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Kindness Quotes

44 of the best book quotes about kindness
  1. #1
    “‘Nothing,’ wrote Tolstoy, ‘can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.‘”
  2. #2
    “Many times, on the way home, women with nothing but kids and poverty would come running out and plead with him to paint their blinds. ‘Frau Hallah, I’m sorry, I have no black paint left,’ he would say, but a little farther down the road, he would always break. . . . ‘Tomorrow,’ he’d promise, ‘first thing,’ and when the next morning dawned, there he was, painting those blinds for nothing or for a cookie or a warm cup of tea.”
  3. #3
    “I must be cruel only to be kind;
    Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.”
  4. #4
    “All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.”
  5. #5
    A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.
  6. #6
    “Do the wise thing and the kind thing too, and make the best of us and not the worst.”
  7. #7
    “Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other.”
  8. #8
    “Perhaps to be able to learn things quickly isn’t everything. To be kind is worth a great deal to other people … Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked.”
  1. #9
    “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that — warm things, kind things, sweet things–help and comfort and laughter — and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”
  2. #10
    Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you dealt with things.
  3. #11
    “I shall miss you very much, James, but we shall pull through, and there’s nothing like doing a kindness when ‘tis put in your way, and I am glad I can do it.”
  4. #12
    “Our people are good people; our people are kind people. Pray God some day kind people won’t all be poor.”
  5. #13
    “I could tolerate any form of cruelty better than kindness. Praise was a poison to me; I choked on it.”
  6. #14
    “O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
    That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!”
  7. #15
    “Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.”
  8. #16
    “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”
  1. #17
    “His life was gentle; and the elements
    So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up
    And say to all the world, ‘This was a man!‘”
  2. #18
    “He rode into Whoville. He brought back their toys.
    He brought back their floof to the Who girls and boys.”
  3. #19
    “He brought back their snoof and their tringlers and fuzzles,
    Brought back their pantookas, their dafflers and wuzzles.”
  4. #20
    “He brought everything back, all the food for the feast!
    And he, he himself, the Grinch carved the roast beast!”
  5. #21
    “Christmas Day is in our grasp
    So long as we have hands to grasp.”
  6. #22
    “There are in this world blessed souls, whose sorrows all spring up into joys for others; whose earthly hopes, laid in the grave with many tears, are the seed from which spring healing flowers and balm for the desolate and the distressed.”
  7. #23
    “Guy don’t need no sense to be a nice fella. Seems to me sometimes it jus’ works the other way around. Take a real smart guy and he ain’t hardly ever a nice fella.”
  8. #24
    General benevolence, but not general friendship, make a man what he ought to be.
  1. #25
    “He wept because he was afraid now that he could not save Gabriel. He no longer cared about himself”
  2. #26
    “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses... swapped back and forth and over again.”
  3. #27
    “Just always be waiting for me.”
  4. #28
    “Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn’t know it when he put the blanket around you.”
  5. #29
    I couldn’t believe it. Among other things, the Herdmans were famous for never sitting still and never paying attention to anyone—teachers, parents (their own or anybody else’s), the truant officer, the police—yet here they were, eyes glued on my mother and taking in every word. ‘What’s that?’ they would yell whenever they didn’t understand the language, and when Mother read about there being no room at the inn, Imogene’s jaw dropped and she sat up in her seat. ‘My God!’ she said. ‘Not even for Jesus?’”
  6. #30
    “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
  7. #31
    “Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”
    author
    A. A. Milne
    book
    Winnie the Pooh
    character
    Pooh
    concept
    Kindness
  8. #32
    “And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say
    That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”
  1. #33
    “When I went into their family, it was the abode of happiness and contentment. The mistress of the house was a model of affection and tenderness. Her fervent piety and watchful uprightness made it impossible to see her without thinking and feeling—“that woman is a Christian.”
  2. #34
    “People are hard to hate close-up. Move in.
    Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil.
    Hold hands. With strangers.
    Strong back, soft front, wild heart.”
  3. #35
    “This is a way to kill a wife with kindness,
    And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.
    He that knows better how to tame a shrew,
    Now let him speak. ‘Tis charity to show.”
  4. #36
    “Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world.”
  5. #37
    “And what is a man that he should not run with his brothers? I was born in the jungle; I have obeyed the Law of the Jungle; and there is no wolf of ours from whose paws I have not pulled a thorn. Surely they are my brothers!”
  6. #38
    “Welcome Christmas while we stand
    Heart to heart and hand in hand.”
  7. #39
    “Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.”
  8. #40
    “Atticus, he was real nice...” His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”
  1. #41
    “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
    Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”
  2. #42
    “He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk—that anything—could give him so much happiness.”
  3. #43
    “Mr. Scrooge!” said Bob; “I’ll give you Mr. Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast!”
    “The Founder of the Feast indeed!” cried Mrs. Cratchit, reddening. “I wish I had him here. I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.”
  4. #44
    “By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”
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