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21 Kindness Quotes for 2021

21 Kindness Quotes for 2021 will give you the encouragement to increase your capacity for good today. You can use quotes about kindness in your social media, rock painting, cards, letters, and even gift ideas.

Quotes inspire us to live better lives from the wisdom of others.  In addition to kindness quotes, Best Book Lovers Quotes  and Short Inspirational Quotes to Memorize are just a couple of the quote articles I complied.  

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What is the definition of kindness? 

According to Wikipedia, kindness is behavior that is marked with acts of consideration, generosity, or concern for others without expectation for reward or praise.

How to be kind quotes can influence our days and is a good place to start on the journey of creating a better world.

Kindness is something we could all use a little more of in our lives. It starts with ourselves. A slight shift in our thinking can start changing our outlook and then impact those around us.

You never know whose life you can transform by listening and offering your best self to those around you.

These be kind quotes are like a tap on the shoulder from an angel to remind us that we are just here on earth for a short time.  What do you want the ripple effect of your life to say about you?

How to Use these Be Kind Quotes 

Choose kindness quotes for your vision board, to add to your phone as a daily reminder, or add kindness quotes to your Pinterest boards.

One of my friends had a jar filled with random acts of kindness quotes and pulled one out every day.

You can use these quotes to add to your greeting cards or notes to thank someone that touched your heart.

How about keeping your favorite being kind quotes close to you by having a piece of jewelry engraved with the words?

You can paint short kindness quotes on rocks and put them out into the world.

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Kindness Quotes to Inspire a Better World: 

“My grandmother told me that every good thing I do helps some human being in the world. I believed her 50 years ago, and I still do.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou’s grandmother made sure her children and grandchildren learned her wisdom. Because of that lesson, the world was blessed with Maya Angelou and all her writings and interviews.

Her grandmother would have been proud of what a shining light she became and the impact she had on all those lives she touched.

Understanding how every positive thing we do has a ripple effect on our neighborhoods and towns is the first step.  We don’t know how far an act of kindness can uplift someone many miles away.

“We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes, season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.” – Marcus Aurelius

When kindness becomes second nature to us, it no longer becomes something to strive for – but who we are.

Kind acts becomes part of our DNA that then is passed down through the generations that comes long after we are no longer here.

How amazing is that to think about?

“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster. Your life will never be the same again.” – Og Mandino

Try this piece of advice out for a week and see what type of impact it has on your life.

How would each interaction you had with others change today if you looked at everyone you came in contact with through this lens?

I’m guessing you would pay a few more compliments to others and you would have much deeper conversations.

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others: for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

There’s never been a cosmetic created that equals what kindness does to improve the beauty in others.

Have you ever been around someone that was beautiful on the outside, but their inner beauty lacked substance.  I’ll bet they lost a little bit of their shine once you got to know them.

The opposite is true too.  I’ve met people who’s spirit was so beautiful, that they turned every head in the room.

Woman with a black hat covering her face and this quote“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others: for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style.” – Rebecca Solnit

There is enough ugliness and hate in the world already. Train yourself to rise above the negative forces in life and become a beacon of light.

Words of compassion to the right person at the right time, can change a life.

“When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, yes, this is how I ought to feel.” – Harold Kushner

Not only do you impact all those around you, but your acts of goodness changes your life for the better.

Try secret acts of kindness and see if your confidence and happiness improves.

I started a kindness rock painting group that paints rocks and puts them out in the world for others to find.  You can join here if you’re interested.  

“I realized that social media can be a powerful force for good in the world and that acts of kindness can be scaled globally.” – Amy Jo Martin

Never before in the history of the world have we been able to impact more lives on the scale that we have today.

Commit to only spreading hope, happiness, and goodwill through all your social media channels and know that your reach can have a greater influence then you can even imagine.

“I believe in the will. I believe in discipline. I believe in the organization. I believe in the rigor that gives us work. I believe in love as an engine of all things. I believe in the light, believe in God. I believe in kindness.” – Edgar Ramirez

Let kindness be your mission.

If you have a clear direction of where you want your life to go, your inner self will have the courage and strength to make it happen.

Wheat field with this quote on top of it -“It is still breathtaking to me to watch people bring love, preciousness, and kindness to their inner world, allowing the light of God to shine through their eyes so that the beauty of their soul can come forth.” – Debbie Ford

“It is still breathtaking to me to watch people bring love, preciousness, and kindness to their inner world, allowing the light of God to shine through their eyes so that the beauty of their soul can come forth.” – Debbie Ford

Imagine who you could become if you were able to tap into all the goodness that currently exists inside yourself.

How would this better version of yourself impact your friends, family members, and acquaintances?

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Scott Adams

Every kind deed has unlimited power of the number of lives it touches. It continues to echo, long after the action is completed.

In the Cozy Living Group, I shared a video of a little girl that looked forward to seeing her mailman deliver the family’s mail.  She would wait in the window for him, and when he walked up the sidewalk he started dancing.  She would dance in response to him and they would both laugh.

When that little girl grows up, I’m sure it’s a story that she will tell her children.   Who knows how many other children the mailman impacts on the daily route?  I’m sure it also makes his day much more enjoyable.

Random Acts of Kindness Quotes  

“If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that.  I think we need more love in the world.  We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter.  I definitely want to contribute to that.” – Ellen DeGeneres

Instead of fighting what you don’t want, be a contributor for what you do want.

I think that’s one of the key ingredients to life.  We spend most our time resisting the things we dislike, instead of using that energy to add value to everything we touch.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.  What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall knows a thing or two about kindness and realizing that each of us is a strand on the web of life.  Whether you realize it or not, each of your movements has a big impact on the world.

There’s enough ugliness, so let’s commit ourselves to the good instead and be part of the solution instead of the problem.

Mother's and child's hand touching and this quote on top of the photo“First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be. We should watch our own gossiping and anger. We should model the kindness we want to see.” – Brene Brown

“First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be. We should watch our own gossiping and anger. We should model the kindness we want to see.” – Brene Brown

Everything we do and see is being watched and sometimes emulated by those around us, especially our children.

Make sure you’re setting the right example by taking note of how you handle the bumps and bruises along the journey of life.

“Do your little bit of good where you are: it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Karen Duffy

Wouldn’t it be amazing to turn on the news and be overwhelmed with all the goodness that is taking place, instead of what we currently read about?

Imagine this new world and become part of the change.

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Just because you were someone else yesterday, doesn’t mean you can’t choose to be someone different today.

If you have the choice of making yourself a better person, why wouldn’t you?

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Yes, be the reason.  Who knows, maybe something you say will end up in someone else’s list of act of kindness quotes?

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

Is the person staring back at you in the mirror everything you want to be?

Let the years you’ve lived become teachers to inspire you to be more of what you want to see in others and less of what you don’t want.

“It’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts, and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Be very mindful of what you choose to open your mind to. Make sure the movies you watch, conversations you engage in and news you read align with where you want to go.

Keep inspirational quotes about kindness on your refrigerator, bulletin board, in your car, and at work so you feed your mind with goodness.

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” – Shannon L. Alder

It’s quite amazing that you have the power to carve your name on the hearts of everyone you meet.

What a privilege it is to live on in the memories of others when they remember you with fondness.

Being Kind Quotes 

“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” – Neil Gaiman

Make today the birth of a new year of kindness and that you’ll become a soldier of good.

Measure your new life a year from now and see how much your life has transformed.

Heart-Shaped rock out in nature with this quote on top“Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.” – Unknown Author

“Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.” – Unknown Author

This is one of my favorite short kindest quotes.

We’ve all been in situations where we should have left words unsaid.  Learn to master your emotions and open your heart.

“It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.” – Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

A smile.  Who knew something so little, can be one of the greatest gifts we can give?

“It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.”  – Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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Short Kindness Quotes: 

“Every word matters. Speak kindly.” –  Unknown

How many of us have conversations and then can’t remember what we even said to the person we were talking to?

It takes some work to be aware of how you speak to others (something I need a lot more work on!).

“Be mindful.  Be grateful.  Be positive.  Be true.  Be kind.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

I will forever refer to this quote as the four B’s.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank 

It’s amazing that someone that lived on earth for such a short time had so much wisdom.

She’s the perfect example of how one person impacted the world with light.

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama XIV 

Religion paired with kindness is a must in any spiritual practice.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran, The Essential Kahlil Gibran 

We may have great intentions, but how many times have we meant to do something, only to get busy and never find the time to complete the task?

If we act on our thoughtful ideas immediately, we will put out more joy in our days and get more happiness in return.

Swing hanging from a tree at sunset with this quote on top of the picture -“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.” – Amit Ray - Be Kind to Yourself Quotes

Being Kind to Yourself Quotes 

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.”  – Amit Ray, Mediation: Insights and Inspirations 

I think we forget sometimes how much one person can have a profound effect on everyone they encounter.

Why do we cover up our light?  When is it time to realize how much power we really have.

For ideas on creating even more kindness in your life, check out this book Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts 

We have reached the end of 21 Kindness Quotes to Inspire a Better World.I hope these nuggets of wisdom gave you pause and inspired you to become an even better person then you are.

What type of ideas can you include in your daily routine that can leave the world a little bit more joy-filled?

If you would like to get more involved in the Kindness Movement, I wrote a blog post about Quotes about kindness and compassion have a way of reminding us how simple it is to have a positive influence on others.

The Kindness Rock Painting Groups and How to Get Started here.

Words of compassion have a way of weaving threads of sweetness in our lives.  Don’t forget to read quotes on how be kind to yourself too!

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Faisaly

Friday 20th of December 2019

very nice and heart touching.

Kelly

Friday 20th of December 2019

Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words. Kelly

Janine

Sunday 8th of October 2017

This is a great blog. This world is becoming filled with hate and negativity. If every single person would learn to love and be kind to others wouldn't this world be a better place?

Carolyn J. Smith

Sunday 8th of October 2017

All those are very very good.. I love and live the one my grandmother taught me. “Treat everyone the way you want to be treaded yourself”.

Kelly

Sunday 8th of October 2017

Thank you Carolyn for the comment. Yes, Maya knows a thing or two about goodness! Kelly

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