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Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning.
      - Rev. Frederick William Faber

If you're naturally kind, you attract a lot of people you don't like.
      - William Feather

Kindness is the only charm permitted to the aged; it is the coquetry of white hairs.
      - Octave Feuillet

Their cause I plead--plead it in heart and mind;
  A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind.
      - David Garrick,
        Epilogue on Quitting the Stage

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.
      - Kahlil Gibran

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Always say a kind word if you can, if only that it may come in, perhaps, with singular opportuneness, entering some mournful man's darkened room, like a beautiful firefly, whose happy circumvolutions he cannot but watch, forgetting his many troubles.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

One kindly deed may turn
  The fountain of thy soul
    To love's sweet day-star, that shall o'er thee burn
      Long as its currents roll.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

And Heaven, that every virtue bears in mind,
  E'en to the ashes of the just is kind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XXIV, l. 523), (Pope's translation)

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
      - Washington Irving

How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him; and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles!
      - Washington Irving

He was so benevolent, so merciful a man that, in his mistaken passion, he would have held an umbrella over a duck in a shower of rain.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
      - Joseph Joubert

Kindness is virtue itself.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

There is a vast deal of vital air in loving words.
      - Walter Savage Landor

One could laugh at the world better if it didn't mix tender kindliness with its brutality.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

Though he was rough, he was kindly.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Courtship of Miles Standish (pt. III)

The greater the kindred is, the lesse the kindnesse must bee.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Mother Bombie
         (act III, sc. 1)

Kindness, the poetry of the heart.
      - Aime Martin

There is no dearth of kindness in this world of ours; only in our blindness we gather thorns for flowers.
      - Gerald Massey

There's no dearth of kindness
  In the world of ours;
    Only in our blindness
      We gather thorns for flowers.
      - Gerald Massey,
        There's no Dearth of Kindness

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
      - Mencius

A small unkindness is a great offence.
      - Hannah More

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