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70 Kindness Quotes for Kids That Can Inspire Compassion

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It is important to teach children kindness. 

By instilling a sense of compassion in your child, you can help them to become a kind and caring individual.

We can create a more compassionate and understanding world if we raise a generation of kind people.

Here are some quotes to inspire kindness in your kid.

Kindness quotes

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

Dalai Lama​1​

“We rise by lifting others.”

Robert Ingersoll

“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.”

Harold Kushner
boy offers ball to little girl

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”

Amelia Earhart

“Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.”

Tommy Lee Jones

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.”

Jesse Jackson

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

Plato / Philo of Alexandria​2​

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Margaret Mead

“Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always.”

Rod Williams

“Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits.”

Kirpal Singh

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

John Holmes

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”

George Sand

“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.”

 Amy Leigh Mercree

“Kindness is not a business. True kindness expects nothing in return and should never act with conditions.”

Roy T. Bennett

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”

 R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

Steve Maraboli

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Mark Twain

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Roy T. Bennett

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Nothing,’ wrote Tolstoy, ‘can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

 Gretchen Rubin

“Things could change so entirely, in a heartbeat; the world could be made entirely anew, because someone was kind.”

Jo Baker, Longbourn

“Every act of kindness is a piece of love we leave behind.”

Paul Williams

“Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.”

Plato

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”

Blaise Pascal

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

Rumi

”Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

Lao-Tzu

“ Kindness gives birth to kindness”

Sophocles

”Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?”

James Barrie

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?”

George Eliot

”The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.”

Chanakya

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.”

Andrew Iskander

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” 

Scott Adams

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” 

Lucius Annaeus Seneca​3​

“Simple kindness may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace and care properly for this planet we all share.” 

Bo Lozoff

“Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

Theodore Isaac Rubin

Love and compassion quotes

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

Maya Angelou

“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

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts” 

Charles Dickens

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

Ralph Marston

“Compassion is the basis of all morality.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But, people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

Dalai Lama XIV

“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.”

Daniel Goleman

”One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, and compassion.

Simone de Beauvoir

” I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

Lao Tzu

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.”

Tahereh Mafi

”Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

Albert Einstein​4​

”The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

Albert Schweitzer

“We can’t heal the world today but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.” 

Mary Davis

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”

Buddha

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” 

Maya Angelou​5​

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”

Roy T. Bennett

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.”

Ben Carson

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.”

Brian Tracy

“Be an encourager. Scatter sunshine. Who knows whose life you might touch with something as simple as a kind word.”

Debbie Macomber

“Let today be the day you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.”

Steve Maraboli

“I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.” 

Roald Dahl​6​

“Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” 

Wes Angelozzi

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” 

Maya Angelou

“Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” 

Charles Glassman

“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” 

Buddha

Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.” 

Joseph B. Wirthlin

“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” 

Morgan Freeman

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

William Shakespeare​7​

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