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  • 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