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150 Short Kindness Quotes For Kids & Students

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Kindness moves the world.

But these days, social media and selfies take the spotlight in our kids’ lives. Kindness quotes for kids will help! They inspire compassion and empathy. And they remind our young ones that life is about more than a few “likes.” It’s deeper and more interesting when you reach out to others.

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Below you’ll find kindness quotes for toddlers to teens. (And adults will love these too!)

Kids Kindness Quotes For Preschoolers & Kindergarten

First, these kindness quotes for kids are short and sweet. They’re exactly what little ones need!

1. “If you see someone without a smile, give them yours” -Dolly Parton

2. “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”Unknown

3. “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” Maya Angelou

4. “Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine.” –Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

5. “To kindness and love, the things we need most!” –The Grinch

6. “You don’t need a cape to be a hero. You just need to care.”Kid President

7. “Color the world with kindness.”Unknown

8. “Kindness begins with me.”RAKTIVIST

9. Throw kindness around like confetti.– Kid President

10. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. “You will never have a completely bad day if you show kindness at least once.”– Greg Henry Quinn

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12. “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. “Always be a little kinder than necessary.” James M. Barrie

14. “The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.” – Nishan Panwar

15. “A kind word is like a spring day.”Russian proverb

16. “A person’s a person no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who

17. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker T. Washington

18. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”Dr. Seuss

19. “Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.” – Unknown

20. “Sometimes the smallest thing takes up the most room in your heart.” – Winnie the Pooh

21. “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” — Jackie Chan

22. “Kindness is love in action.”Unknown

23. “Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always.” -Rod Williams

24. “It’s cool to be kind.” –Unknown

25. “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” – John Templeton

Kids Kindness Quotes For the Classroom

The following kindness quotes for students are perfect for teachers to display around the classroom or school.

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26. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

27. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Unknown

28. “If you can’t think of anything nice to say, you’re not thinking hard enough.” Kid President

29. “If you have the power to make someone happy, DO IT. The world needs more of that.” Unknown

30. “Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.”

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31. “Choose being kind over being right and you’ll be right every time.” Richard Carlson

32. “Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.”Charles Glassman

33. “To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.” —Liz Armbruster

34. “How beautiful a day can be, when kindness touches it!”George Elliston

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35. “If you think someone could use a friend, be one.” – unknown

36. “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.”Jesse Jackson

37. “If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.” –Martin Kornfield

38. “Have courage and be kind. Where there is kindness there is goodness, and where there is goodness there is magic.” – Disney’s Cinderella

39. “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound.” – Unknown

40. “Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.”Dr. Seuss

41. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward

42. “Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams

43. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu

44. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

45. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca

46. “Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” Anne Herbert

47. “The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” – Hada Bejar

48. “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”Blaise Pascal

49. “Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody.” – Robby Novak

50. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead

Kindness Quotes For Kids By Famous People

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51. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how  you made them feel.”Maya Angelou

52. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”The 14th Dalai Lama

53. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” –Mark Twain

54. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” –Mr. Rogers

55. “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

56. “We should model the kindness we want to see.” –Brene Brown

57. “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”Shakespeare

58. “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.” —Tommy Lee Jones

59. “Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.”Plato

60. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”Jane Goodall

61. “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.”Audrey Hepburn

62. “How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” Morgan Freeman

63. “Kindness gives birth to kindness.” Sophocles

64. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank

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65. “When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.”Buddha

66. “I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.” Roald Dahl

67. “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Amelia Earhart

68. “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.”Maya Angelou

69. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”Mother Teresa

70. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” -Vincent Van Gogh

71.”You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” — John Steinbeck

72. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

73. “What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. Love. We all lean towards love.”Richard Gere

74. Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.” – John D. Rockefeller

75. “Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and will be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away.”Abraham Lincoln

Teach Your Kids to Be Kind Sayings

Next, these kindness quotes for kids help teach what it means to be compassionate.

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76. “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” —Harold S. Kushner

77. “A part of kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” Joseph Joubert

78. “Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” —Andrew Iskander

79. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” —Princess Diana

80. “In a world where so many are throwing bricks on others, be the one who builds bridges with them.”Emma Xu

81. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”Leo Buscaglia

82. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu

83. “Kind words are like honey: sweet to the soul.”Proverbs 16:24

84. “Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.”Joseph Wirthlin

85. “Be kind to yourself. You’re doing your best. Don’t let your inner critic tell you what you should and shouldn’t feel. You’re only human.”Nicole Marie B

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86. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”Kahlil Gibran

87. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” –Bob Kerrey

88. “Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness.”Aesop

89. “Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” –Unknown

90. “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” –Frank A. Clark

91. “All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors–in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.” –Mr. Rogers

92. “To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind.” –Shannon L Alder

93. “Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”Eric Hoffer

94. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”Steve Maraboli

95. “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”Jean-Jacques Rousseau

96. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” —Bob Kerrey

97. “Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.” —Joseph B. Wirthlin

98. “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”Barbara De Angelis 

99. “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.” – Henry James

100. “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” -William Arthur Ward

101. “Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes, those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.” -Unknown

102. “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”  – Mary Anne Radmacher

103. “Kindness is an electrical spark of life that runs through all kingdoms and has a reciprocal action when shown to others.”Joe Hayes

104. “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” – Paulo Coelho

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105. “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” -Harold Kushner

106. “Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.” -Pema Chodron

107. “Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits.” -Kirpal Singh

108. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” – Dale Carnegie

109. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”John Bunyon

110. “Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.” – Unknown

111. “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you lived and lived well.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

112. “The very nature of kindness is to spread. If you are kind to others, today they will be kind to you, and tomorrow to somebody else.” – Sri Chinmoy

113. “Know what sparks the light in you, then use that light to illuminate the world” 

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114. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

115. “Bring love wherever you go. Shine light wherever it is dark. Leave blessings wherever you have been. Be kind wherever you are.” – Mary Davis

116. “I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them.” – Brigitte Bardot

117. “Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness.– Holly Branson

118. “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” – Henry David Thoreau

119. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” – Roy T. Bennett

120. “To the world, you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” -Dr. Seuss

121. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”– Mother Teresa

122. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

123. “Simple kindness may be the most vital key to the riddle of how human beings can live with each other in peace and care properly for this planet we all share.” —Bo Lozoff

124. “We may all come on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now.” Martin Luther King Jr.

125. “That best portion of a man’s life, is little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth

More Quotes to Inspire Kindness

And finally, these kids quotes on kindness make you feel good. And will inspire you to help others feel good too.

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126. “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”James Matthew Barrie

127. “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” –Saint Basil

128. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”Robert Louis Stevenson

129. “The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.” Maya Angelou

130. “Goodness is about character–integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” –Dennis Prager

131. “Give yourself some kindness today until you’re filled and pass it on.” –Lori Hil

132. “Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.” Cheryl Strayed

133. “Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” —Andrew Iskander

134. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” —Henry van Dyke (See inspiring gratitude quotes here)

135. “Every day, some act of kindness comes my way, even if it’s just someone opening the door. It happens every day if you keep an eye out for it. Keeping an eye out, that’s the key.” – Aaron Neville

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

137. “When you callously ignore the suffering of others, you lose the capacity to share their happiness, too.”Albert Schweitzer

138. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

139. “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.” -Paramahansa Yogananda.

140. “Kindness is a universal language.” -RAKtivist

141. “Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.” -Confucius

142. “You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” —Publilius Syrus

143. “Keep shining beautiful one. The world needs your light.” – Unknown

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144. “Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.”Amelia Barr

145. “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” – Albert Schweitzer

146. “Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” Wes Angelozzi

147. “Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” – Adam Lindsay Gordon

148. “It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn’t matter. Because I think it’s pretty much the only thing that matters.” – Josh Radnor

149. “Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

150. “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone.”Sam Levenson

To Consider With Kindness Quotes For Kids

These kids kindness quotes are just words. But words inspire action, and that’s where the real beauty lies.

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