Aristotle, and W. Rhys Roberts. Rhetoric. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2004. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Book II, chapter 7.
Aristotle continues his tour of character qualities by discussing kindness. This “may be defined as helpfulness towards some one in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped” (Aristotle II.7, B 1385a).We often perceive kindness, even if nothing is actually done, because of people who are present emotionally. Sometimes the benefit of kindness may be relatively small but seem greater to the recipient in comparison to the situation at hand.