Quotation: I believe that no characteristic is so distinctively human as the sense of indebtedness we feel, not necessarily for a favor received, but even for the slightest evidence of kindness; and there is nothing so boorish, savage, inhuman as to appear to be overwhelmed by a favor, let alone unworthy of it. Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I BELIEVE THAT NO CHARACTERISTIC IS SO DISTINCTIVELY HUMAN AS THE SENSE OF INDEBTEDNESS WE FEEL, NOT NECESSARILY FOR A FAVOR RECEIVED, BUT EVEN FOR THE SLIGHTEST EVIDENCE OF KINDNESS; AND THERE IS NOTHING SO BOORISH, SAVAGE, INHUMAN AS TO APPEAR TO BE OVERWHELMED BY A FAVOR, LET ALONE UNWORTHY OF IT.”

—Marcus Tullius Cicero

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“THE TRUE ESSENCE OF HUMANKIND IS KINDNESS. THERE ARE OTHER QUALITIES WHICH COME FROM EDUCATION OR KNOWLEDGE, BUT IT IS ESSENTIAL, IF ONE WISHES TO BE A GENUINE HUMAN BEING AND IMPART SATISFYING MEANING TO ONE'S EXISTENCE, TO HAVE A GOOD HEART.”

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“A TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS FRUIT; A MAN BY HIS DEEDS. A GOOD DEED IS NEVER LOST; HE WHO SOWS COURTESY REAPS FRIENDSHIP, AND HE WHO PLANTS KINDNESS GATHERS LOVE.”

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“KINDNESS IS POWER; THE POWER TO HELP SOMEONE, THE POWER TO MOVE SOMEONE, THE POWER TO INSPIRE SOMEONE. WHEN YOU START BY HELPING ONE PERSON WITH KINDNESS, YOU NEVER KNOW HOW FAR THAT SPARK WILL GO.”

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“KINDNESS IS SELFLESS GIVING WITH AN OPEN HEART”

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“NO ACT OF KINDNESS IS TOO SMALL. THE GIFT OF KINDNESS MAY START AS A SMALL RIPPLE THAT OVER TIME CAN TURN INTO A TIDAL WAVE AFFECTING THE LIVES OF MANY.”

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“HAPPINESS NEVER DECREASES BY BEING SHARED.”

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“KINDNESS IS A VAST COLOR THAT ONLY YOUR HEART KNOWS HOW TO PAINT.”

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“KINDNESS IS OUR VERY OWN PIXIE FAIRY DUST, IT GIVES PEOPLE THE ABILITY TO SOAR AND NOT JUST FLY.”

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““YOU HAVE A UNIQUE GIFT TO OFFER THIS WORLD. BE TRUE TO YOURSELF, BE KIND TO YOURSELF, READ AND LEARN ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT INTERESTS YOU AND KEEP AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO BRING YOU DOWN. WHEN YOU TREAT YOURSELF KINDLY AND RESPECT THE UNIQUENESS OF THOSE AROUND YOU, YOU WILL BE GIVING THIS WORLD AN AMAZING GIFT... YOU!””

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“THE IDEALS WHICH HAVE LIGHTED MY WAY, AND TIME AFTER TIME HAVE GIVEN ME NEW COURAGE TO FACE LIFE CHEERFULLY, HAVE BEEN KINDNESS, BEAUTY, AND TRUTH”

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“KINDNESS PROMOTES HARMONY AND HAPPINESS.”

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“ASK YOURSELF: HAVE YOU BEEN KIND TODAY? MAKE KINDNESS YOUR MODUS OPERANDI AND CHANGE YOUR WORLD. ”

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“KINDNESS IN WORDS CREATES CONFIDENCE. KINDNESS IN THINKING CREATES PROFOUNDNESS. KINDNESS IN GIVING CREATES LOVE”

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“KINDNESS IS BEING A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO SOMEONE ELSE WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE SUFFOCATING.”

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“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.”

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