150 Kindness Quotes For Kids To Learn About Empathy And Care

Kindness is the most beautiful trait anyone can have. A few kind words and deeds can have a big impact on someone else’s life. Teaching a few kindness quotes for kids can help them understand the meaning of compassion and empathy while adding value to their moral education.

When your child grasps the meaning of kindness and uses it to inspire others, they contribute to making the world a better place. Here is a compilation of kindness quotes in this post to help children be compassionate and empathize with others. Encourage them to pass on these quotes to their friends as well.

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150 Quotes On Kindness For Kids

1. “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.” — Sam Levenson

2. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Plato

3. “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” — Roy T. Bennett

4. “Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen” — Barack Obama

5. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” — Albert Schweitzer

6. “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” — Mother Teresa

7. “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” — Jesse Jackson

8. “I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion.” — Ellen DeGeneres

9. “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

10. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” — Desmond Tutu

11. “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain

12. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.” — Maya Angelou

13. “Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

      • shall not fear anyone on Earth.
      • shall fear only God.
      • shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
      • shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
      • shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.” — Mahatma Gandhi

14. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” — Anne Frank

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

16. “If there is anyone secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own.” — Henry Ford

17. “You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” — John Steinbeck

18. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.” — Booker T. Washington

19. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

20. “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” — Nelson Mandela

21. “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” — R.J. Palacio

22. “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” — James Boswell

23. “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a Woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.” — Audrey Hepburn

24. “You can never know the ripple effect you create with one tiny gesture of kindness.” — Elle Sommer

25. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

26. “Every act of kindness is a piece of love we leave behind.” — Paul Williams

27. “We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.” — Mary Davis

28. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” — Mother Teresa

29. “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” — The Buddha

30. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” — Oscar Wilde

31. “Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.” — Confucius

32. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” — Dalai Lama XIV

33. “You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. “He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.” — Benjamin Franklin

35. “The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.” — Albert Einstein

36. “If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.” — Lao-Tzu

37. “Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.” — Kiana Tom

38. “If you have kindness in your heart, you offer acts of kindness to touch the hearts of others wherever you go—whether they are random or planned. Kindness becomes a way of life.” — Roy T. Bennett

39. “The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others,
the more he has for his own.” — Lao Tzu

40. “Thousands of years ago, man lived in harmony with the rest of the natural world. Through what we would today call Telepathy, he communicated with animals, plants, and other forms of life-none of which he considered “beneath” himself, only different, with different jobs to perform. He worked side by side with earth angels and nature spirits, with whom he shared responsibility for taking care of the world.” — Benjamin Hoff

41. “Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him.” — Frank A. Clark

42. “Be kind, be all sympathy, for each and every human being is forced to fight against himself.” — Sri Chinmoy

43. “One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession.” — Sophocles

44. “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” — Amelia Earhart

45. “When you say ‘yes’ to others make sure you aren’t saying ‘no’ to yourself.” — Paulo Coelho

46. “When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.” — Nelson Mandela

47. “One true nationality is mankind.” — H.G. Wells

48. “Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” — Walt Disney

49. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” — Dalai Lama

50. “I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people”. — Vincent Van Gogh

51. “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” — Harold S. Kushner

52. “Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden. And keep out the weeds. Fill it with sunshine, kind words, and kind deeds.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

53. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia

54. “Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible. And if we cannot help others, at least we should try not to create pain and suffering for them.” — Dalai Lama

55. “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” — Harold S. Kushner

56. “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” — Jackie Chan

57. “Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” — Andrew Iskander

58. “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

59. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” — Ronald Reagan

60. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” — Bob Kerrey

61. “If you’ve ever been homesick, or felt exiled from all the things and people that once defined you, you’ll know how important welcoming words and friendly smiles can be.” — Stephen King

62. “How good life is when one does something good and just!” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

63. “I have wept in the night
At my shortness of sight
That to others’ needs made me blind,
But I never have yet
Had a twinge of regret
For being a little too kind.” — C.R. Gibson

64. “To reprove a harm-doer, put him to shame by doing a good deed in return.” —Thiruvalluvar

65. “To you, whoever you are, when I am gone — remember to be kind tonight to some lonely person. For me.” — Tennessee Williams

66. “If you put out acceptance and warmth, you tend to attract the same.” — Deborah Day

67. “In the presence of this ingenuous greatness of soul, Aramis felt himself little. It was the second time he had been compelled to bend before real superiority of heart, much more powerful than splendour of mind.” — Alexandre Dumas

68. “Stop looking for flaws, and kindness comes much more easily.” — Deepak Chopra

69. “A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist.” — Sophocles

70. “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein

71. “There is one kind of laugh that I always did recommend; it looks out of the eye first with a merry twinkle, then it creeps down on its hands and knees and plays around the mouth like a pretty moth around the blaze of a candle, then it steals over into the dimples of the cheeks and rides around in those whirlpools for a while, then it lights up the whole face like the mellow bloom on a damask rose, then it swims up on the air, with a peal as clear and as happy as a dinner-bell, then it goes back again on gold tiptoes like an angel out for an airing, and it lies down on its little bed of violets in the heart where it came from.” — Josh Billings

72. “The knowing ones must have pity on the ignorant.
One who knows is willing to give up his body even for an ant,
because he knows that the body is nothing.” — Swami Vivekananda

73. “I love thee for a heart that’s kind–not for the knowledge in thy mind.” — William Henry Davies

74. “The real trouble is that ‘kindness’ is a quality fatally easy to attribute to ourselves on quite inadequate grounds. Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself for all his other vices by a conviction that ‘his heart’s in the right place’ and ‘he wouldn’t hurt a fly,’ though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature. We think we are kind when we are only happy: it is not so easy, on the same grounds, to imagine oneself temperate, chaste, or humble.” — C.S. Lewis

75. “Let us practice random kindness and acts of senseless beauty to all we met.” — Paul Keller

76. “Life is short but there is always time for courtesy.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

77. “Kindness begins with me.” — Anonymous

78. “Because most of us are shielded (or shield ourselves) from the unpleasant realities associated with the routine use of animals, we can maintain a view of ourselves as animal lovers by being kind to the few living animals we personally encounter. We do not usually acknowledge it, but our prevailing ethic with respect to animals comes very close to “might makes right.” — Grace Clement

79. “Kindness is a vast color that only your heart knows how to paint.” — Unknown

80. Kindness comes from your need of being needed. If you are kind, you are attracting people or animals that need you. Compassion is different. Compassion comes from your soul and first heals your own mind and your need of being needed.” — Shunya

81. “Your kindness is only for the half. The compassion that will flow from deep inside you will be for everyone: rich-poor, deer-lion, wise-unwise because they all are caught in the trap that you will have escaped.” — Shunya

82. “Give me knowledge, so that I may have kindness for all.” — Unknown

83. “There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness, and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much.” — Mother Teresa

84. “A kindly courtesy does at least save one’s feelings, even if it is not professing to stand for a welcome.” — Mark Twain

85. “Do all you can to heal others around you with your talents. Forgive those who have done you wrong, and free yourself of their weight. If you are suffering, a step in a new direction may be all you need. Heal others by healing yourself.” — Lorin Morgan-Richards

86. Kindness eases change. Love quiets fear. And a sweet and powerful positive obsession blunts pain, diverts rage, and engages each of us. In the greatest, the most intense of our chosen struggles.” — Octavia E. Butler

87. “Never be so busy as not to think of others.” — Mother Teresa

88. “Faith is a leap that must be taken over and over again, where each leap is further than the last.” — Raymond D. Longoria Jr.

89. “You will never regret being kind.” — Unknown

90. “The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and hold in esteem, and whose respect we need.” — Walt Disney

91. “Amid all the harsh words of a cruel world, let my voice speak out in tenderness. There is an inner light that must be nourished and cannot be replaced with a blind eye. Soft spirits are so much more than the simple result of hopeless romanticism. Each one is the soul of beauty and love combined.” — Erin Forbes

92. “Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou

93. “Intention is everything. Is there love in what a person says or is there underlying ill-will in their words? Intention will determine the destined outcome of any situation. The same kind words from one person can be a healing balm and from another, a sweet poison. The same harsh words from one person can be malice and from another, save a life. The intention behind the words, action, or thought is always what makes it weak or strong, effective or ineffective, healing or harmful.” — Donna Goddard

94. “The Moon has no light of its own, ANY light you see coming from the Moon is simply a reflection of the higher power shining on it, which is the Sun. If there were no Sun, the Moon would exist in utter darkness. I must be as the Moon, always realizing that without my Higher Power, I would have no light to reflect, I would know only darkness.” — Raymond D. Longoria Jr.

95. “Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always.” — Rod Williams

96. “The most high power of creation behaves much like a mirror. What you get from the mirror is what you put in front of it, good/bad, beauty/ugliness, positivity/negativity, Love/hate, judgment/acceptance. What are you putting in front of the mirror of Creation?” — Raymond D. Longoria Jr.

97. “Practice kindness seven days a week,
Spread kindness every time you speak.” — Charmaine J. Forde

98. “Grant me daily the grace of gratitude, to be thankful for all my gifts, and so be freed from artificial needs, that I might lead a joyful, simple life.” — Edward Hays

99. “The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.” — David Steindl-Rast

100. “Kindness is the key that opens the door of favour and beautiful surprises.” — Michael Bassey Johnson

101. “One of the best things you can do in your work is to show up, serve others and trust others to also work with love and kindness to create desired results.” — Richie Norton

102. “We all see the same moon in the darkness of the night
We are all human beings fighting our fight
That should be enough for us
to treat each other with kindness
Instead of with blindness.” — Lidia Longorio

103. “If a monster says hello to you, you should say hello to it. If you don’t, then I have to wonder which one of you is really the monster.” — Louis Sachar

104. “A clever person cannot be evil. A kind person is always clever. Improve your kindness by exercising your intellect, and improve your intellect by exercising your kindness and love.” — Leo Tolstoy

105. “If you see someone without a smile. Give yours.” — Dolly Parton

106. “To be kind is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks but a special heart that listens.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

107. “The planet does not need more ‘successful people.’ The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” — Dalai Lama

108. Kindness and respect go a long way. The way you treat others is how you end up being treated.” — Heather Bennett-Smallwood

109. “When we feel love and kindness
towards others, it not only makes
others feel loved and cared for,
but it helps us also to develop
inner happiness and peace.” — Dalai Lama XIV

110. “Bless my eyes to see goodness. Bless my words to speak kindness. Bless my heart to feel compassion. Bless my soul to radiate love.” — Mary Davis

111. “It’s cool to be kind.” — Unknown

112. “A kind friend is the right kind of friend.” — Unknown

113. “Not all gifts are wrapped in a box. Some gifts are just being present. Being there when it matters.” — Todd Crawshaw

114. “You don’t need a cape to be a hero. You just need to care.” — Unknown

115. “How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!” — George Elliston

116. “When the world is in a rage, find peace. When the world is lynching, show forgiveness. When it is fueled by hatred, move with compassion. When it criticizes, empathize. When the world insists on its horrors, atrocities, and fears, we must not comply—but defiantly lean into that darkness and find beauty, love, and truth.” — Drew Gerald

117. “Emma felt that she could not now show greater kindness than in listening.” — Jane Austen

118. “A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” — John Ruskin

119. “If you can be anything, be kind.” — Unknown

120. “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

121. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

122. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

123. “How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” — Morgan Freeman

124. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller

125. “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” — Frank A. Clark

126. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

127. “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” — Charlie Chaplin

128. “How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway… And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” — Anne Frank

129. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia

130. “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?” — Jean Jacques Rousseau

131. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” — Dr. Seuss

132. “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” — William Arthur Ward

133. “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Sir Winston Churchill

134. “Forget injuries; never forget kindness.” — Confucius

135. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” — Lao Tzu

136. “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin

137. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

138. “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” — Kahlil Gibran

139. “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” — Tennessee Williams

140. “The kind hand may conceal many intentions.” — Steven Redhead

141. “I used to repeat a false and destructive mantra… ‘No good deed goes unpunished.’ In truth, a good deed is a test that has been passed. And like any good teacher, the Creator makes the tests more difficult after each lesson is learned. ALL good deeds are rewarded with growth, and growth is difficult.” — Raymond D. Longoria Jr.

142. “People remember us, think of us, and speak of us for how we make them feel.” — Daniel V Chappell

143. “Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” — Leo Tolstoy

144. “I sometimes think there’s two sides to the commandment; and that we may say, ‘Let others do unto you, as you would do unto them,’ for pride often prevents our giving others a great deal of pleasure, in not letting them be kind, when their hearts are longing to help; and when we ourselves should wish to do just the same, if we were in their place. — Elizabeth Gaskell

145. “Mama says beauty of heart is much more valuable than a pretty face.” — Constance O’Banyon

146. “True Compassion is showing kindness towards animals, without expecting anything in return.” — Paul Oxton

147. “Kind words don’t cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” — Blaise Pascal

148. “We must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding. At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy. Inevitably, his weak moments come and we are able to thrust in his side the spear of defeat. But this we must not do. Every wood and deed must contribute to an understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill that have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

149. “Do not mistake kindness for ignorance. Evil is better addressed with sweetness.” — Naide P Obiang

150. “We leave you a tradition with a future. The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete. People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Your “good old days” are still ahead of you, may you have many of them.” — Sam Levenson

The list of kindness quotes for kids mentioned above will impact how children think and behave towards others. Empathy and kindness can be taught to every child with the right guidance. For example, kids pick up traits by reading books, listening to moral stories, socializing, and serving the underprivileged. Another way to impart these traits is by explaining some quotes based on kindness. This exercise will allow them to gain a deeper perspective on the way others behave and how they can positively reciprocate them in any circumstance.

Infographic: Motivational Kindness Quotes For Kids

One act of kindness can make a significant impact on someone’s life. Therefore, encouraging your children to be kind and empathetic early in life can help them in the long run. These motivational quotes on kindness could help you accomplish the task.

This infographic presents more inspirational quotes that could help cultivate kindness and compassion in your child’s heart.

Illustration: MomJunction Design Team

Illustration: Momjunction Design Team

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