Saturday, August 9, 2008

Random Act of Kindness - GBE 48


A random act of kindness is a purportedly selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual or in some cases even an animal. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities. An oft-cited example of a random act of kindness is, when paying the toll at a toll booth on a highway, to pay the toll for the vehicle behind you as well. (From Wikipedia)

They are something seen too rare these days. But when they happen to you, they can change your day for the better. I went into this thinking that it would be quite easy to find quotes about kindness. Boy, I was right. So many great quotes, I chose to show more quotes than pictures. Not every quote will have a picture, but I really hope you enjoy these. And I wish could give each and everyone of you reading this a "random act of kindness" ~ Peace


"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." ~ James Matthew Barrie

"Be generous. Give to those you love; give to those who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the unfortunate- yes, give especially to those you don't want to give. You will receive abundance for you giving. The more you give, the more will have!" ~ W Clement Stone

"To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being." ~ Sir John Lubbock


"There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those." ~ Sir John Lubbock

"Life in abundance only comes through great love." ~ Elbert Hubbard.

"Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness - both the ones you have received and the ones you have given - you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter."
~ Dawna Markova


"Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness." ~ Seneca

"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little" ~ Sydney Smith

"See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you." ~ Helen Keller


"The flower of kindness will grow. Maybe not now, but it will some day. And in that kindness will flow, for kindness grows in this way." ~ Roberta Alan

"The center of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days." ~ Stephen Jay Gould


"A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward" ~ William John Bennet

"Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; 'twas not given for thee alone, pass it on; Let it travel down the years, let it wipe another's tears, till in heaven the deed appears, pass it on"
~ Henry Burton

"The kindness and affection from the public have carried me through some of the most difficult periods, and always your love and affection have eased the journey"
~ Diana Princess of Wales


"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

"So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind, while just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs" ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Little kindness...will broaden your heart, and slowly you will habituate yourself to helping your fellow man in many ways" ~ Unknown

"Be kind — everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" ~ John Watson


"If you were busy being kind, before you knew it, you would find you'd soon forget to think 'twas true that someone was unkind to you'. If you were busy being glad, and cheering people who are sad, although your heart might ache a bit, you'd soon forget to notice it" ~ R. Foreman

"As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech"
~ Katherine Francke

"Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together" ~ Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe

"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity into smiles" ~ Washington Irving


"Giving is so often thought of in terms of the things we give, but our greatest giving is of our time, and kindness, and even comfort for those who need it. We look on these gifts as unimportant – until we need them." ~ Joyce Sequichie Hifler

"To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life" ~ Samuel Johnson

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile"
~ Mother Teresa

"If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself" ~ A. Neilen


"If someone were to pay you $.10 for every kind word you ever spoke and collect $.05 for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?" ~ Nonpareil

"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much"
~ Blaise Pascal

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again"~ William Penn

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves." ~ James M. Barrie


"One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind" ~ Malayan Proverb

"Kindness is tenderness. Kindness is love, but perhaps greater that love. Kindness is good will, kindness says 'I want you to be happy' " ~ Randolph Ray

"Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve"
~ Jacqueline Schiff


"One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession" ~ Sophocles

"Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person" ~ C. Neil Strait

"Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do" ~ Emanuel Swedenborg

"There are times that when truth and kindness conflict one ought to chose kindness, especially when a little honesty is better than a lot" ~ Leroy Jacy Syrop

"You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force"
~ Publilius Syrus


"One kind word can warm three winter months" ~ Japanese proverb

"One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, for it is usually returned" ~ Mark Ortman

"If your words are soft and sweet, they won't be as hard to swallow if you have to eat them" ~ Unknown

"Kindness has more power than compulsion" ~ Unknown


"Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can" ~ John Wesley

"The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." ~ Aesop



This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is Random Act of Kindness. The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you. If your interested just go to Alicia's Blog and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in" , that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday. Make sure you're not private though. So that everyone can read your blog.