Category Archives: KINDNESS

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

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Adam Lindsay Gordon (19 October 1833 – 24 June 1870)

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Our actions are less kind and less vicious than our desires . Karl Kraus

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“Gods prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight To Oblivion; a key to the understanding of all religion is that a god’s idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.”

― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

“In the cherry blossom’s shade there’s no such thing as a stranger.” ― Kobayashi Issa

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“True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person. Henri Nouwen has described it as receiving the stranger on his own terms, and asserts that it can be offered only by those who ‘have found the centre of their lives in their own hearts’.”
Kathleen Norris, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

There are two kinds of compassion: compassion mixed with clinging, and compassion mixed with prajna – best knowledge.

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“The spirit of Ubuntu* – that profound African sense that we are human beings only through the humanity of other human beings – is not a parochial phenomenon, but has added globally to our common search for a better world.”

South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

*Note: Ubuntu is an ancient African concept meaning “kindness towards human beings” or “humanity to others” or “I am what I am because of who we all are”.

http://www.rogerdarlington.co.uk/Thoughts.html

Eat my bubbles.

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“Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves. 
They flickered out saying: 
“It was worth being a bubble, just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds.” 

― Carl Sandburg

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Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
KINDNESS in another’s trouble,
COURAGE in your own.”

Adam Lindsay Gordon.

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The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW : 1894 – 1939), Saturday 6 May 1899, 

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Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Kurt Vonnegut

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The Beginning

“Where have I come from, where did you pick me up?” the baby asked

its mother.

She answered, half crying, half laughing, and clasping the

baby to her breast-

“You were hidden in my heart as its desire, my darling.

You were in the dolls of my childhood’s games; and when with

clay I made the image of my god every morning, I made the unmade

you then.

You were enshrined with our household deity, in his worship

I worshipped you.

In all my hopes and my loves, in my life, in the life of my

mother you have lived.

In the lap of the deathless Spirit who rules our home you have

been nursed for ages.

When in girlhood my heart was opening its petals, you hovered

as a fragrance about it.

Your tender softness bloomed in my youthful limbs, like a glow

in the sky before the sunrise.

Heaven’s first darling, twain-born with the morning light, you

have floated down the stream of the world’s life, and at last you

have stranded on my heart.

As I gaze on your face, mystery overwhelms me; you who belong

to all have become mine.

For fear of losing you I hold you tight to my breast. What

magic has snared the world’s treasure in these slender arms of

mine?”

Rabindranath Tagore

Here’s to the corkscrew – a useful key to unlock the storehouse of wit, the treasury of laughter, the front door of fellowship, and the gate of pleasant folly. W.E.P. French

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A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string. 

George D. Prentice (1802 – 1870) US newspaperman, editor, poet

http://hw.asourceofjoy.org/quotesonthetongue.htm

With a heavy load and a long journey

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In life you can never be too kind or too fair; everyone you meet is carrying a heavy load. When you go through your day expressing kindness and courtesy to all you meet, you leave behind a feeling of warmth and good cheer, and you help alleviate the burdens everyone is struggling with.”

Brian Tracy

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Once a naked troglodyte, On a bitter Winter’s night, Sat and shivered in his cave the whole night through!

The Boon of Discontent by C J Dennis

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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honour the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.” 

― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Kathryn Stockett “All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.”

Kathryn Stockett, The Help

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.”

– Dawna Markova

If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.

~Mary Webb

http://www.gadel.info/2011/04/kindness-quotes-and-kindness-proverbs.html

 

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“Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater than love…Kindness is good will. Kindness says, “I want you to be happy.”


Randolph Ray

http://www.indianchild.com/quotes_for_kindness.htm

And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

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One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese Proverb

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Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”

― Bill Ayers

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Dr. Benjamin Spock: If we are ever to turn toward a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion against the physical punishment of children would be a good place to start.

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

― Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942

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Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit.

Robert J. Furey

Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.

Kevin Heath

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People are often unreasonable and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

― Mother Teresa

“Tell them I was arrested for carrying concealed ideas!”

― “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, Deadly Valentines: The Story of Capone’s Henchman “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, His Blonde Alibi

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If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

“It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

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