Kindness and Compassion

leaf on a rock in the waterWhat sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. —Joseph Addison

Give a hug. Send a smile.
Help someone down their toughest mile.
Always be honest from the start.
And never give less than all your heart.
—Jill Arnett

If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world; and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands, but a continent that joins them. —Francis Bacon

A tree is known by its fruit, an individual by his or her deeds. A good deed is never lost. The person who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and the person who plants kindness, gathers love. —Basil

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

Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them. —Chinese proverb

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. —The Dalai Lama

Stop. Take three deep breaths and smile…. Proceed now with kindness and understanding. —Deepak Chopra

Five things constitute perfect virtue: Gravity, magnanimity, earnestness, sincerity, and kindness. —Confucius

My main religion is, I make myself open to the goodness of the universe. Not just taking, but being part of the cycle. As it comes through you, it goes out as good, too. —Cindy Crawford

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 DeAngelis

A caring heart, a listening ear,
A thoughtful word, a gentle tear
Will help to lift the heavy load,
Of weary souls along life’s road.
—D. DeHaan

Perhaps we are too embarrassed or to frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin, today. Carry out a random act of seemingly senseless kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment . . . safe in the knowledge that one day someone, somewhere might do the same for you. —Princess Diana

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. —Albert Einstein

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes, as if they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come to earth. —Frederick William Faber

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do; or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. —Mahatma Gandhi

As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. —Richard Gere

If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook. —Les Giblin

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. —Kahlil Gibran

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen. —Loretta Girzartis

Help others solve their problems; standing farther away, you can often see matters more clearly than they do . . . The greatest service you can render someone else is helping him or her help themselves. —Baltasar Gracian

Let your kindness be like the rain, that cares not about whom it falls upon. —Talib al Habib

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. —Arthur Helps

From attractive lips, speak words of kindness. —Audrey Hepburn

Give to every other human being every right you claim for yourself. —Robert Green Ingersoll

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

One kind word can warm three winter months. —Japanese proverb

We are only here a short time; let us cherish what we have and honor those around us. If some around us are in their lower mind and heart, have healthy emotional boundaries so you may stay in your integrity and be the bigger soul, the evolved consciousness. It is incumbent upon you to live your life well, as a living example of what others could aspire to. Stay in your integrity, confidence, and humility, and be harmless to others. —Richard Jelusich, Ph.d.

The silver lining may be gleaming up at me from others’ negative experiences; sometimes empathy and understanding must precede empowerment and inspiration. Kajama

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 Kushner

Neither genius, fame, nor love shows the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that. —Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness; others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride, some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, and others brighten by their spiritual vivacity. —Johann Kaspar Lavater

Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world. —Father Lawrence G. Lovasik

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have. —Margaret Mead

What you keep to yourself, you lose. What you give away, you keep forever. —Axel Munthe

Goodness is a special kind of truth and beauty. It is truth and beauty in human behavior. —Harry Allen Overstreet

Just for today do not anger; just for today do not worry, be grateful and humble, do your work with appreciation, be kind to all. —The Reiki Creed

When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. —R. N. Remen

It is very simple. It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Whenever you are blue or lonely or stricken by some humiliating thing you did, the cure and the hope is in caring about other people. —Diane Sawyer

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. —William Shakespeare

How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination. —Barbra Streisand

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own. —Ben Sweetland

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundess. Kindness in giving creates love. —Lao Tzu

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. —Denis Waitley

It takes two men to make a brother. —Israel Zangwill