Inspiration

Here are some wonderful words to help inspire and encourage you to treat all people with respect, empathy, compassion, and kindness (RECK), and to work to help make this century one defined by compassion. These are general quotes on a variety of topics. For quotes on specific values or topics, please check out some of our other quotes pages. We’re adding new quotes all the time, so keep checking back!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

“Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.” -Fred Rogers

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” -John Donne

“The trouble is that not enough people have come together with the firm determination to live the things which they say they believe.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.” -Elizabeth Bibesco

“I aspire to be a giver. A giver of love, a giver of good vibes, and a giver of strength.” -Unknown

“To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.” -Thomas S. Monson

“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” -Indira Gandhi, first female Indian Prime Minister

“It’s not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde, Writer, Activist & Poet

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” -L.R. Knost, Author

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“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

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” -John Ruskin

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” -Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that.” -Meryl Streep speaking as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” -Dorothy Thompson, US Journalist & Radio Broadcaster

“Kindness is a universal language regardless of age, nationality, or religion.” -Alex Ferguson

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.” -Dorothy Thompson, US Journalist & Radio Broadcaster