Quotations for Daily Use

Acts of Kindness

"Always be a littler kinder than necessary." James M. Barrie, May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, the child of a family of small-town weavers, and best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan

"Dear Heavenly Father, help me today to season my words with grace. May all that I say and do be gracious to others and pleasing to You, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer." Prayer in Our Daily Bread, August 26, 2015

"Do for others with no desire of returned favors. We all should plant some trees we'll never sit under."  Unknown

"Food is God's love made edible." Norman Wirzba, Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Agrarian Studies at Duke Divinity School

"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily." Sally Koch, American writer

"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Stephen Greillet born Étienne de Grellet du Mabillier in Limoges, the son of a counsellor of King Louis XVI; Impressed by the writings of William Penn, George Fox, and Quaker beliefs, in 1796 Grellet joined the Society of Friends. He became involved in extensive missionary work across North America and most of the countries of Europe, in prisons and hospitals, and was respectfully granted meetings with many rulers and dignitaries, including Pope Pius VII, Czar Alexander I, and the Kings of Spain and Prussia. He encouraged many reforms in educational policies and in hospital and prison conditions.


Whatever our hands touch -
We leave fingerprints!
On walls, on furniture,
On doorknobs, dishes, books,
As we touch we leave our identity.

Oh please wherever I go today,
Help me leave heartprints!
Heartprints of compassion
Of understanding and love.
Heartprints of kindness
and genuine concern.

May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
Or a runaway daughter,
Or an anxious mother,
Or, perhaps, a dear friend!

I shall go out today
To leave heartprints,
And if someone should say
"I felt your touch,"
May that person sense Your love
Touching through me.
Ruth Harm Calkins

"His heart is kind and gentle and that is far better than being wise." Prince Inga describing King Rinkitink in L. Frank Baum's Rinkitink in Oz, one of Baum's Land of Oz books."

"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."
William Shakespeare, (1564–1616), English playwright

"I wanted to do something. Anything, but didn't know what to do. So I did this. This is my something." Jason Watt (Shared by ODS Cuban Peet, Carissa)

"Kindness causes us to learn, and to forget, many things." Madame Swetchine, November 22, 1782 – 1857), known as Madame Swetchine, was a Russian mystic, born in Moscow, and famous for her salon in Paris.

"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain, (1835–1910), US novelist and humorist

"Kindness is like snow - it beautifies everything it covers." Croft M. Pentz

"Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns." Unknown

"Look the world straight in the eye." Helen Keller, (1880–1968), US writer, social reformer, and academic

"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind." Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) - Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001). The program was marked by its slow pace and its host's calm manner.

"To Fred Rogers, every child required special attention, because every child needed assurance that he or she was someone who mattered." Maxwdll King, author of The Good Neighbor - The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

"Whatever comes from the heart carries the heat and color of its birthplace." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author

"When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire." Whoopi Goldberg, American Actress

"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.' " Rabbi Harold Kushner, born 1935 in Brooklyn, New York City, NY

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