No need to say more, except that this is one of the things that I really believe for so long. Here’s a list of some quotes about goodness or kindness (originally taken from this website):
- “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” [Aesop]
- “It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.” [Aristotle; 4th century BC]
- “I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings … I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.” [Pearl S. Buck]
- “Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.” [Buddha]
- “Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” [Richard Carlson]
- “They’re only truly great who are truly good.” [George Chapman; 1654]
- “What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.” [Confucius; circa 500 B.C.]
- “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” [The Dalai Lama]
- “To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.” [Taisen Deshimaru]
- “Only a life lived for others is worth living.” [Albert Einstein]
- “Be the change you want to see in the world.” [Mohandas Gandhi]
- “It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” [Kahlil Gibran]
- “Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]
- “Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows.” [David Grayson]
- “To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.” [Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib; 7th century A.D.]
- “Kindness … loving people more than they deserve.” [Joseph Joubert; 1754-1824]
- “I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” [Abraham Lincoln]
- “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” [Norman MacEswan]
- “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one!” [Marcus Aurelius; 2nd century A.D.]
- “There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” [Bernard Meltzer]
- “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” [Plato]
- “You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot do by force.” [Publilius Syrus; 1st century BC]
- “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.” [Franklin Delano Roosevelt]
- “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” [Jean Jacques Rousseau]
- “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” [Theodore Isaac Rubin]
- “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” [Seneca]
- “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” [Sophocles; 409 BC]
- “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” [Henry David Thoreau]
- “The government in which I believe is that which is based on mere moral sanction … the real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them.” [Leo Tolstoy]
- “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” [Mark Twain]
- “The best portions of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” [William Wordsworth]
Then, to add some more ‘sense of kindness’ here, below is an example of a nice poem from Kahlil Gibran, about friendship…
And a youth said, “Speak to us of Friendship.”
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.