25+ Quotes About the Power of KindnessIt's more than just being nice. As these quotes capture, words and acts of kindess have the power to lift spirits, transform lives, and make the world a better place.
October 22, 2021
Kindness is the quality of being considerate, compassionate, generous, gentle, and caring towards others without expecting anything in return. Often described as a virtue, kindness is also a strength—in fact, it may be one of humanity's greatest superpowers. Kindness enriches our relationships with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. Kindness opens our hearts to perfect strangers, both those we encounter in our daily lives and those who live continents away. What's more, kindness is good for our health—a finding backed by numerous studies and brain science. Practicing kindness increases levels of oxytocin and serotonin, the "feel-good" hormones, and decreases feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Perhaps best of all, kindness is contagious: kind acts often have a ripple effect.
So, why not make a pact with yourself to be a kinder person? And whenever you need a little encouragement or gentle reminder, turn to these 25 quotes from authors who understand the power of kindness and express it quite remarkably.
7. "You know, some things don't matter that much...Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart—now, that matters." -Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
8. "When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less." -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
15. "You can't worry about the rest of the world, never mind the rest of the universe. All you can do is look to your left and your right and try to be kind to whoever is there." -Rowan Coleman, We Are All Made of Stars
18. "We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over." -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
20. "What virtue is there in a man who demonstrates goodness because he has been bred to it? It is his habit from youth. But a man who has known unkindness and want, for him to be kind and charitable to those who have been the cause of his misfortunes, that is a virtuous man." -Deanna Raybourn, Silent on the Moor
23. "There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham." -Anna Sewell, Black Beauty