• I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again. — Stephen Grellet, French/American religious leader (1773-1855)

    Men are only great as they are kind. — Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of Roycroft) (1856-1915)

    What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? — Jean-Jacques Rousseau, French philosopher (1712-1778)

    A kind word is like a spring day. — Russian proverb

    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop, Greek fabulist (fl. 6th century B.C., possibly legendary)

    There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. — Edith Wharton, American novelist (1862-1937)

    Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out. — Frank A. Clark

    The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident. — Charles Lamb, English essayist (1775-1834)

    Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way. — John Stuart Mill, 19th-century English philosopher and economist

    The kind man feeds his cat before sitting down to dinner. — Hebrew proverb

    Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. — The Dalai Lama, Tibetan religious leader

    Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd American President (1882-1945)

    You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. — Chief Seattle (1784-1866) of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and allied Native American tribes, in an 1854 letter to President Franklin Pierce

    Joy shared is twice the joy. Sorrow shared is half the sorrow. — Swedish Proverb

    Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. — William Arthur Ward, American writer (1921-1994)

    The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything. — Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, philosopher (1879-1955)

    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. — Mohandas Gandhi, Indian nonviolent civil rights leader (1869-1948)

    Nature has given us two ears and two eyes but only one tongue, so we should hear and see more than we speak. — Greek proverb

    True happiness lies in giving to others. — Indian proverb

    It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely. — Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998)

    Wha' got blood got feelings. — Barbadian proverb

    By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness. — Nigerian proverb

    You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who cannot repay you. — Ruth Smeltzer, American writer (1894-1950)

    Write injuries in dust but kindnesses in marble. — French proverb

    Don't blame God for creating the tiger; thank him for not giving it wings. — Ethiopian proverb

    We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. — Cynthia Ozick, American writer

    If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. — Chinese proverb

    Unshared joy is an unlighted candle. — Spanish proverb

    Compassion is the basis of morality. — Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)

    He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows: he breathes but does not live. — Indian proverb

    Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. — The Most Rev. Dr. Desmond Tutu, first black South African Anglican Archbishop

    Kindness begets kindness. — Greek proverb

    The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.... In any case, the giving of love is an education in itself. — Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and social activist (1884-1962)

    Be kind to those that meet you as you rise; you may pass them again as you fall. — Irish proverb

    The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. — Mohandas Gandhi, Indian nonviolent civil rights leader (1869-1948)

    Charity never made poor, stealing never made rich, and wealth never made wise. — English Proverb

    Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered . . . just one kind word to another person. — Fred Rogers, American educator and TV host (1928-2003)

    Love your neighbor, but don't tear down your fence. — German proverb

    When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another. — Anne Raver, writer, environmentalist

    It is better to be kind to our neighbors than to cross the world to offer incense to our ancestors. — African proverb

    What is hateful to thyself do not do to another. That is the whole Torah [Law], the rest is Commentary. — Hillel, ancient Jewish religious leader (c.110 B.C.E. - 10 C.E.)

    We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft. — Adlai Stevenson, 31st Governor of Illinois (1900-1965)

    We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. — Aldo Leopold, American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist (1887-1948)

    We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. — Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929 - 1968)

    Nice words are free, so choose ones that please another's ears — Vietnamese proverb

    Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. — William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (1564-1616)

    True strength lies in gentleness. — Irish proverb

    If you have nothing else to offer me, offer me your smile. — Chinese proverb

    It is better to be loved than feared. — Senegalese proverb

    One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking. I always try to think before I talk. — Margaret Chase Smith, politician (1897-1995)

    The most faithful mirror is an old friend. — Spanish proverb

    I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.
    — Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (1910-1997)

    Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands? — Ernest J. Gaines, author