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UNKINDNESS
[ Also see Abuse Cruelty Deceit Injury Insult Kindness Meanness Neglect ]

There is nothing that needs to be said in an unkind manner.
      - Hosea Ballou

As "unkindness has no remedy at law," let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.
      - Hosea Ballou, Manuscript Sermons

Unkind language is sure to produce the fruits of unkindness--that is, suffering in the bosom of others.
      - Jeremy Bentham

A blow struck in anger oft causes less pain than a deliberate act of unkindness.
      - Charles Nelson Douglas

My lodging it is on the cold ground, and very hard is my fare,
  But that which troubles me most, is the unkindness of my dear.
      - attributed to John Gay,
        as it appeared in William Davenant's "Rivals", an alteration of Beaumont and Fletcher's "Two Noble Kinsmen", attribution to Gay by Boosey, the publishers

Hard kindness' alter'd eye,
  That mocks the tear it forced to flow.
      - Thomas Gray

Hard Unkindness' alter'd eye,
  That mocks the tear if forced to flow.
      - Thomas Gray, Eton College (st. 8)

Since trifles make the sum of human things,
  And half our misery from our foibles springs;
    Since life's best joys consist in peace and ease,
      And though but few can serve, yet all may please;
        On, let th' ungentle spirit learn from hence,
          A small unkindness is a great offence.
      - Hannah More, Sensibility

A real grief I ne'er can find till thou provest perjured or unkind.
      - Matthew Prior

He who has once stood beside the grave, to look back upon the companionship which has been forever closed, feeling how impotent there are the wild love, or the keen sorrow, to give one instant's pleasure to the pulseless heart, or atone in the lowest measure to the departed spirit for the hour of unkindness, will scarcely for the future incur that debt to the heart which can only be discharged to the dust.
      - John Ruskin

She hath tied
  Sharp-tooth'd unkindness, like a vulture here.
      - William Shakespeare

O Regan, she hath tied
  Sharp-toothed unkindness, like a vulture, here.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

Unkindness may do much;
  And his unkindness may defeat my life,
    But never taint my love.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Desdemona at IV, ii)

In nature there's no blemish but the mind;
  None can be called deformed but the unkind.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth night, or, What You Will
         (Antonio at III, iv)

And in their height of kindness are unkind.
      - Edward Young


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