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Over 150 Thought Provoking Kindness Quotes

Kindness will never go out of fashion. You simply don’t know what difference you can make in someone else’s life with just a few moments out of your day. Not only that, it feels good! Sharing these quotes is a good place to start if you are looking to improve in this area.

Kindness Quotes For Kids

Perhaps no one benefits as much from kindness as a child. By teaching him or her about this important value early on in life, you will be doing a service to the rest of the world. Reading these quotes together is a good starting point.
Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
Margaret Mead

What this world needs is a new kind of army – the army of the kind.
Cleveland Amory

The simple act of caring is heroic.
Edward Albert


No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.
Henry James

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.
Harold Kushner

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.
Pablo Casals

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
Steve Maraboli

Always be a little kinder than necessary.
James M. Barrie

A kind word is like a Spring day.
Russian Proverb

Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

A person who does things that count, doesn’t usually stop to count them.

A sensitive soul sees the world through the lens of love.

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.
Amelia Earhart

As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.
Mary Anne Radmacher

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.
Marian Wright Edelman

Kindness Quotes From The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama may well be the embodiment of kindness. So he is more than qualified to tell us about how to cultivate the quality and explain to us its significance. Get inspired with a selection of his quotes.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.
Dalai Lama

Conversion is not my intention. Changing religion is not easy. You may develop some kind of confusion or difficulties.
Dalai Lama

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
Dalai Lama

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.
Dalai Lama

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
Dalai Lama

One of the basic points is kindness. With kindness, with love and compassion, with his feeling that is the essence of brotherhood, sisterhood, one will have inner peace. This compassionate feeling is the basis of inner peace.
Dalai Lama

The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
Dalai Lama

The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred.
Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Dalai Lama

Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.
Dalai Lama

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama

More fundamental than religion is our basic human spirituality. We have a basic human disposition towards love, kindness and affection, irrespective of whether we have a religious framework or not. When we nurture this most basic human resource – when we set about cultivating those basic inner values which we all appreciate in others, then we start to live spiritually.
Dalai Lama

Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
Dalai Lama

As long as we observe love for others and respect for their rights and dignity in our daily lives, then whether we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in the Buddha or God, follow some religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.
Dalai Lama

Mentally, physically and emotionally we are the same.

We each have the potential to good and bad and to be overcome by disturbing emotions such as anger, fear, hatred, suspicion and greed. These emotions can be the cause of many problems.

On the other hand if you cultivate loving kindness, compassion and concern for others, there will be no room for anger, hatred and jealousy.

Dalai Lama

Peace starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
Dalai Lama

Quotes On Why Kindness Matters

Deep down, we all know kindness is of the utmost importance. Let these quotes remind you just how significant it really is. It is the first step in practicing it every day.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Princess Diana

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
Dennis Prager

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Saint Basil

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao Tzu

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Og Mandino

We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.
Paul Bloom

Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.


A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
John Ruskin

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Barbara De Angelis

What matters are those ordinary acts of kindness and of love, not vaulting ambition with its attendant hubris and smugness.
Michael Dirda

Only kindness matters. We are God’s hands.

In the end only kindness matters.

Kindness it is that brings forth kindness always.

It really shocks me when I encounter people who think kindness doesn’t matter. Because I think it’s pretty much the only thing that matters.
Josh Radnor

Such simple and steady acts of kindness are the essence of love, the substance of life. All of us need love; all of us want love. Everything else is a consolation prize. What matters is love.
Lloyd D. Newell

Money is but one venue for generosity. Kindness is an even more valuable currency.
Alan Cohen

In the end, what really matters? Only kindness. Only making somebody a little happier for your presence.
Nancy Horan

All the work I do is built on a foundation of loving-kindness. Love illuminates matters.
Bell Hooks

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

Quotes About Kindness As A Weakness

Kindness is too often mistaken for weakness as the following quotes demonstrate. Let them help you remember this important distinction and keep you from judging someone else unfairly or hastily.
Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.
Al Capone

Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance and my kindness for weakness.

There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.
Josh Jameson

Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness
Don’t mistake my love for ignorance
Don’t confuse my accepting for condoning
Choosing the wrong path with me will provide you with the direction right out of my life.

Being nice to someone you dislike doesn’t mean you’re fake, it means you are mature enough to control your emotions.

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
Robert Tew

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations.
Joquesse Eugenia

Take very little notice on those people who choose to treat you poorly. It is how they are defining their story not yours.
Lei Wah

It is okay to be angry. It is never okay to be cruel.

People just take your kindness for weakness sometimes, and that’s just the bottom line.
Ruben Studdard

I don’t worry about people misinterpreting my kindness for weakness.
Jason Bateman

If someone mistakes your kindness for weakness, that’s their fault – not yours. And it’s OK to be a decent human being in this life.
Jeremy Piven

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.
Khalil Gibran

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

We must not mistake kindness for weakness. Kindness isn’t weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength.
Jim Rohn

Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Mother Teresa

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
Hubert H. Humphrey

There is an age-old proverb that really does hold true in every area of life – in relations between nations and right down to the most subtle and sophisticated or must unstable and unsophisticated relations between lovers – and it is this: they took “kindness” for “weakness.”
Sylvester Stallone

There is a fear of peace that I don’t understand. Witness the old epithet “peaceniks,” the association of peace with weakness. We mistake kindness for weakness in individuals, too. Gandhi found the essence of Christianity to be gentleness, the exaltation of means over ends. Using violence, against us or them, to achieve peace is like beating children to get them to be good. It only works in the short term. Believe in peace, think peace, live peace. Be a building-block of peace. Make it the center of your strength.
Jennifer James

Quotes About Kindness To Others

Get inspiration from writers, artists and comedians such as Maya Angelou, Bob Hope, Louisa M. Alcott, Conan O’Brien, Josh Radnor and more regarding how best to treat the people in your life.
Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
Robert Brault

How wise must one be to be always kind!
Marie Dubsky

If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you said about people and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?

Kindness is just love with its workboots on.
Karen McCullah

[K]ind deeds often come back to the givers in fairer shapes than they go.
Louisa M. Alcott


If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
Bob Hope

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
Jesse Jackson

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
Charles H. Spurgeon

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.
Stacy London

Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.
Jasmine Guinness

Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.
Conan O’Brien

Treat others as you wish to be treated. Don’t just be nice, but be kind to other people. That can be so rewarding.
Mary Lambert

It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be.
Josh Radnor

I’m doing my best to be mindful about how I’m living: to be kind and patient, and not to impose a bad mood on somebody else. Being mindful is as good a way to be spiritual as anything else.
Deirdre O’Kane

We should be inspired by people… who show that human beings can be kind, brave, generous, beautiful, strong-even in the most difficult circumstances.
Rachel Corrie

If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.
Maya Angelou

Take time to be kind and to say ‘thank you.’
Zig Ziglar

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Kindness Quotes From The Bible

The “Golden Rule” is one of the ultimate precepts when it comes to kindness. There are many more important quotes about this topic in the Bible, too many to list, but if you take them to heart, you are sure to benefit significantly from the ones gathered here.
And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”
Genesis 20:13

Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.
Genesis 21:23

Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
Genesis 24:12

May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.
Genesis 24:14

But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.
Genesis 40:14

Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign
Joshua 2:12

They also failed to show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) in spite of all the good things he had done for them.
Judges 8:35

“The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers. ” 21 Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.’
Ruth 2:20-21

The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.
Ruth 3:10

But show me unfailing kindness like the LORD’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,
1 Samuel 20:14

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32

The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all.
Acts 28:2

if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well,
Acts 4:9

For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
Hebrews 6:10

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Romans 2:4

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
Luke 6:35

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
Colossians 3:12

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 3:3

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Hebrews 13:2

Quotes About Kindness To Animals

You don’t have to be vegan to want to treat animals well. Here we have gathered some quotes about the goodness of animals as well as the important qualities they help us cultivate.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
James Herriot

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France

You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
Alice Walker


The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Martin Buber

We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be –the mythologized epitome of a savage ruthless killer – which is, in reality, no more than a reflected image of ourself.
Farley Mowat

Animals are such agreeable friends―they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
Alfred A. Montapert

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.
A.A. Milne

I am sometimes asked, ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?’ I answer: ‘I am working at the roots.’
George Thorndike Angell

Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.
Albert Schweitzer

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.
Albert Einstein

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals’ suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don’t vote.
Paul Harvey

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Francis of Assisi

So often when you start talking about kindness to animals someone comments that starving and mistreated children should come first. The issue can’t be divided like that. It isn’t a choice between children and animals. It’s our duty to care for both. Kindness is the important thing. Kids and animals are our responsibility.
Minnie Pearl

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
Immanuel Kant

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.
Abraham Lincoln

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
James Herriot

I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
Brigitte Bardot

Quotes About Repaying Kindness

Show your appreciation for someone else’s act of kindness by letting it inspire kindness in you as well. There is a whole movement dedicated to the principle of “paying it forward”. Let these quotes remind you to do your part.
If someone has hurt us, we should not react and try to hurt them in return. We should not fall to their level. Repay them with kindness and love and in time they will realize their mistake. Even if they don’t, it is fine. Let us be good!
Sham Hinduja

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Kahlil Gibran

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Make our Earth an Eden like the heaven above.
Julia F Carney

Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
Anne Herbert

I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Stephan Grellet

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house… let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness.
Mother Teresa

Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.

Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.
S H Simmons

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.

If something uncharitable is said in your presence, either speak in favor of the absent, or withdraw, or, if possible, stop the conversation.
St. John Vianney

By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness.
Nigerian proverb

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.
William Hazlitt

Kind words elicit trust. Kind thoughts create depth. Kind deeds bring love.
Lao Tzu

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
William Wordsworth

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.
Henry Clay

One ill behaviour may cause others to forget the kindness we’ve done.
Indonesian proverb

Quotes About The Kindness Of Strangers

These are the quotes to read if you are interested in random acts of kindness. Let them inspire you to treat every person you meet with the same consideration you would wish to be treated yourself.
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Tennessee Williams

Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.
Mike McIntyre

I walk on, wondering how the people who have the least to give are often the ones who give the most.
Mike McIntyre

I’ve never understood what people mean when they say they have to find themselves. We know who we are. The hard part is being that person. It’s always so much easier to be someone else.
Mike McIntyre

I’m forced to rethink my feelings toward cops. I guess they’re not all bad. After all, I did travel all the way to North Carolina before getting hassled by one.
Mike McIntyre


I’m reminded that no matter how hard we try, nothing we do is in a vacuum.
Mike McIntyre

At the start of this journey I wondered if America was too suspicious to let a stranger into its heart. But on this day I wonder if it’s the stranger who’s too suspicious to allow America into his heart.
Mike McIntyre

We stop for gas in Asheville, North Carolina. The cashier in the minimart sits in a bulletproof booth, something I haven’t seen since leaving San Francisco.
Mike McIntyre

I guess I make the most of what comes and the least of what goes.
Mike McIntyre

There was a time in this country when you were a jerk if you passed somebody in need. Now you’re a fool for helping. Gangs, drugs, murderers, rapists, thieves, carjackers. Why risk it? I Don’t Want to Get Involved has become a national motto.
Mike McIntyre

Quotes On Kindness And Giving

Generosity and kindness are inextricably linked. Giving does not have to be about material objects and money. Sometimes giving your time and attention can make the greatest difference, so everyone truly is in a position to be generous.
Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.
Mother Teresa

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
George MacDonald

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

All you have shall some day be given;
Therefore give now, that the season of giving
may be yours and not your inheritors.
Kahlil Gibran

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.
D. Elton Trueblood

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give
Kahlil Gibran

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.
Robert M. Pirsig

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.
Roy T. Bennett

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
Charles Dickens

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
Mother Teresa

Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.
Roy T. Bennett

Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return.
Roy T. Bennett

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
Winston S. Churchill

The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.
Carol Ryrie Brink

Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.
Roy T. Bennett

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.
Ben Carson

Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.
Criss Jami

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