World Kindness Day: 10 Quotes That Inspire Us To Be Our Best

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It is the kindness that binds us, so how can we be kinder to each other? World Kindness Day is an opportunity to reflect on how we can do better at being good. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

World Kindness Day is November 13, according to the World Kindness Movement, an organization that has gained traction for a holiday that’s all about being good to others. Embraced by a handful of governments and a lot of companies and charities, World Kindness Day is a good excuse to think about how to treat others with less judgement and more affection. More than just giving money, kindness is about giving the benefit of the doubt, a shoulder to cry on, or a company to count on.

Engaged in a random act of kindness recently? Tell us your story in the comments below. Need a little inspiration? Here are 10 quotes to lead your way to a kinder day.  

1) “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”

— Charlie Chaplin, comedian

2) “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

― Dalai Lama XIV, religious leader

3) “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”

― David Foster Wallace, author ( full speech here )

4) “Be a little kinder than you have to.”

― E. Lockhart, from her book We Were Liars

5) “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

― Og Mandino, author

6) “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

― Anne Frank (the play)

7) “Be pitiful, for every man is fighting a hard battle.”

— Ian Maclaren

8) “Those old adages - you attract more [bees] with honey; do unto others - are true. You can get attention by being acerbic or mean or making a bizarre comment. But by being nice, being empathetic, building relationships and listening, people begin to recognize that you're thoughtful and respectful of their position.”

— Shelley Moore Capito, American politician

9) “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Names Desire

10) “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.

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