Quotes K

kindness knowledge


There is no traffic jam on the extra mile.

Be kind to unkind people - they need it the most.

What better wisdom is there known to man than kindness

KINDNESS, n. [1] a language that the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear

Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. --Church billboard in Louisiana

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ~Scott Adams

The courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.  - Henry Clay, 1777 - 1852

If you're naturally kind you attract a lot of people you don't like.-- William Feather

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.~ Dave Barry

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

I love thee for a heart that's kind--not for the knowledge in thy mind.--William Henry Davies (1871-1940)

You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kind words, kind looks, kind acts and warm handshakes, these are means of grace when men in trouble are fighting their unseen battles. --John Hall.

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away. -- Sir Arthur Helps

Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. Samuel Johnson

To wipe all tears from off all faces is a task too hard for mortals; but to alleviate misfortunes is often within the most limited power: yet the opportunities which every day affords of relieving the most wretched of human beings are overlooked and neglected with equal disregard of policy and goodness. -- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #107

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits,

Take care of your garden
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine
Kind words and kind deeds.

Kind words produce their own image in men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.--Blaise Pascal

I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. --William Penn (1644-1718)

A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty saying are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string. -- George D. Prentice

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

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa

If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path. Mary Webb

Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again. - John Wesley in David Jackman, The Communicators Commentary, Ruth1.

The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth


Those of you who think you know everything are very annoying to those of us who do.

Once we had wisdom,
then we had knowledge,
now it's mostly just information.

Knowing God makes us humble; knowing ourselves keeps us humble.

If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.... Japanese Proverb

The knowledge of wickedness is not wisdom. Sirach 19:22

Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle.---Woody Allen

Fear God and he will give you knowledge. (Al-Quran-2:282).

All men by nature desire to know.-Aristotle

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom.-- Francis Bacon

Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves. Josh Billings (1818-1885)

He who knows himself best esteems himself least.--Henry George Bohn (1796-1884)

With what cracked pitchers go we to deep wells In this world!-- E. B. Browning

Oh wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursel's as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
And foolish notion.
Robert Burns. 1759-1796. To a Louse.

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living and the other helps you make a life. --Sandra Carey

A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant. STEPHEN CHARNOCK

Let us not satisfy ourselves with a knowledge of God in the mass; a glance upon a picture never directs you to the discerning the worth and art of it.-STEPHEN CHARNOCK

Full wise is he that can himselven know. Chaucer The Monkes Tale. Line 1449.

One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. G.K.Chesterton

When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think.
Barry Commoner (1917-____) Webster's Electronic Quotebase

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. -- Benjamin Disraeli

Look round the habitable world, how few
Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.
-John Dryden

Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice....Practice according to what knowledge you have. This will be the way to know more...[According to Ps. 119:100] 'I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.' JONATHAN EDWARDS

If you would know anything thoroughly, teach it to others. Tryon Edwards

The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves--our weakness,errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all.--Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

He that knows least commonly presumes most. -Thomas Fuller

Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly. Andre Gide

"Know thyself"? If I knew myself I'd run away. --Goethe

And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew,/
That one small head could carry all he knew.
Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) "The Deserted Village;" of the village schoolmaster.

My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists as all. Stephen Hawking

It is better to know some of the questions than all of he answers. Aldous Huxley

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. -Thomas Henry Huxley

The great end of life is not knowledge but action. What men need is as much knowledge as they can organize for action; give them more and it may become injurious. Some men are heavy and stupid from undigested learning. Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)

A student may easily exhaust his life in comparing divines and moralists without any practical regard to morals and religion; he may be learning not to live but to reason... while the chief use of his volumes is unthought of, his mind is unaffected, and his life is unreformed. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).

Vulgar and inactive minds confound familiarity with knowledge, and conceive themselves informed of the whole nature of things, when they are shown their form or told their use.- Samuel Johnson: Idler #32

People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul.-- Carl Gustav Jung

Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge --broad, deep knowledge --is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.
Helen Keller (1880-1968) "The Story of My Life," pt. 1, ch. 20, 1903.

Restrain an inordinate desire for knowledge, in which is found much anxiety and deception. Learned men always wish to appear so, and desire recognition of their wisdom. But there are many matters, knowledge of which brings little or no advantage to the soul.
Thomas à Kempis'_The Imitation of Christ_ [c. 1420]: --Bk. 1, ch. 2: "On Personal Humility"

Oh how swiftly the glory of the world passes away! If only the lives of these men had been as admirable as their learning, their study and reading would have been to good purpose! But how many in this world care little for the service of God, and perish in their vain learning. Because they choose to be great rather than humble, they perish in their own conceit.
Thomas A' Kempis (1380-1471) The Imitation of Christ [c. 1420], bk. 1, ch. 3

What can you ever really know of other people's souls-- of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. --C. S. Lewis, _Mere Christianity_, Chapter 10

He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop. -- Sidney Smith, speaking of Thomas Babington Macaulay

Knowledge without wisdom may be soon discerned; it is usually curious and censorious. - Thomas Manton

The Tree of Knowledge grew fast by,
Knowledge of Good bought dear by knowing ill.
John Milton. 1608-1674. Paradise Lost. Book IV, 221 - 222

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
Isaac Newton, letter to Robert Hooke, 5 February 1675. It is attributed by John of Salisbury [d.1180] in his book 'Metalogicon' [III, lv, 900a] to Bernard of Chartres who said that we were quasi nanos gigantium humeris insidentes, ut possimus plura eis et remotiora videre [like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so as to be able to see more and further than them].

If I have seen further than my peers, it is because I have stood on their toes.--- 20th century computer scientist

Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainheads. -- James Northcote

To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia. MICHAEL NOVAK

Examination of the world without is never as personally painful as examination of the world within.
Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

The person who knows everything has the most to learn. Bob Phillips

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,/
With loads of learned lumber in his head.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) An Essay on Criticism.

Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.-Karl Popper

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge-- Bertrand Russell

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious. Albert Schweitzer

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.--William Shakespeare (1564-1616)_Hamlet_ [1600-1601], Act iv, Sc.5, Ln. 43

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. -- Ralph W. Sockman

Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. - George Soros

He knoweth nothing as he ought to know it, who thinketh he knoweth anything without seeing its place and the manner how it relateth to God, angels, and men, and to all the creatures in earth, heaven and hell, time and eternity. ... Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674)

I know everything except myself. François Villon. Circa 1430-1484. Autre Ballade. i.

The bare knowledge of God's will is inefficacious, it doth not better the heart. Knowledge alone is like a winter sun, which hath no heat or influence; it doth not warm the affections, or purify the conscience. Judas was a great luminary, he knew God's will, but he was a traitor.- THOMAS WATSON

Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell. THOMAS WATSON

Many a man's knowledge is a torch to light him to hell. Thou who hast knowledge of God's will, but doth not do it, wherein dost thou excel the devil, 'who transforms himself into an angel of light.'-THOMAS WATSON

When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me. John Wesley

There are two ways of spreading light: to be The candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton, "Vesalius in Zante", Artemis to Actaeon (1909)

Knowledge keeps no better than fish. - Alfred North Whitehead

The learned tradition is not concerned with truth, but with the learned adjustment of learned statements of antecedent learned people. -- Alfred North Whitehead

Only the shallow know themselves. -- Oscar Wilde

Home Page
Me and my lists| Family History| Family photos|
Christian Faith | |Pictures from Church History|Humour |
Quotes Index of Topics| quotes A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Z
Quotes by Author index| Authors A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W XYZ
Quotes of the week| these_you_have_sought_on_alt quotations|
Favorite Links


Graham Weeks

Last Modified: 3/7/05