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Happiness is a choice

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett

“It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.” – John Steinbeck

“Kindness trumps greed: it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear: it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.” – Marc Estrin

“I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them.” – Brigitte Bardot

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

“There is something akin to freedom in having a lover who has no control over you, except that which he gains by kindness and attachment.” – Harriet Ann Jacobs

“It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.” – Josh Radnor

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.” – Amit Ray

“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

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” – Frank A. Clark 

“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

“I don’t worry about people misinterpreting my kindness for weakness.” – Jason Bateman

“We must not mistake kindness for weakness. Kindness isn’t weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength.” – Jim Rohn

“I am a little bit of a softie, yes. Actually I don’t think it’s softness, I think it’s kindness.” – Len Goodman

“It is sometimes difficult to view compassion and loving kindness as the strengths they are.” – Sharon Salzberg

“Sometimes people don’t trust the force of kindness. They think love or compassion or kindness will make you weak and kind of stupid and people will take advantage of you; you won’t stand up for other people.” – Sharon Salzberg

“Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.” – Unknown

“It’s unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn’t have to say this, but I really like human beings who have suffered. They’re kinder.” – Emma Thompson

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