Using a quote as motivation may seem like a cliché, but they are great reminders that help us to stay on track and true to ourselves. We all go through life learning from each other, and what better way to be a student of life than to really listen and take it all in? In times when it can be easy to see the chaos and negativity in the world, there is always more light and empathy that rises above. You just have to be open to seeing it and, sometimes, even seeking it out.
Still think it’s silly? Science even backs up the power of quotes! Media psychology expert and communications consultant Scott Sobel explains, “Humans are aspirational. We want to look up to role models and leaders and follow what they ask,” he says. “Leaders and their words–inspirational quotes–affect us on a primal level.”
As a brand built on kindness and the idea of giving back, we love to take inspiration from other figures that have brought about or continue to do good in the world. In moments of feeling low or discouraged, it’s always nice to turn to these reminders that can generate positivity. We recommend keeping some of your favorite quotes or motivational sayings handy in a notebook or journal to reflect on. It’s also fun to put little notes around your home, or even leave them behind for your spouse, kiddos, friends, and even strangers to discover.
Here are some of our favorite kindness quotes that always spark inspiration and new ideas and help us to look at things from a human perspective.
“Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.” —Cheryl Strayed
“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.
“Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” —Scott Adams
“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
“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. -Ben Carson
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” -Mother Teresa.
“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
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart
“It’s easier to take than to give. It’s nobler to give than to take. The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime. -Joan Marques
“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.” – Lady Gaga
“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
“Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting. -Brian Tracy
Take these as a starting point for going out and doing something to pay it forward. Navigating life with kindness can make all the difference, enriching your life and others.