If there’s one thing we’ve learned recently, it’s that there’s a lack of empathy in this world. They say we should be the change we want to see, which is why we’ve put together this list of kindness quotes for kids. It’s perfect for World Kindness Day in November and all year round. Have a student read one out loud every day or hang printouts around your classroom. We’ve all faced so much in the past few years, and we’re all exhausted. Making an effort to be kind is more important than ever.

Our Favorite Kindness Quotes for Kids

Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. —Maya Angelou

Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. —Maya Angelou

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! —Anne Frank

You can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness! —Anne Frank

If you see someone without a smile, give them yours. —Dolly Parton

If you see someone without a smile, give them yours. —Dolly Parton- kindness quotes

Never be so busy as not to think of others. —Mother Teresa

Never be so busy as not to think of others. —Mother Teresa

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. —Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. —Dalai Lama

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. —Booker T. Washington

Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give. —Author unknown

Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give. —Author unknown- kindness quotes

The only way to have a friend is to be one. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to have a friend is to be one. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. —Aesop 

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. —Aesop 

Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world. —Pema Chodron

Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world. —Pema Chodron

Know what sparks the light in you, then use that light to illuminate the world. —Oprah Winfrey 

Know what sparks the light in you, then use that light to illuminate the world. —Oprah Winfrey 

Kindness is a universal language. —RAKtivist

Kindness is a universal language. —RAKtivist- kindness quotes

We rise by lifting others. —Robert Ingersoll

We rise by lifting others. —Robert Ingersoll

If you can be anything, be kind. —Author unknown

If you can be anything, be kind. —Author unknown

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. —Vincent van Gogh 

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. —Vincent van Gogh - kindness quotes

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people. —Karen Salmansohn

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people. —Karen Salmansohn

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude. —Confucius

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude. —Confucius- kindness quotes

Kind words don’t cost much. Yet they accomplish much. —Blaise Pasca

Kind words don’t cost much. Yet they accomplish much. —Blaise Pasca

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

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

Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter. —Sam Altman

Be nice to strangers. Be nice even when it doesn’t matter. —Sam Altman

Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions. —Kiana Tom

Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions.- kindness quotes —Kiana Tom

Forget injuries; never forget kindness. —Confucius

Forget injuries; never forget kindness. —Confucius

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. —Plato

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. —Plato- kindness quotes

Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary. —J.M. Barrie

Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary. —J.M. Barrie

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. —William Makepeace Thackeray

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. —William Makepeace Thackeray

What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. —Barbara Kingsolver

What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. —Barbara Kingsolver- kindness quotes

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. —William Arthur Ward

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. —William Arthur Ward

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. —Mark Twain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. —Mark Twain

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey. —Sarah Fielding

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey. —Sarah Fielding

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. —Eric Hoffer

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. —Eric Hoffer- kindness quotes

Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle. —Charles Glassman

Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle. —Charles Glassman

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. —Buddha

When words are both true and kind, they can change the world. —Buddha

For it is in giving that we receive. —Saint Francis of Assisi

For it is in giving that we receive. —Saint Francis of Assisi- kindness quotes

Extend yourself in kindness to other human beings wherever you can. —Oprah Winfrey

Extend yourself in kindness to other human beings wherever you can. —Oprah Winfrey

Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. —Anne Herbert

Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. —Anne Herbert

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. —A.A. Milne

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. —A.A. Milne

We are all neighbors. Be kind. Be gentle. —Clemantine Wamariya

We are all neighbors. Be kind. Be gentle. —Clemantine Wamariya- kindness quotes

It’s very important to choose kindness and stop bullying. —Jacob Tremblay

It’s very important to choose kindness and stop bullying. —Jacob Tremblay

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. —Joseph Joubert

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. —Joseph Joubert

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

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. —Mother Teresa- kindness quotes

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

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

Kindness is showing someone they matter. —Author unknown

Kindness is showing someone they matter. —Author unknown

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. —Conan O’Brien

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen. —Conan O’Brien

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

Always stop to think whether your fun may be the cause of another’s unhappiness. —Aesop- kindness quotes

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

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

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. —Paramahansa Yogananda

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. —Paramahansa Yogananda

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

You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself. —John Steinbeck- kindness quotes

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

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

Take time to be kind and to say “thank you.” —Zig Ziglar

Take time to be kind and to say “thank you.” —Zig Ziglar- kindness quotes

It takes strength to be kind; it’s not a weakness. —Daniel Lubetzky

It takes strength to be kind; it’s not a weakness. —Daniel Lubetzky

If you have kindness in your heart, you offer acts of kindness to touch the hearts of others wherever you go—whether they are random or planned. Kindness becomes a way of life. —Roy T. Bennett

If you have kindness in your heart, you offer acts of kindness to touch the hearts of others wherever you go—whether they are random or planned. Kindness becomes a way of life. —Roy T. Bennett

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. —Tennessee Williams

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. —Tennessee Williams

Be kind to people on the way up—you’ll meet them again on your way down. —Jimmy Durante

Be kind to people on the way up—you’ll meet them again on your way down. —Jimmy Durante- kindness quotes

The catch phrase for the day is “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.” —Harvey Ball

The catch phrase for the day is “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.” —Harvey Ball

We should model the kindness we want to see. —Brene Brown

We should model the kindness we want to see. —Brene Brown

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. —Sophocles

One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession. —Sophocles- kindness quotes

Kindness is wisdom. —Philip James Bailey

Kindness is wisdom. —Philip James Bailey

I work best when there’s a safety trampoline of kindness. —Ruth Negga

I work best when there’s a safety trampoline of kindness. —Ruth Negga

Love and kindness go hand in hand. —Marian Keyes

Love and kindness go hand in hand. —Marian Keyes- kindness quotes

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. —Evelyn Underhill

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. —Evelyn Underhill

Kindness is a sort of love without being love. —Susan Hill

Kindness is a sort of love without being love. —Susan Hill

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. —Harold Kushner

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. —Harold Kushner- kindness quotes

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 

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 

Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always. —Rod Williams

Good words bring good feelings to the heart. Speak with kindness, always. —Rod Williams

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

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. —Amelia Earhart- kindness quotes

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. —William Arthur Ward

When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. —William Arthur Ward

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. —John Holmes

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Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. —Lao Tzu

Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. —Lao Tzu- kindness quotes

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. —Kahlil Gibran

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. —Kahlil Gibran- kindness quotes

Kind hearts are the gardens. Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits. —Kirpal Singh

Kind hearts are the gardens. Kind thoughts are the roots. Kind words are the blossoms. Kind deeds are the fruits. —Kirpal Singh- kindness quotes

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. —Vincent van Gogh

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. —Vincent van Gogh

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 Chonmony

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 Chonmony

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. —Roy T. Bennett

Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind. —Roy T. Bennett- kindness quotes

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