Kindness counts for a lot these days. Everyone is busy. Everyone is tied up. And everyone is doing the best they can. Which means that small, random acts of kindness can go a long way in lifting someone’s mood, or even their day.

It doesn’t take much – an ounce of patience, a little smile, or a kind word can make the biggest difference in our lives. Here are ten inspiring thoughts on what it means to live with kindness as a priority.

  1. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up”
    – John Holmes


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


  3. “The greatest gift is a portion of thyself”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  4. “Men are only as great as they are kind”
    – Elbert Hubbard


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


  6. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”
    – Oscar Wilde


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


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


  9. “Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others”
    – Buddha


  10. “Don’t wait for people to be friendly… show them how”
    – Unknown