Quotes on Kindness


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He Who Sows Courtesy Reaps Friendship

"Every day there are many opportunities to be nice--or not so nice."

-Rex Lee-

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"If you're not heaven to be around, then you're not heaven-bound."

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"Wherever there is a human being, there is a chance for a kindness."


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"Perhaps any of us could get along with perfect people. But our task is to get along with imperfect people."

-Richard L. Evans-

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"The world is long on judgement and short on understanding. Judging is easy and self-satisfying. Understanding requires perspective, experience, and empathy."

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"He who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love."

-Richard Brooks-

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"Never underestimate the impact of one good deed...it creates a ripple effect."

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"Show courtesy to others, not because they are gentlemen but because you are."

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"The big givers are the big getters."

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"Usually our criticism of others is not because they have faults, but because their faults are different than ours."

-Roger Eastman-

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"Blessed is the home where all have learned to face their daily problems in a Christian spirit and to disagree without being disagreeable."

-Theodore F. Adams-

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Challenge for Today: Think about the people in your ward or neighborhood. Think about the problems and trials some of them are facing. Choose 3 people and pray for them, by name. Be specific in your prayers. Then DO something, if you can.

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"Julia Ward Howe was talking to a distinguished senator. She asked him to interest himself in the case of a person who needed help. The senator answered, 'Julia, I have become so busy, I can no longer concern myself with individuals.' She replied, 'That's remarkable. Even God hasn't reached that stage yet.'"

-Ralph W. Sockman-

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"A friend is a present you give yourself."

Robert Louis Stevenson

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"Giving is the secret of a healthy life...not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding."

-John D. Rockefeller-

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"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless."   

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"One of the most effectual ways of pleasing and of making one's self loved is to be cheerful; joy softens more hearts than tears do."

Mme. de Sartory

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"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another."

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"How are we supposed to act when we are offended, misunderstood, unfairly or unkindly treated, or sinned against?  What are we supposed to do if we are hurt by those we love, or passed over for promotion, or are falsely accused, or have our motives unfairly assailed?  Do we fight back?  Do we send in an ever-larger battalion?  Do we revert to an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, or, as Tevye says in Fiddler on the Roof, do we come to the realization that this finally leaves us blind and toothless?"       

Howard W. Hunter

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"The only people you should try to get even with are those who have been good to you."

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"Wouldn't it be nice if we could find other things as easily as we find fault?"

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"You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is."  

Harold B. Lee

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"In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do."

Dorothea Dix

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"People like you----not so much for what you are, but for the way you make them feel when they are near you."

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"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."

Benjamin Disraeli (quoted in Readers Digest Quotable Quotes, Nov. 1997, p. 61)

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"We too often love things and use people, when we should be using things and loving people."

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"You never can tell when you do an act, just what the result will be; for with every deed, you are sowing a seed---though its harvest you may never see."

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"Learn to pay compliments.  Start with the members of your family, and you will find it will become easier later in life to compliment others.  It's a great asset." 

God's Little Devotional for Graduates, p. 314

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"God offers us counsel not just for our own safety, but for the safety of His other children, whom we should love.  There are few comforts so sweet as to know that we have been an instrument in the hands of God in leading someone else to safety."

Henry B. Eyring, April 1997 Gen. Conf.

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"It is not for us to judge those who might be confused or who have not the strength to change.  What they need is our understanding and support."

Hans Ringger - April 1990 Gen. Conf.

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"A Smile is a facelift that's in everyone's price range."     

Ziggy cartoon 

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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."   

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"No one is useless in the world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else." 

Charles Dickens

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"Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing."


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"We need each other's support.  The world will give us enough beatings." 

Anais Nin to Henry Miller

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"What we say and how we present ourselves not only betray our inner person but also mold that person, those around us, and finally our whole society."

Robert S. Wood

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"A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

Arabian Proverb

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"Commend in public. Correct in Private."

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"Each life should build a step upon which some who follow can climb a little higher."


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"Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to."

Dale Carnegie

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"It's a greater accomplishment to be kind than to be brilliant."

Joseph Telushkin, 'Words That Hurt, p. 126 (Quoted by Melvin Luthy, BYU Dev. Nov. 9, 1999)

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"Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow."

Helen Keller

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

Mark Twain

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"You can stand tall without standing on someone.  You can be a victor without having victims."

Harriet Woods

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