Inspired by Kindness: A Shout Out to the Judges and Coordinators of the 2013 Great Expectations Contest as well as the Members of the North Texas Romance Writers


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.

Thursday Thirteen Polyhedron courtesy of M.C.

  1. 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
  2. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ~Plato
  3. There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world. ~Bob Anderson
  4. If you can’t be kind, at least be vague. ~ Judith Martin
  5. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~ Aesop
  6. All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries. ~Kathryn Stockett, The Help 
  7. Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later. ~Alice Munro
  8. Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary. ~J.M. Barrie
  9. But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword. ~ Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth 
  10. Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain
  11. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. ~ Mother Teresa
  12. The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  13. 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.

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34 thoughts on “Inspired by Kindness: A Shout Out to the Judges and Coordinators of the 2013 Great Expectations Contest as well as the Members of the North Texas Romance Writers

  1. Jennifer

    AWESOME SAUCE, MIA! One of my favorites is

    “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

  2. Mia Post author

    You seem very kind to me. I appreciate you including me in Thursday’s Children.

  3. Kate Frost

    Love this post, Mia. It doesn’t take much to be kind to others but in this day and age that’s not always the case. Some really great quotes too.

  4. stacey

    #4 is my favorite; love Miss Manners. Yes, kindness is so important, and should be taught in school, imo. Congrats on the award; must have made you feel special to receive that!

  5. Kimberly Menozzi

    I love these, and I think my favorite is the quote from Aesop. Every act of kindness, however small or insignificant it may seem, has a tremendous impact on the person receiving it.

    The Plato quote is another I try to keep in mind every single day.

  6. MissMeliss

    Congratulations on the contest – and what a great collection of quotations. I could never pick a favorite – they all speak to me, in different voices and moods.

  7. Paula Harvey

    I loved reading those quotes, thank you for posting them! A friend once said, “When in doubt, the kind thing is always the right thing.”

    I think he was so right about that. It’s one of my fav quotes ever : )

  8. Heather L

    Some great quotes on kindness. I admit, I’m not exactly thinking kindly of my neighbors this week (and for good reason, trust me).

  9. Pat Esden

    I had a customer send chocolate and a hyacinth plant to the town garage to thank the guys for cleaning the road in front of her house. She has a new baby and the local kids had decided the loose sand was great for squealing tires–so baby + tire squeal = Zero sleep for mom.

    The guys were thrilled by her simple kindness. No one ever thanks them. They only hear bitching. I decided to take a minute and tell her how happy they were.

  10. Chris Allen-Riley

    I love these quotes, Mia. 🙂

    I was teaching my son how to drive and of course, the tire blew out during rush hour. I had him pull into the nearest driveway which happened to be a car dealership. Within a couple minutes, a mechanic was headed toward us with a tire iron and a jack. He not only took off the tire and put the donut on, but he taught my son how to change a flat. Then he refused to let me pay him. He told me that his mama said that people are meant to be kind. So I asked him if he would take the money and buy his mom flowers so I could thank her for raising a wonderful son. He finally agreed. 🙂

  11. EM Castellan

    A page signed by well-wishers is such a cool idea! We do need kindness and support on our writing journey… Hope you’re having a good writing week!

  12. John Krissilas

    Completely agree.

    I dislike writing contests where entries must go through too many slush readers and where other contestants aren’t allowed to comment or offer any encouragement / feedback.

    The best contests are the open ones — entries are posted without filters, and the contestants (or readers) are allowed to have at them. The motivation and exposure that I’ve gotten has helped me a lot!

    Thanks for sharing.

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