Kindness


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Kindness

See also Generosity.
Allworthy, Squire
Tom Jones’s goodhearted foster father. [Br. Lit.: Tom Jones]
Androcles
relieves lion of thorn in paw and is repaid in arena by lion’s failure to attack him. [Rom. Lit.: Noctes Atticae, Leach, 55]
Bachelor, the
“the universal mediator, comforter, and friend.” [Br. Lit.: Old Curiosity Shop]
Bishop of Digne
gave starving Valjean food, bed, and comfort. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
Boaz
took benevolent custody of Ruth. [O.T.: Ruth 2:8–16]
Brownlow, Mr.
rescued Oliver Twist from arrest and adopted him. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Oliver Twist]
calycanthus
symbol of compassion. [Plant Symbolism: Jobes, 279]
Carey, Louisa
Philip’s loving, sensitive aunt. [Br. Lit.: Of Human Bondage, Magill I, 670–672]
Cuttle, Captain
kindly shelters runaway, Florence Dombey. [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
Evilmerodach
Babylonian king; kind to captive king, Jehoiachin. [O.T.: II Kings 25:27–29]
Finn, Huckleberry
refuses to turn in Jim, the fugitive slave. [Am. Lit.: Huckleberry Finn]
Francis of Assisi, St.
(1182–1226) patron saint and benevolent protector of animals. [Christian Hagiog.: Hall, 132]
Friday’s child
loving and giving. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 309]
Glinda
the “Good Witch”; Dorothy’s guardian angel. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 780]
Good Samaritan
helps out man victimized by thieves and neglected by other passers-by. [N.T.: Luke 10:30–35]
heart
symbol of kindness and benevolence. [Heraldry: Halberts, 30]
Hood, Robin
helps the poor by plundering the rich. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
Jesus Christ
kind to the poor, forgiving to the sinful. [N.T.: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John]
Joseph of Arimathaea
retrieved Christ’s body, enshrouded and buried it. [N.T.: Matthew 27:57–61; John 19:38–42]
Kuan Yin
goddess of mercy. [Buddhism: Binder, 42]
La Creevy, Miss
spinster painter of miniatures who devoted herself to befriending the Nicklebys. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Nicholas Nickleby]
lemon balm
symbol of compassion. [Herb Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 164]
Merrick, Robert
doing good to others as raison d’être. [Am. Lit.: The Magnificent Obsession, Magill I, 547–549]
Nereus
venerable sea god of great kindliness. [Gk. Myth.: Century Classical, 744–745]
Old Woman of Leeds
“spent all her time in good deeds.” [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose, 97]
ox
exhibits fellow-feeling for comrades. [Medieval Animal Symbolism: White, 77–78]
Peggotty, Daniel
kindhearted bachelor who shelters niece and nephew. [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
Philadelphia
“city of brotherly love.” [Am. Hist.: Hart, 651]
Rivers, St. John
takes starving Jane Eyre into his home. [Br. Lit.: Jane Eyre]
Rodolph, Grand Duke
helps criminals and the poor to a better life. [Fr. Lit.: Sue The Mysteries of Paris in Magill I, 632]
Romola
cares lovingly for her blind father, provides for her husband’s mistress and children, and is kind to all who suffer. [Br. Lit.: George Eliot Romola]
St. Martin
in midwinter, gave his cloak to a freezing beggar. [Christian Hagiog.: Brewer Dictionary]
Strong, Doctor
“the kindest of men.” [Br. Lit.: David Copperfield]
throatwort
indicates sympathy. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
Veronica, St.
from pity, offers Christ cloth to wipe face. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 334]
Vincent de Paul, St.
French priest renowned for his charitable work. [Christian Hagiog.: NCE, 2896]
Wenceslas, St.
Bohemian prince noted for piety and generosity. [Eur. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1147]
References in classic literature ?
His kindness to his little cousin was consistent with his situation and rights: he made her some very pretty presents, and laughed at her.
Price: he assisted her liberally in the education and disposal of her sons as they became old enough for a determinate pursuit; and Fanny, though almost totally separated from her family, was sensible of the truest satisfaction in hearing of any kindness towards them, or of anything at all promising in their situation or conduct.
He believed in kindness. He also contended that better confidence was established by carrying no weapons.
"I grant that precaution is necessary in dealing with them," Joan agreed; "but I believe that more satisfactory results can be obtained by treating them with discreet kindness and gentleness."
"At first we made the mistake of indiscreet kindness. We tried to rule by persuasion and fair treatment.
I will trust to your own kindness of heart when I am at a distance from you." But this, with the look of sorrow accompanying it, was enough to melt Catherine's pride in a moment, and she instantly said, "Oh, Eleanor, I will write to you indeed."
Catherine had never thought on the subject till that moment, but, upon examining her purse, was convinced that but for this kindness of her friend, she might have been turned from the house without even the means of getting home; and the distress in which she must have been thereby involved filling the minds of both, scarcely another word was said by either during the time of their remaining together.
From your lips first have I heard the voice of kindness directed towards me; I shall be forever grateful; and your present humanity assures me of success with those friends whom I am on the point of meeting.'
THE Last Prophet (PBUH) taught love, kindness and compassion to his people, and was seen to be the most loving, kind, and compassionate of all of them.
but, oh, if only you had the right to be born, we would have enlightened you to these virtues of kindness, tolerance and anti-bullying."
RAWALPINDI -- The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has set up a Wall of Kindness on the Murree Road adjacent Liaquat Bagh to help the poor students.
In keeping with the spirit of Ramadan, Instagram MENA is launching its first ever Ramadan campaign #MonthOfGood calling on the global community to celebrate and share kindness on its platform.