Definitions: (1) disposed to be helpful and solicitous; gentle and considerate; good and tenderhearted; friendly; generous; (2) affectionate; loving; agreeable; (3) inclined to offer sympathetic relief; willing to give pleasure; (4) able to put up with abuse; (5) clement; not quick to lash out; forbearing

Synonyms: affable, courteous, fair, nice, polite

• Perfect kindness acts without thinking of kindness. — Lao-tse (c. 6th Century bc) Chinese Philosopher

• [Tollydiggle:] It is kindness that makes one strong and brave. — L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Symbols: 1) the dolphin; 2) the elephant {Kind, Compassionate, and Loving} (Hindu)