November 13 is World Kindness Day. For more information you can visit Waves of Kindness at www.wavesofkindness.org.
The following quotes are meant to inspire our kindness and our social and spiritual wellness.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. -Tenzin Gyatso
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true. -Robert Brault
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up. -Jesse Jackson
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. -Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are. -Author Unknown
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -Dalai Lama
During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. -JoAnn C. Jones, Guideposts, January 1996
Don't be yourself — be someone a little nicer. -Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. -Samuel Johnson
Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how. -Author Unknown
The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway. -Henry Boye
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. -George Washington Carver
The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid. -Author Unknown
Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity stop you from being generous. -Author Unknown
In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more. -Author Unknown
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. -Epictetus
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. -Amelia Earhart
As the bus slowed down at the crowded bus stop, the Pakistani bus conductor leaned from the platform and called out, "Six only!" The bus stopped. He counted on six passengers, rang the bell, and then, as the bus moved off, called to those left behind: "So sorry, plenty of room in my heart — but the bus is full." He left behind a row of smiling faces. It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it. -The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 1977
Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Because that's what kindness is. It's not doing something for someone else because they can't, but because you can. -Andrew Iskander
A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. -Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"
If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. -Thomas Fuller
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him. -Booker T. Washington
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. -Nelson Henderson
In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy. -Karl Reiland
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. -William Penn
If you step on people in this life, you're going to come back as a cockroach. -Willie Davis