I blame Annie.
It’s day two of the rule of threes, kids!
Confession: while I was trawling the winternet for three posts with the word ‘three’ in them, I found the following image and chose to use the quote because of it. Fortunately I quite like the quote too. It’s winter down here in the southern hemisphere, so that part works as well. (Yes, winter months can be cold here too, just ask rg.)
There’s a variation of the proverb, which says, “One kind word can warm three snowy peaks”.
And kindness… the older I get, the more I appreciate it. Genuine kindness is a trait that shines quietly from unassuming people who don’t even want any recognition for it. That kind of kind person doesn’t make any visible effort, it’s just who and what they are. There’s no way of spotting them, beyond kindness. Whenever I’ve been the recipient of it, a little corner of my coal black heart has glowed a little.
After reading proverbs about kindness from all over the world, I think they say a lot about the various societies. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions (and if you feel like typing them too, I’d love to hear your thoughts).
Kindness can pluck the whiskers of a lion. (Moroccan proverb)
By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness (Nigerian proverb)
Gold is a debt we can repay, but kindness not till our dying day. (Malawian proverb)
Listen with kindness for a clear explanation. (Egyptian proverb)
Kindness does not go rotten. (Swahili proverb)
Kindness is the beginning and the end of the law. (Hebrew proverb)
The greatest wisdom of all is kindness. (Hebrew proverb)
With a sweet tongue of kindness, you can drag an elephant by a hair. (Persian proverb)
Kindness breaks no bones. (German proverb)
Kindnesses, like grain, increase by sowing. (German proverb)
A forced kindness deserves no thanks. (Italian proverb)
Honesty and kindness enhance every beauty. (Sicilian proverb)
Kindnesse cannot be bought for geir. (Scottish proverb)
Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindnesses. (Irish proverb)
He that asketh a courtesy promiseth a kindness. (English proverb)
Kindness brings happiness. (English proverb)
Write injuries in dust, But kindnesses in marble. (French proverb)
Kindness begets kindness. (Greek proverb)
He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. (Spanish proverb)
A word of kindness is better than a bottle of vodka. (Russian proverb)
A kindness bestowed on the good is never thrown away. (Latin proverb)
He suffocates me with kindness. (Latin proverb)
How quickly with all is a kindness forgotten. (Latin proverb)
One ill behaviour may cause others to forget the kindness we’ve done. (Indonesian proverb)
Do not forget little kindnesses and do not remember small faults. (Chinese proverb)
Better do a kindness near home than go far to burn incense. (Chinese proverb)
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. (Chinese proverb)
Kindness will never be wasted in any way. (Japanese proverb)
One kindness is the price of another. (Japanese proverb)
Kindness is more binding than a loan. (American proverb)
Stupidity closes the doors of kindness. (Mexican proverb)
Now I gotta nominate three people to do the same (using any quotes though, they don’t have to include the word three).
and anyone else who’s ambivalent or ambidextrous, or both.
PS somewhere along the way, I found this very lovely quote that talks about kindness without using the word. Rawr.
“It is raining still… Maybe it is not one of those showers that is here one minute and gone the next, as I had so boldly assumed. Maybe none of them are. After all, life in itself is a chain of rainy days. But there are times when not all of us have umbrellas to walk under. Those are the times when we need people who are willing to lend their umbrellas to a wet stranger on a rainy day. I think I’ll go for a walk with my umbrella.” (Sun-Young Park)