Unkindness is an absence of kindness.
== Quotes ==
If we cannot accommodate a viewpoint in a friend without resorting to unkindness, how can we hope to heal the terrible problems of our planet? I no longer think that any principle or opinion is worth anything if it makes you unkind or intolerant.
Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase : My Climb Out of Darkness (2004).She hath tiedSharp-tooth'd unkindness, like a vulture here.
William Shakespeare, King Lear (1608), Act II, scene 4, line 136.Unkindness may do much;And his unkindness may defeat my life,But never taint my love.
William Shakespeare, Othello (c. 1603), Act IV, scene 2, line 158.In nature there's no blemish but the mind;None can be call'd deform'd but the unkind.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (c. 1601-02), Act III, scene 4, line 401.When streams of unkindness, as bitter as gall, Bubble up from the heart to the tongue, And Meekness is writhing in torment and thrall, By the hands of Ingratitude wrung, —In the heat of injustice, unwept and unfair, While the anguish is festering yet, None, none but an angel or God can declare "I now can forgive and forget."
Martin Farquhar Tupper, Forgive and Forget, lines 1-8.
=== Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations ===
Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 828.As "unkindness has no remedy at law," let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.
Hosea Ballou, MS, Sermons.My lodging it is on the cold ground, and very hard is my fare,But that which troubles me most, is the unkindness of my dear.
As it appeared in William Davenant's Rivals, an alteration of Beaumont and Fletcher's Two Noble Kinsmen. Attributed by Boosey (publishers), to John Gay.Hard Unkindness' alter'd eye, That mocks the tear it forced to flow.
Thomas Gray, Eton College, Stanza 8.Since trifles make the sum of human things,And half our misery from our foibles springs;Since life's best joys consist in peace and ease,And though but few can serve, yet all may please;Oh, let th' ungentle spirit learn from hence,A small unkindness is a great offence.
Hannah More, Sensibility.
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