33 Heartwarming Generosity and Kindness Quotes to Inspire You

Our world needs more KINDNESS — and it can start with us! As Bob Kerrey says, “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” These 33 heartwarming generosity and kindness quotes will inspire you to be a difference maker through acts of kindness and generosity!

Throughout the pages of Sassy Sister Stuff you will find a large collection of inspirational quotes and words of wisdom about LIFE. There are quotes about a variety of topics related to personal growth, wellness, happiness, mindset, self-love, adventure, and much more. I invite you to take a look around and share your thoughts!

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“Kindness — It costs nothing but means everything.”

Heartwarming Generosity and Kindness Quotes

These heartwarming generosity and kindness quotes should help inspire you to be more kind and generous in your everyday life. You can even start a movement of change by performing simple Random Acts of Kindness.

When you perform a random act of kindness — such as paying for a stranger’s morning coffee — they often Pay It Forward. You began a chain reaction that’s like a wave that keeps rolling. Kindness becomes a movement.

Have you ever held a door open for someone? That person will typically hold a door open for the next person — and so on. Your simple act of kindness encourages more kindness in the world and sets an example for others.

Generosity is similar to kindness — but it includes giving your time and attention to others who might be in need. It may also include contributing to the welfare of others. We will discuss the minor differences between generosity and kindness in the next section, but all of these generosity and kindness quotes will help you see the similarities that make both of these qualities virtues of a good person.

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“No one is self-sufficient. And it’s not a one-way thing. The generosity of spirit from one side provokes a response in kind from the other side.”
~ Desmond Tutu

What’s the Difference in Generosity and Kindness?

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, considerate and generous while generosity refers to someone’s willingness to give extra help or money, especially more than typically necessary or expected. Although they are very similar in nature, they do not necessarily go hand-in-hand.

You can be kind without being generous, and you can be generous without being kind. However, you can find various opinions about this issue. I say, does it matter? Either way, being kind and/or generous can have a positive impact on others.

Kind and generous people are altruistic (possessing a selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish). They will go out of their way to help others in many different ways.

If you are generous, it means you willingly give something or things to others, without wanting anything in return. You might be generous with concrete things like food or money, or you might be generous with your time.

If you are kind, you are helpful, thoughtful, considerate of other people’s feelings. Aren’t these two character traits very similar?

Giving, not receiving, makes for kind and generous people.

Both kindness and generosity are virtues we should try to cultivate. People who are kind and generous will go out of their way to help others. 

As you can see, there are slight differences between kindness and generosity, but they are both character traits that are admirable.

Be kind and generous, my friends!

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“Kindness is free — sprinkle that stuff everywhere!”

Generosity and Kindness Quotes: Generosity

There are so many ways to demonstrate generosity toward others. The very definition of the word is an act of unselfish givingthe willingness to give or share; the quality of being kind and understanding.

Some folks think that generosity involves money and material things that can be shared or given away. However, keep in mind that generosity also includes giving of your time, attention, and compassion. This might even be the kind of generous behavior that can make a grand difference to someone with an emotional need.

Below you will find some of my favorite quotes and words of wisdom about acts of generosity. I especially like the one by Danielle LaPort, “Make generosity a part of your growth strategy.” I think it’s a profound thought!

Use this collection of generosity quotes to inspire you, my friends!

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“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” ~ Simon Wells
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“Make generosity a part of your growth strategy.” ~ Danielle LaPort
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“Generosity is love in action.” ~ Harold W Becker
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“Minds, nevertheless, are not conquered by arms, but by love and generosity.” ~ Baruch Spinoza
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“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.” ~ Pete Seeger
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“Money is but one venue for generosity. Kindness is an even more valuable currency.” ~ Alan Cohen
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“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli
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“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” ~ Frank A Clark
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“Do all the good you can… by all the means you can… in all the ways you can… in all the places you can… at all the times you can… to all the people you can… as long as ever you can.” ~ John Wesley
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“Generosity: We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill
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“Generosity: The habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return.”
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“Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ~ Ben Carson
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“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
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“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ~ John Bunyan
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“Generosity: the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return.”

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Generosity and Kindness Quotes: Kindness

KINDNESS doesn’t cost a penny and is so easy to share — just like SMILES! A simple meaning of kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

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It’s really simple — BE KIND.

Why is kindness important? Have you ever noticed when you practice simple acts of kindness that you experience positive mental and physical changes? You actually lower your stress level and increase your body’s production of feel-good hormones (ie: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin). You feel more energetic and happy.

You can show kindness through empathy, acceptance, kind gestures, thoughtfulness, smiles — the possibilities are endless. Kindness can mean different things to different people but it makes people around you feel good. And it also improves your quality of life.

Kind people also tend to be more positive people. They appreciate the little things in life and want to share happiness with others without expecting anything in return.

If we are all focused on being kind, we are creating a big movement of change. You’ve probably heard the famous quote, “be the change you wish the see in the world”? That quote isn’t just about change, and it isn’t only about one person being able to change their world. It’s also about intentionally creating a movement in which the world become a kinder world starting with just one person being KIND.

You can be that one person! But don’t forget to be KIND to yourself, also!

Use this collection of kindness quotes to inspire you, my friends!

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“Kindness us like spreading sunshine into the world regardless of the weather.”
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“Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.”
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“Use your voice for kindness… your ears for compassion… your hands for generosity… your mind for gratitude… and your heart for love.” ~ Susan Ballinger
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“When in doubt, err on the side of kindness.” ~ Jack St Clair
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“Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.” ~ Amelia Barr
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“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” ~ Unknown
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“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama
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Bee Kind
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“In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.”
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“Remember to be kind, be thankful, be humble, be generous. You should be harboring these traits daily to find your authentic happiness and peace.”
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“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
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“There’s nothing more beautiful than a person who chooses to be kind in the face of unkindness.” ~ Jennifer Williamson
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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

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Final Thoughts: Generosity and Kindness Quotes to Inspire You

In conclusion, generosity and kindness are two of the most important traits a person can possess. They make the world a better place and can brighten someone’s day.

If you are ever feeling down, try doing something kind for someone else and see how it makes you feel. I think you’ll find that it helps you feel better when you help others. Being generous and kind can have a positive impact on both the giver and the receiver.

It is always important to be mindful of the impact your words and actions have on others, and to spread as much kindness and generosity as you can to help make the world a better place.

I hope you’ve found these generosity and kindness quotes inspirational. It’s really rather easy to be kind — it doesn’t take much to hold a door open for someone, or carry a bag of groceries to the car for an elderly person, or even smile at someone and wish them a great day! These are simple, but kind actions, that can make a difference to another person. Plus, remember they help both the giver and receiver feel good!

Generosity also makes the giver and receiver feel good! It is a two-way HAPPY street! Think of giving your time one Sunday afternoon serving the homeless at a soup kitchen! Or contributing a monetary donation to someone who has lost their home to a fire. You’ve made people feel loved in their time of need. And surely it gives you warm fuzzies to know you’ve helped!

So let’s all try to be more kind and generous to those around us! It’ll help everyone feel happier and make the world a better place! Be the change you want to see in the world! Be a difference-maker!

Love to ALL! ~ Susan

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  1. This must have taken some putting together. My favourite quote is the one about being kind to unkind people because they need it the most. It is so true – albeit hard to practice with adults.

    1. Hi Molly! Yes, I agree… with adults, it is especially hard! All we can do is try our best, right? Thank you for the feedback! Nice to e-meet you from across the pond! xoxo:)

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