In our opinion, "goodness" is the closest synonym to "kindness". Good people show kindness to others, while indifferent people show antipathy. In today's world, pure kindness is becoming less prevalent. People give money to charity, but claim a tax deduction. People exercise their kindness, but expect to be repaid in the future. What we really have is conditional kindness or reciprocity. Of course, there are still many people who are genuinely kind and caring.
"A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve." Joseph Joubert
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." Lao Tzu
"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
"Most of us show kindness to others at least a dozen times in our lives. The difference is to whom we show it."
"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Mark Twain
"The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer." Mahatma Gandhi
"There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world." Mary Anne Radmacher
"Nothing carries more potential for change than individual acts of human kindness." Jamie Winship
"If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway." Mother Teresa
"People have grown to be very hesitant about showing their kindness to others; they often bargain favors for reasonable returns." Simon N.