Diana, and many more said it best in these be kind quotes. If these kindness quotes aren’t enough for you, also look through these inspirational quotes to wake you up, these funny quotes to get you laughing, and these happiness quotes to boost your spirits.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson. Kindness quotes like this one from Emerson are a good reminder for everyone. These moving photos show the power of kindness.

 “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” —The 14th Dalai Lama.rd.com

The 14th Dalai Lama

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” —The 14th Dalai Lama. Here are some random acts of kindness that can change someone’s life right now.

 “A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” —Joseph Joubertrd.com

Joseph Joubert


“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” —Joseph Joubert. This 1954 essay on humanity is more relevant today than ever before.

 “Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.” —Cheryl Strayed.rd.com

Cheryl Strayed


“Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.” —Cheryl Strayed. These dream big quotes will motivate you right now.

 “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 Dianard.com

Princess Diana


“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. Don’t miss these quotes that inspire gratitude.

 “Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” —Scott Adams. rd.com

Scott Adams


“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” —Scott Adams. Here are some life-changing quotes that you won’t forget.

 “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage, or bravery, or generosity, or anything else… Kindness—that simple word. To be kind—it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.” —Roahl Dahlrd.com

Roald Dahl


“I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage, or bravery, or generosity, or anything else… Kindness—that simple word. To be kind—it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.” —Roald Dahl. Check out these cozy reading quotes.

 "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." —Mother Teresa.rd.com

Mother Teresa


“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” —Mother Teresa. Try these random acts of kindness for every month of the year.

 “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 Angelisrd.com

Barbara De Angelis


“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. These touching stories about the kindness of strangers will have you tearing up.

 “What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. Love. We all lean towards love.” —Richard Gererd.com

Richard Gere


“What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. Love. We all lean towards love.” —Richard Gere. These 50 random acts of kindness don’t cost a cent.

 “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone.” —Sam Levenson.rd.com

Sam Levenson


“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone.” —Sam Levenson. If you love these kindness quotes, then you need to see these moving photos of kindness in the time of coronavirus.

 “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt. rd.com

Franklin D. Roosevelt


“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt. These joyous Walt Disney quotes will inspire you to dream big.

 “That is what compassion does. It challenges our assumptions, our sense of self-limitation, worthlessness, of not having a place in the world, our feelings of loneliness and estrangement. These are narrow, constrictive states of mind. As we develop compassion, our hearts open." —Sharon Salzberg.rd.com

Sharon Salzberg


“That is what compassion does. It challenges our assumptions, our sense of self-limitation, worthlessness, of not having a place in the world, our feelings of loneliness and estrangement. These are narrow, constrictive states of mind. As we develop compassion, our hearts open.” —Sharon Salzberg.

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” —Eric Hoffer.rd.com

Eric Hoffer


“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” —Eric Hoffer.

 “As for…the fear that compassion will involve you in suffering, counter it with the realization that the sharing of sorrow expands your capacity to share joy as well. When you callously ignore the suffering of others, you lose the capacity to share their happiness, too.”—Albert Schweitzerrd.com

Albert Schweitzer


“As for…the fear that compassion will involve you in suffering, counter it with the realization that the sharing of sorrow expands your capacity to share joy as well. When you callously ignore the suffering of others, you lose the capacity to share their happiness, too.”—Albert Schweitzer. If you like these kindness quotes, you also need to read through these uplifting quotes that will stay with you.

 “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” —Anne Herbert.rd.com

Anne Herbert


“Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” —Anne Herbert.

 “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” —Steve Marabolird.com

Steve Maraboli


“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” —Steve Maraboli. Don’t miss these forgiveness quotes to make you put down grudges.

 “Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” —Wes Angelozzi.rd.com

Wes Angelozzi


“Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” —Wes Angelozzi.

 “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” —Jean-Jacques Rousseaurd.com

Jean-Jacques Rousseau


“What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” —Jean-Jacques Rousseau. These 35 simple acts of kindness can be done in 2 minutes or less.

 "Always be a little kinder than necessary." —James M. Barrie.rd.com

James M. Barrie

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

 "A kind word is like a Spring day." —Russian Proverbrd.com

Russian Proverb

“A kind word is like a Spring day.” —Russian Proverb. Check out the most inspirational quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." —Margaret Mead.rd.com

Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead.

 "Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together." —Johann Wolfgang von Goetherd.com

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Everyone needs to read these be kind quotes. Here are some hope quotes that will instantly lift you up.

 "Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away." —Abraham Lincoln.rd.com

Abraham Lincoln

“Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away.” —Abraham Lincoln.

 “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” —Desmond Tutu.rd.com

Desmond Tutu

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” —Desmond Tutu.

 "To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error." —Liz Armbruster.rd.com

Liz Armbruster

“To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.” —Liz Armbruster.

 “You can cultivate mercy when you extend acts of compassion and kindness to yourself and to other people.” —Bree Miller.rd.com

Bree Miller

“You can cultivate mercy when you extend acts of compassion and kindness to yourself and to other people.” —Bree Miller.

 “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” —Maya Angelourd.com

Maya Angelou

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” —Maya Angelou. Read through these inspirational quotes about teaching.

 “Kindness is an electrical spark of life that runs through all kingdoms and has a reciprocal action when shown to others.” —Joe Hayes.rd.com

Joe Hayes

“Kindness is an electrical spark of life that runs through all kingdoms and has a reciprocal action when shown to others.” —Joe Hayes.

"It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others." —Aristotle.rd.com

Aristotle

“It is the characteristic of the magnanimous man to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.” —Aristotle.

 "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.rd.com

Harold S. Kushner

“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.

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

Jackie Chan

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

“One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us.” —Joe Rogan.rd.com

Joe Rogan

“One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us.” —Joe Rogan.

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” —Bob Kerreyrd.com

Bob Kerrey

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” —Bob Kerrey. Here are some inspirational quotes from your favorite Disney princesses.

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

Andrew Iskander

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

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” —Henry Van Dyke.rd.com

Henry Van Dyke

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” —Henry Van Dyke.

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” —Charles Glassmanrd.com

Charles Glassman

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” —Charles Glassman. If these kindness quotes are making you feel motivated you’ll also want to look through these success quotes.

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

Sarah Fielding

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

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

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

Confucius

“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 Jonesrd.com

Tommy Lee Jones

“Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.” —Tommy Lee Jones. These powerful quotes speak volumes in the fight against racism.

“You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” —Publilius Syrus.rd.com

Publilius Syrus

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

“Simple kindness may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace, and care properly for this planet we all share.” —Bo Lozoff.rd.com

Bo Lozoff

“Simple kindness may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace, and care properly for this planet we all share.” —Bo Lozoff.

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

Buddha

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

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

Joseph B. Wirthlin

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

“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.” —Paramahansa Yoganandard.com

Paramahansa Yogananda

“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.” —Paramahansa Yogananda. Make sure to write down some of these be kind quotes to refer back to later on. Also, take note of these wise quotes that are worth remembering.

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

Aesop

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

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” —Leo Buscaglia.rd.com

Leo Buscaglia

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” —Leo Buscaglia.

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

Mark Twain

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

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

Amelia Earhart

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

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.