Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
* Mikhail Bakunin
When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.
* Willa Cather
Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.
* George Eliot
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
* Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks.
* Thomas Fuller
Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.
* P. D. James
When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.
* W. Somerset Maugham
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 D. Roosevelt
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
* Tennessee Williams
That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love
* William Wordsworth