Susan Sontag on Mercy

10 percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction.

~ Susan Sontag

Thomas Cranmer on Kindness

I pray you learn and bear well away this one lesson, To do good to all men as much as in you lieth, and to hurt no man, no more than you would hurt your own natural and loving brother or sister.

~ Thomas Cranmer

Matt Haig on Kindness

You have no control over who people think you are. So don’t worry about it. If they want to hate some fictional version of you that exists in their mind, let them. Don’t exhaust yourself winning over people you can’t win over. Go where the kindness is.

Matt Haig

Marcus Aurelius on Virtue

“And then you might see what the life of the good man is like—someone content with what nature assigns him, and satisfied with being just and kind himself.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

Tommy Lee Jones on Politeness

“Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused.”

~ Tommy Lee Jones