Sermon quotes on kindness


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.


He who plants kindness gathers love.

Lewis Carroll

I have had prayers answered – most strangely so sometimes – but I think our Heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.

The Selected Letters of Lewis Carroll.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.

Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship: A Novel


Henry James

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.

Quoted in Leon Edel, Henry James: A Life, vol V: The Master 1901-1916 (1972).



Max Lucado

The kindness of Jesus. We are quick to think of his power, his passion, and his devotion. But those near him knew and know God comes cloaked in kindness

A Love Worth Giving

New York Evangelist

Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.


John Ruskin

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

Selections from the Writings of John Ruskin, 1871, p.344.

Albert Schweitzer

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

The Teaching of Reverence for Life

Hudson Taylor

Wave after wave of trial rolled over us; but at the end of the year some of us were constrained to confess, that we had learned more of the loving-kindness of the Lord than in any previous year of our lives.

Quoted in A.J. Broomhall, Hudson Taylor and China’s Open Century, Book Five: Refiner’s Fire”, 1985.

Mark Twain

Kindness is a language that deaf people can hear and that blind people can see.

Bite-Size Twain: Wit and Wisdom from the Literary Legend, St. Martin’s Press.


Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

Bite-Size Twain: Wit and Wisdom from the Literary Legend, St. Martin’s Press.

William Arthur Ward

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

Al Capone

You can get more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a gun alone.

Gayle Somers

All the cards in the deck of revelation about God’s mercy and kindness are stacked in favor of the unthinkable.

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