You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet, philosopher (1803-1882)
We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some will inevitably fall on good ground and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others. All will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring.
– Jeremy Bentham, British philosopher, social reformer (1748-1832)
As “unkindness has no remedy at law,” let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.
– Hosea Ballou, writer, clergyman (1771-1852)
Kindness which is not inexhaustible does not deserve the name.
– Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer (1830-1916)
He who confers a favor should at once forget it. To remind a man of a kindness conferred on him, and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.
– Demosthenes, Greek statesman, orator (384-322 BC)
Trust and kindness will keep cons and cheats in business, but we can live with that. What we can’t accept is a society where suspicions and fears prevent us from being caring and compassionate.
– Michael Josephson