Like a lot of romance writers, I’ve entered a contest or two. Sometimes, my writing finals and gets awarded a first, second, third or fourth place. Often, I receive good feedback, but, for me, it’s the little kindnesses that make the difference—the gentle words and the small gestures of good intentions. I opened an envelope last week to find a whole page signed by well-wishers. It brought a huge grin to my face.
This post is my way of saying, “Thanks, I appreciate you, too.”
Kindness is an awesome quality. I know I’m not alone in delighting in it. Here are what 13 great thinkers have to say on the subject of kindness.
- Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. ~Henry James
- Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ~Plato
- There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world. ~Bob Anderson
- If you can’t be kind, at least be vague. ~ Judith Martin
- No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~ Aesop
- All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries. ~Kathryn Stockett, The Help
- Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later. ~Alice Munro
- Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary. ~J.M. Barrie
- But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword. ~ Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth
- Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain
- Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Teresa
- The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
- The shortest distance between two people is a smile. ~ Victor Borge
It’s fun to brag about kindness. Do you an experience you’d like to share? Or a quote that exemplifies charity or compassion? I’m all ears. And, as always, thanks for stopping by.