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KINDNESS
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[ Also see Affection Benefit Character Charity Consolation Cruelty Favors Forgiveness Generosity Gentleness Gifts Good Nature Goodness Gratitude Help Humanity Liberality Magnanimity Malice Mercy Murder Philanthropy Pity Service Sympathy Tenderness Unkindness Well-doing ]

Kind words produce their own image in men's souls, and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.
      - Blaise Pascal

He carried and nourished in his breast a snake, tender-hearted against his own interest.
  [Lat., Colubram sustulit
    Sinuque fovet, contra se ipse misericors.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (bk. IV, 18)

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
      - Theodore Isaac Rubin

Oppose kindness to perverseness. The heavy sword will not cut soft silk; by using sweet words and gentleness you may lead an elephant with a hair.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

In the intercourse of social life, it is by little acts of watchful kindness recurring daily and hourly,--and opportunities of doing kindnesses if sought for are forever starting up,--it is by words, by tones, by gestures, by looks, that affection is won and preserved. He who neglects these trifles yet boasts that, whenever a great sacrifice is called for, he shall be ready to make it, will rarely be loved. The likelihood is, he will not make it; and if he does, it will be much rather for his own sake than for his neighbor's.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

The Romans assisted their allies and friends, and acquired friendships by giving rather than receiving kindness.
  [Lat., Sociis atque amicis auxilia portabant Romani, magisque dandis quam accipiundis beneficiis amicitias parabant.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (VI)

Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for a kindness.
  [Lat., Unicumque homo est, ibi beneficio locus est.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes
         (CCXIV)

Kindness nobler ever than revenge.
      - William Shakespeare

Kindness, in women, not their beauteous looks,
  Shall win my love.
      - William Shakespeare

What thou wilt,
  Thou shalt rather enforce it with thy smile,
    Than hew to't with thy sword.
      - William Shakespeare

You may ride us with one soft kiss a thousand furlongs, ere with spur we heat an acre.
      - William Shakespeare

A little more than kin, and less than kind!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, i)

Yet do I fear thy nature.
  It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness
    To catch the nearest way.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Lady Macbeth at I, v)

Have you the heart? When your head did but ache,
  I knit my handkercher about your brows--
    The best I had, a princess wrought it me--
      And I did never ask it you again;
        And with my hand at midnight held your head,
          And like the watchful minutes to the hour,
            Still and anon cheered up the heavy time,
              Saying, 'What lack you?' and 'Where lies your grief?'
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Arthur at IV, i)

The cheapest of all things is kindness, its exercise requiring the least possible trouble and self-sacrifice. "Win hearts," said Burleigh to Queen Elizabeth, "and you have all men's hearts and purses."
      - Samuel Smiles

Kindness gives birth to kindness.
      - Sophocles

Kindness is ever the begetter of kindness.
      - Sophocles

Everyone of us knows how painful it is to be called by malicious names, to have his character undermined by false insinuations, to be overreached in a bargain, to be neglected by those who rise in life, to be thrust on one side by those who have stronger wills and stouter hearts. Everyone knows, also, the pleasure of receiving a kind look, a warm greeting, a hand held out to help in distress, a difficulty solved, a higher hope revealed for this world or the next. By that pain and by that pleasure let us judge what we should do to others.
      - Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

The happiness of life may be greatly increased by small courtesies in which there is no parade, whose voice is too still to tease, and which manifest themselves by tender and affectionate looks, and little kind acts of attention.
      - Laurence Sterne

If what must be given is given willingly the kindness is doubled.
  [Lat., Bis gratum est, quod dato opus est, ultro si offeras.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

It is kindness immediately to refuse what you intend to deny.
  [Lat., Pars beneficii est, quod petitur, si cito neges.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Kind hearts are more than coronets, and simple faith than Norman blood.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

We hate the kindness which we understand.
      - Henry David Thoreau

A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.
      - John Tillotson

I have sped by land and sea, and mingled with much people, but never yet could find a spot unsunned by human kindness.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper


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