the necessity of kindness

pathwriter’s note: To say that I’m dismayed by the mean-spirited rhetoric being tossed around these days with regard to the elections would be an understatement. I’m pretty much on a “news diet” as a result. Today, after inadvertently reading about a particularly nasty, disrespectful, demeaning comment, I hit a wall. I decided the only antidote was a blast of kindness, so here are a few quotes to help drive back the darkness….

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
~George Sand

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
~Mother Teresa

There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.
~Anna Sewell

I like how Mother Teresa put it: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile.” If you approach life this way, always looking for ways to build instead of to tear down, you’ll be amazed at how much happiness you can give to others and find for yourself.
~Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

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 Delano Roosevelt

Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.
― Richard Carlson

Be kind. It’s worthwhile to make an effort to learn about other people and figure out what you might have in common with them.
~Viggo Mortensen

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.
~Annie Lennox

Kindness is for all times in all situations – not just when it suits you.
~Audray Landrum

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5 thoughts on “the necessity of kindness

  1. Couldn’t agree more. I watched about 15 minutes of the first presidential debate and haven’t watched any since. I also have to stay off of all social networking sites for the 48 hours following a debate. People go crazy! Thanks for posting these beautiful quotes.

    • I’m glad you liked the quotes. :)

      My social media strategy was to announce on Facebook that I was going to hide my friends who were posting a lot of political stuff until after the election. I assured them that I wasn’t going to block them or unfriend them, just hide their posts. It’s amazing how much more pleasant going on Facebook has been since I did that. I don’t really do Twitter, so that wasn’t a problem.

  2. I hear you and feel the same. I’ll be glad when it’s over and done. It would be such a better race if the candidates told us what they stood for and how they plan on leading effectively.

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